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d. Making Proper Use of Impressions

"Neither desire nor aversion, but sense impressions."

Do not allow yourself to be carried away by [the] intensity of your impression: but say, 'Impression, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are, and what you represent. Let me test you. Let me spend some time with you.'" Then, afterwards, do not allow it to draw you on by picturing what may come next, for if you do, it will lead you wherever it pleases. But rather, you should introduce some fair and noble impression to replace it, and banish this base and sordid one. 

(Discourses 2.18.24–5, trans. Hard)
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