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Epictetus Quotes

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Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.


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


One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.


Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.


You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.


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?


Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.


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


Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.


Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.


Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.


We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.


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


No man is free who is not master of himself.


If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.


The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.


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


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


Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.


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


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