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Epictetus Quotes

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Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.


Only the educated are free.


The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.


People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.


No great thing is created suddenly.


Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.


He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free.


Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.


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.


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


Freedom is the right to live as we wish.


He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.


If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.


Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.


All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.


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


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


Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.


If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.


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