Of things some are in our power, and others are not.
In our power are:
- Movement toward a thing
- Aversion (turning from a thing)
And, in a word, whatever are our own acts.
Not in our power are:
- The body
- Offices (magisterial power)
And, in a word, whatever are not our own acts.
And the things in our power
are by nature free,
not subject to restraint or hindrance –
But the things not in our power
are weak, slavish, subject to restraint,
in the control of others.
Remember then that if you think the things
which are by nature slavish to be free,
And the things
which are in the power of others to be your own,
You will be hindered,
You will lament,
You will be disturbed,
You will blame both gods and men.
But if you think
that only which is your own to be your own
And if you think
that what is another’s,
as it really is,
belongs to another,
No man will ever compel you,
No man will hinder you,
You will never blame any man,
You will accuse no man
You will do nothing involuntarily (against your will),
No man will harm you,
You will have no enemy,
For you will not suffer any harm.