That talents are treacherous for the uneducated

Epictetus – Discourses Book 1
I.8. That talents are treacherous for the uneducated

We must not concentrate on learning about argumentation before sufficiently improving our character. In other words, we should not be distracted from the business of improving our character by dividing our attention for other studies at this point in our education.

Proof and persuasion are important skills, but they become dangerous for the morally weak. They make people with weak character conceited and full of themselves.

Being a philosopher means, first and foremost, having the right kind of moral character.

Being good at arguing is a fine trait, but it is not the primary trait you have to master on the path of the philosopher.

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