Daniel Dockery

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Shawshank Epictetus • Daniel Dockery

Shawshank Epictetus

January 17th, 2011

οὐκ οἶδας, ὅτι καὶ νόσος καὶ θάνατος καταλαβεῖν ἡμᾶς ὀφείλουσίν τί ποτε ποιοῦντας; τὸν γεωργὸν γεωργοῦντα καταλαμβάνουσι, τὸν ναυτικὸν πλέοντα. σὺ τί θέλεις ποιῶν καταληφθῆναι; τί ποτε μὲν γὰρ ποιοῦντά σε δεῖ καταληφθῆναι. εἴ τι ἔχεις τούτου κρεῖσσον ποιῶν καταληφθῆναι, ποίει ἐκεῖνο.

Ἐπίκτητος, Αρριανου των Επικτητου Διατριβων, III.5,
“Πρὸς τοὺς διὰ νόσον ἀπαλλαττομένους”.

Don’t you know that both sickness and death must eventually surprise us, no matter what we’re doing? They’ll surprise the farmer in his field, the sailor at sea. What do you want to be doing when they come for you? For make no mistake, you will be overtaken. If you have anything better to do before then, get to work on that.

Epictetus, Discourses, book III, letter 5.

Or, to use the paraphrase from Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

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