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The Golden Sayings of Epictetus - Epictetus

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The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

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Are these the only works of Providence within us? What words
suffice to praise or set them forth? Had we but understanding,
should we ever cease hymning and blessing the Divine Power, both
openly and in secret, and telling of His gracious gifts? Whether
digging or ploughing or eating, should we not sing the hymn to
God:--

Great is God, for that He hath given us such instruments to till

the ground withal:
Great is God, for that He hath given us hands and the power of
swallowing and digesting; of unconsciously growing and
breathing while we sleep!

Thus should we ever have sung; yea and this, the grandest and
divinest hymn of all:--

Great is God, for that He hath given us a mind to apprehend these
things, and duly to use them!


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