“This hammer is reserved only for sycophants and hypocrites…”
Had the Greek philosopher lived up to 21st century, and looked at what happens to the world today, he could have seen his own sayings survive for more than two millennia, and goes on reverberating to the future, far, probably very far beyond.
“If you throw some nuts and cookies on a road, you will eventually see children come, pick them up, and start to argue and fight for them. Adults would not fight for such things. And even children would not pick up the nuts’ empty shells.
For a wise man, the wealth, the glory, and the rewards of this world are like sweets or empty shells on a road. Let the children pick them up and fight for them. Let them kiss the hands of the rich men, the rulers, and their servants. For the wise one, all these are but empty shells.”
Bonus: Epictetus died in 135 AD. And his words still ring true, and hard, thousands of years beyond his demise.