Figs in winter and the idea of an art of living

Epictetus teaches us how to enjoy people and things while they are with us, rather than regret them when they are no longer

“So if you long for your son or your friend at a time when they aren’t given to you, you’re longing for a fig in winter, believe me.” (Epictetus, Discourses, III.24.87)



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Philosophy as a Way of Life

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