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    Seek not the good in external things; seek it in yourselves.
    — Epictetus
    He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
    — Epictetus
    tags: men  wise 
     
    The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
    — Epictetus
    Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regardless of what other people think or do. Hold to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.
    — Epictetus
    tags: people  true 
     
    First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
    — Epictetus
    tags: meaning  learn 
     
    It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
    — Epictetus
    tags: men  impossible  learn 
     
    Circumstances don't make the man, they only reveal him to himself.
    — Epictetus
    tags: men 
     
    Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.
    — Epictetus
    tags: attitude 
     
    He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.
    — Epictetus
    It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
    — Epictetus
    The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
    — Epictetus
    tags: people  key  company 
     
    If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
    — Epictetus
    tags: thoughts 
     
    Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems
    — Epictetus
    tags: men  anxiety  problem  real 
     
    Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents." Translation by Sharon Lebell
    — Epictetus
    tags: people  mistakes  progress  bad  mind  book  read 
     
    Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.
    — Epictetus
    tags: philosophy 
     
    Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
    — Epictetus
    tags: wealth 
     
    If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.
    — Epictetus
    tags: people  alone 
     
    Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation. Which is why it is essential that we not respond impulsively to impressions; take a moment before reacting, and you will find it easier to maintain control.
    — Epictetus
    Demand not that things happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.
    — Epictetus
    tags: wishes 
     
    Small-minded people blame others. Average people blame themselves. The wise see all blame as foolishness
    — Epictetus
    tags: people  wise 
     
    Asked, Who is the rich man? Epictetus replied, “He who is content.
    — Epictetus
    We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us.
    — Epictetus
    tags: thoughts 
     
    Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat.
    — Epictetus
    tags: men  young  god 
     
    A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope
    — Epictetus
    tags: hope 
     
    Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
    — Epictetus
    If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.
    — Epictetus
    tags: evil  lies  true 
     
    Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.
    — Epictetus
    Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
    — Epictetus
    tags: evil  present 
     
    We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
    — Epictetus
    We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and talk the less.
    — Epictetus
    There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
    — Epictetus
    tags: happiness  power 
     
    There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.
    — Epictetus
    tags: men 
     
    The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.
    — Epictetus
    tags: men  lies 
     
    The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
    — Epictetus
    Practise yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things and thence proceed to greater.
    — Epictetus
    tags: heaven 
     
    No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
    — Epictetus
    tags: desires  time 
     
    Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
    — Epictetus
    tags: nature 
     
    Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them.
    — Epictetus
    tags: men  meaning 
     
    Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
    — Epictetus
    tags: power 
     
    Know, first, who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.
    — Epictetus
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    epictetus
    Birth    : 55
    Death  : 135
    Occupation  : Philosopher