Quotes of Epictetus

“ If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase. ”

- Epictetus

“ If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: 'I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods. ”

- Epictetus

“ What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows. ”

- Epictetus

“ Only the educated are free. ”

- Epictetus

“ Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. ”

- Epictetus

“ Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent. ”

- Epictetus

“ Only the educated are free. ”

- Epictetus

“ When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing? ”

- Epictetus

“ No man is free who is not master of himself. ”

- Epictetus

“ When then a man irritates you, you must know that it is your own opinion which has irritated you. ”

- Epictetus

“ It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. ”

- Epictetus

“ No man is free who is not master of himself. ”

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

“ Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants. ”

- Epictetus

“ No great thing is created suddenly. ”

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

“ Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. ”

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

“ It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. ”

- Epictetus

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

- Epictetus

“ It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. ”

- Epictetus

“ It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. ”

- Epictetus

“ Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have. ”

- Epictetus
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