„Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.“

—  Epictetus, Discourses, Context: Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task. Book I, ch. 27.
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