The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Golden Sayings of Epictetus by Epictetus:|
what price you will sell yourself. For men sell themselves at
various prices. This was why, when Florus was deliberating
whether he should appear at Nero's shows, taking part in the
performance himself, Agrippinus replied, 'But why do not you
appear?' he answered, 'Because I do not even consider the
question.' For the man who has once stooped to consider such
questions, and to reckon up the value of external things, is not
far from forgetting what manner of man he is. Why, what is it
that you ask me? Is death preferable, or life? I reply, Life.
Pain or pleasure? I reply, Pleasure."
"Well, but if I do not act, I shall lose my head."
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus