Epictetus Quotes

โ€œIt is impossible for a m...

โ€œIt is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.โ€ โ€• Epictetus
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โ€œIf anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not ...

โ€œIf 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.โ€ - Epictetus
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Just keep in mind: the more we ...

Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have. Epictetus
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Wealth consists not in hav...

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants (c) Epictetus
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No man is free wh...

No man is free who is not a master of himself (c) Epictetus
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โ€œPeople are not disturbed ...

โ€œPeople are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.โ€ โ€• Epictetus
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"Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regard...

"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
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"One that desires to excel should ...

"One that desires to excel should endeavour in those things that are in themselves most excellent." -Epictetus
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"The world turns aside to ...

"The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going. " -Epictetus
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โ€œWe canโ€™t control the impressions oth...

โ€œWe canโ€™t control the impressions others form about us, and the effort to do so only debases our character.โ€ โ€”Epictetus
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It's not what happens to...

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. - Epictetus
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"If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the ...

"If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary." --Epictetus (From Manual 51)
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"If you want to improve, ...

"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid." โ€”Epictetus
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โ€œNo man is free w...

โ€œNo man is free who is not a master of himself.โ€ ~Epictetus
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"It is difficult...

"It is difficulties that show what men are." --Epictetus
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"Freedom is not archived ...

"Freedom is not archived by satisfying desire, but by eliminating it." - Epictetus
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โ€œWe are not privy to the stories behind peopleโ€™s actions, ...

โ€œWe are not privy to the stories behind peopleโ€™s actions, so we should be patient with others and suspend judgement of them, recognizing the limits of our understanding.โ€ โ€” Epictetus
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โ€œDon't seek to have events happen as you w...

โ€œDon't seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen, and all will be well with you.โ€ โ€•Epictetus
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โ€œKnow, first, who you a...

โ€œKnow, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.โ€ โ€” Epictetus
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"We suffer not from the even...

"We suffer not from the events of our lives, but from our judgement about them." -Epictetus
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โ€œDon't explain y...

โ€œDon't explain your philosophy. Embody it.โ€ โ€• Epictetus
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โ€œAny person capable of angering you becomes ...

โ€œAny person capable of angering you becomes your master. He can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.โ€ - Epictetus
๐Ÿ“…๏ธŽ Jul 16
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"It is impossible for a m...

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." โ€”Epictetus
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"If you are ever tempted to look for outside app...

"If you are ever tempted to look for outside approval, realize that you have compromised your integrity. If you need a witness, be your own." โ€”Epictetus
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โ€œDon't explain y...

โ€œDon't explain your philosophy. Embody it.โ€ โ€• Epictetus
๐Ÿ“…๏ธŽ Jul 14
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"Give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your characte...

"Give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths." - Epictetus
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"Nothing important comes into being overnight; even g...

"Nothing important comes into being overnight; even grapes or figs need time to ripen. If you say that you want a fig now, I will tell you to be patient." - Epictetus
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"When considering the future, remember that all situation...

"When considering the future, remember that all situations unfold as they do regardless of how we feel about them. Our hopes and fears sway us, not events themselves." - Epictetus
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"No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes o...

"No thing 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." - Epictetus
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"It is always our choice whether or not we wish to pay the ...

"It is always our choice whether or not we wish to pay the price for life's rewards. And often it is best for us not to pay the price, for the price might be our integrity." โ€• Epictetus
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"No man is free w...

"No man is free who is not master of himself." --Epictetus
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โ€œAny person capable of angering you becomes ...

โ€œAny person capable of angering you becomes your master. He can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.โ€ - Epictetus
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If you seek truth you will not seek victo...

If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonourable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. - Epictetus
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Know, first, yourself...

Know, first, yourself, and then adorn yourself accordingly - Epictetus
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"No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes o...

"No thing 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." -Epictetus
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"Don't explain y...

"Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it." - Epictetus
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โ€œThe more we value things ...

โ€œThe more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.โ€ - Epictetus
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โ€œConsider at what price you sell y...

โ€œConsider at what price you sell your integrity; but please, for God's sake, don't sell it cheap.โ€ - Epictetus
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"The reason why I lost my lamp was that the thief was superior to me in vig...

"The reason why I lost my lamp was that the thief was superior to me in vigilance. He paid however this price for the lamp, that in exchange for it he consented to become a thief: in exchange for it, to become faithless." โ€” Epictetus
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"There is only one way to happiness and t...

"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will." โ€• Epictetus
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"When someone is properly grounded in...

"When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn't have to look outside themselves for approval." - Epictetus
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โ€œIf you must be affected by other peopleโ€™s...

โ€œIf you must be affected by other peopleโ€™s misfortunes, show them pity instead of contempt. Drop this readiness to hate.โ€ - Epictetus
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You are a little ...

You are a little soul bearing about a corpse. - Epictetus
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"It's not what happens t...

"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters"- Epictetus
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"The essence of philosophy is that a man should...

"The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things"......... Epictetus
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โ€œAny person capable of angering you becomes ...

โ€œAny person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.โ€ โ€• Epictetus
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"He is a wise man who does not grieve ...

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus
๐Ÿ“…๏ธŽ Dec 10
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"Donโ€™t explain y...

"Donโ€™t explain your philosophy. Embody it.โ€ - Epictetus
๐Ÿ“…๏ธŽ Dec 14
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โ€œMan is disturbed not by...

โ€œMan is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them.โ€-Epictetus
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"If a person gave away your body to some passerby, youโ€™d be furious. Yet...

"If a person gave away your body to some passerby, youโ€™d be furious. Yet, you hand over your mind to anyone who comes along, so they may abuse you, leaving it disturbed and troubled โ€” have you no shame in that?" - Epictetus
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"People are not disturbed ...

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." - Epictetus
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"Make the best use of what i...

"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens." - Epictetus
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"First say to yourself what...

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." - Epictetus
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"If evil be spoken of you and it...

"If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it."..... Epictetus
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First say to yourself wha...

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus
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