How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself

I found three slightly varying translations of note 51 from  Epitctetus’ Enchiridion. I am a bit obsessed with the subtlety and nuance of translations.

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason?”

“How long do you put off thinking yourself worthy of the best things, and never going against the definitive capacity of reason?

“How long will you then still defer thinking yourself worthy of the best things, and in no matter transgressing the distinctive reason?” (as translated by George Long.)

I first saw this quote from The Daily Stoic and of course loved it but by itself I doesn’t really capture the message.

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