“Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant” — Epictetus
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Epictetus is contrasting the value of education versus wealth. He means that it is better to teach children knowledge and wisdom rather than just leaving them money, because an education provides hope and opportunities that outlast wealth.
The “instructed” refers to those who are educated and knowledgeable, while the “ignorant” means those without education. Epictetus is saying that having an education gives people better hopes and chances to succeed in life than just having money alone without knowledge or skills.