Epictetus on “frankness in speech”

— Epictetus

If I say what I have in mind, I shall hurt your feelings and you will leave, perhaps never to return; but if I do not say it, consider the sort of thing I shall be doing. Here you are coming to me to get some benefit, and I shall be bestowing no benefit at all; and you are coming to me as a philosopher, and I shall be saying nothing to you as a philosopher. Besides, it is anything but cruel for me to leave you unreformed? If some time in the future, you come to your senses, you will have good reason to blame me.”

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