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Epictetus Quotes

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Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.


Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.


The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.


It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.


There is nothing good or evil save in the will.


Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.


Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of 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.


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.


The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.


If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.


If you wish to be a writer, write.


Silence is safer than speech.


We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.


The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.


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.


Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.


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.


It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.


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