Epictetus Stoic Quotes

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Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world. - Happiness
Epictetus Quotes
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. - Happiness
Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world. - Lies and Lying
A strict belief, fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers. - Destiny
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. - Affirmation
Difficulties are things that show a person what they are. - Difficulties
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. - Attitude

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. - Discipline
Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit. - Anger
He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God. - Wisdom
A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Wisdom
What will the world be quite overturned when you die?- Egotism
The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. - Truth
No greater 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. - Perseverance
Freedom is the right to live as we wish. - Freedom
Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen. - Opinions
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. - Adversity
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly. - Knowledge
It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking. - Insults
A man that seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society. - Truth
No great thing is created suddenly. - Greatness
A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope. - Life and Living
Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything. - Death and Dying
Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person, but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen. - Coward and Cowardice
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. - Critics and Criticism
It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice. - Choice
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. - Hope
Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? is not this also a return? - Losers and Losing
One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent. - Perfection
You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. - Life and Living
Nothing great 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.- Patience
Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. - Belief
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.- Pleasure
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. - Achievement
It is the sign of a dull mind to dwell upon the cares of the body, to prolong exercise, eating and drinking and other bodily functions. These things are best done by the way; all your attention must be given to the mind. - Mind
He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk. - Alcohol and Alcoholism
So you wish to conquer in the Olympic games, my friend? And I too, by the Gods, and a fine thing it would be! But first mark the conditions and the consequences, and then set to work. You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or no, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and from wine at your will; in a word, to give yourself over to the trainer as to a physician. Then in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, or to be severely thrashed, and, after all these things, to be defeated. - Sports
Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another. - Destiny
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Satisfaction
If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before. - Philosophers and Philosophy
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty, God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil. - Difficulties
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. - Patience
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak. - Listening
It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse. - Body
Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them? - Children
The soul's impurity consists in bad judgments, and purification consists in producing in it right judgments, and the pure soul is one which has right judgments.- Soul

Short Epectitus Quotes

  • For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship. - Fear

  • Epictetus Quotes

  • All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. - Abstinence
  • First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. - Speakers and Speaking
  • No man is free who is not a master of himself. - Freedom
  • Only the educated are free. - Education
  • It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. - Knowledge
  • If you wish to be a writer; write! - Writers and Writing
    Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. - Freedom
    Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. - Power
    God hath entrusted me with myself. - God

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