Epictetus Quotes (39 quotations)

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1. A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Epictetus

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

3. 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. - Epictetus

4. Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. - Epictetus

5. Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee. - Epictetus

6. Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil. - Epictetus

7. First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. - Epictetus

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

9. Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire. - Epictetus

10. God has entrusted me with myself. - Epictetus

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

12. 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. - Epictetus

13. 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

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

15. If you wish to be a writer, write. - Epictetus

16. 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

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

18. It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortune; of one entering instruction, to reproach himself; and one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others nor himself. - Epictetus

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

20. Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. - Epictetus

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

22. No great thing is created suddenly. - Epictetus

23. 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. - Epictetus

24. No man is free who is not master of himself. - Epictetus

25. Only the educated are free. - Epictetus

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