Make the Best of What is Set Before You

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Epictetus

When we are invited to a banquet, we take what is set before us; and were one to call upon his host to set fish upon the table or sweet things, he would be deemed absurd. Yet in a word, we ask the Gods for what they do not give; and that, although they have given us so many things!

Source: Epictetus, “Golden Sayings of Epictetus,” XXXV, Epictetus (A.D. 50-A.D. 138).


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