What Would Heracles Have Been?

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What would Heracles have been if he had said, “How am I to prevent a big lion from appearing, or a big boar, or brutal men?” What care you, I say? If a big boar appears, you will have a greater struggle to engage in; if evil men appear, you will free the world from evil men.

“But if I die thus?”

You will die a good man, fulfilling a noble action.

— Epictetus, Discourses, Book IV, Ch. 10

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