Epictetus "the Stoic"

Epictetus "the Stoic"

Greek Sage and Stoic Philosopher

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You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

If you wish to be a writer, write.

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.

God has entrusted me with myself.

Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.

You ought to choose both physician and friend, not the most agreeable, but the most useful.

When we meet with difficulties, become anxious or troubled, let us not blame others, but rather ourselves, that is: our ideas about things.

When men are unhappy, they do not imagine they can ever cease to be so; and when some calamity has fallen on them, they do not see how they can get rid of it. Nevertheless, both arrive; and the gods have ordered it so, in the end men seek it from the gods.

What is it that every man seeks? To be secure, to be happy, to do what he pleases without restraint, and without compulsion.

We ought neither to fasten our ship to one small anchor nor our life to a single hope.

We must be afraid of neither poverty nor exile nor imprisonment; of fear itself only should we be afraid.

Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.

Truth is s thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time, nor does it take away the freedom of speech which proceeds from justice; but it gives to us the knowledge of what is just and lawful, separating from them the unjust and refuting them.

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education; to accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun; to accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

These are the signs of a wise man: to reprove nobody, to praise nobody, to blame nobody, nor event speak of himself or his own efforts.

There is nothing good or evil save in the will.

The universe is but one great city, full of beloved ones, divine and human, by nature endeared to each other.

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Greek Sage and Stoic Philosopher