epictetus Quotes

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.
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— Epictetus
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.
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— Epictetus
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
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— Epictetus
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
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— Epictetus
Circumstances don't make the man, they only reveal him to himself.
tags: men
— Epictetus
Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.
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— Epictetus
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.
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— Epictetus
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
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— Epictetus
Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems
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— Epictetus
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
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— Epictetus
Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.
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— Epictetus
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
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— Epictetus
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.
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— Epictetus
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.
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— Epictetus
Demand not that things happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.
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— Epictetus
Small-minded people blame others. Average people blame themselves. The wise see all blame as foolishness
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— Epictetus
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.
tags: thoughts
— Epictetus
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.
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— Epictetus
A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope
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— Epictetus
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.
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— Epictetus
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.
tags: time people moment challenge giving
— Epictetus
Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
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— Epictetus
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.
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— 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.
tags: happiness power
— Epictetus
There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.
tags: men
— Epictetus
The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.
tags: men lies
— Epictetus
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
tags: happiness men live philosophy
— Epictetus
Practise yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things and thence proceed to greater.
tags: heaven
— Epictetus
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.
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— Epictetus
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
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— Epictetus
Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them.
tags: men meaning
— Epictetus
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
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— Epictetus
Know, first, who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.
— Epictetus
epictetus
Birth    : 55
Death  : 135
Occupation  : Philosopher