Epictetus Quotes & Wallpapers

Total Quotes: 556

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

Common and vulgar people ascribe all ills that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wisdom, to no one. Epictetus

A half-hearted spirit has no power. Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Average people enter into their endeavors headlong and without care. Epictetus

Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything. Epictetus

All human beings seek the happy life, but many confuse the means - for example, wealth and status - with that life itself. This misguided focus on the means to a good life makes people get further from the happy life. The really worthwhile things are the virtuous activities that make up the happy life, not the external means that may seem to produce it. Epictetus

Nothing great comes into being all at once. Epictetus

Consider the bigger picture.....think things through and fully commit! Epictetus

Nothing really pleasant or unpleasant subsists by nature, but all things become so by habit. Epictetus

The soul's impurity consists in bad judgments, and purification consists in producing in it right judgments, and the pure soul is one which has right judgments. Epictetus

We must be afraid of neither poverty nor exile nor imprisonment; of fear itself only should we be afraid. Epictetus

It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous - even death is terrible only if we fear it. Epictetus

It's time to stop being vague. If you wish to be an extraordinary person, if you wish to be wise, then you should explicitly identify the kind of person you aspire to become. Epictetus

It is not my place in society that makes me well off, but my judgements, and these I can carry with me... These alone are my own and cannot be taken away. Epictetus

In theory there is nothing to hinder our following what we are taught; but in life there are many things to draw us aside. Epictetus

If what philosophers say of the kinship of God and Men be true, what remains for men to do but as Socrates did:-never, when asked one's country, to answer, 'I am an Athenian or a Corinthian,' but 'I am a citizen of the world.' (15). Epictetus

Refuse altogether to take an oath if you can, if not, as far as may be. (166). Epictetus

It is more necessary for the soul to be cured than the body; for it is better to die than to live badly. Epictetus

Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions, as the habit of walking, by walking; of running, by running. Epictetus

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

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

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

A vulgar man, in any ill that happens to him, blames others; a novice in philosophy blames himself; and a philosopher blames neither, the one nor the other. Epictetus

God has entrusted me with myself. Epictetus

Freedom is secured not by the fulfillment of one's desires, but by the removal of desire. Epictetus

You bear God within you, poor wretch, and know it not. Epictetus

Whoever wants to be free, therefore, let him not want or avoid anything that is up to others. Otherwise he will necessarily be a slave. Epictetus

If you would be well spoken of, learn to be well-spoken; and having learnt to be well- spoken, strive also to be well-doing; so shall you succeed in being well spoken of. Epictetus

Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them. Epictetus

If any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone. For God hath made all men to enjoy felicity and constancy of good. Epictetus

Ask yourself, "How are my thoughts, words and deeds affecting my friends, my spouse, my neighbour, my child, my employer, my subordinates, my fellow citizens?" Epictetus

When we name things correctly, we comprehend them correctly, without adding information or judgements that aren't there. Does someone bathe quickly? Don't say be bathes poorly, but quickly. Name the situation as it is, don't filter it through your judgments. Give your assent only to that which is actually true. Epictetus

What is a child? Ignorance. What is a child? Want of instruction. Epictetus

And be silent for the most part, or else make only the most necessary remarks, and express these in few words. But rarely, and when occasion requires you to talk, talk, indeed, but about no ordinary topics. Do not talk about gladiators, or horseraces, or athletes, or things to eat or drink - topics that arise on all occasions; but above all, do not talk about people, either blaming, or praising, or comparing them. Epictetus

You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be. Epictetus

Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. Epictetus

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

Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature. the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Epictetus

Demand not that events should happen as you wish; but wish them to happen as they do happen, and you will go on well. Epictetus

A man that is desirous to excel should endeavor it in those things that are in themselves most excellent. Epictetus

Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now. Epictetus

If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone. Epictetus

What is yours is to play the assigned part well. But to choose it belongs to someone else Epictetus

It is better to die of hunger having lived without grief and fear, than to live with a troubled spirit, amid abundance Epictetus

When men are unhappy, they do not imagine they can ever cease to be so; and when some calamity has fallen on them, they do not see how they can get rid of it. Nevertheless, both arrive; and the gods have ordered it so, in the end men seek it from the gods Epictetus

To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable; but everything reasonable may be supported. Epictetus

When your thoughts, words, and deeds form a seamless fabric, you streamline your efforts and thus eliminate worry and dread. Epictetus

Your master is he who controls that on which you have set your heart or wish to avoid. Epictetus

To adorn our characters by the charm of an amiable nature shows at once a lover of beauty and a lover of man. Epictetus

Everything has two handles; the one soft and manageable, the other such as will not endure to be touched. If then your brother do you an injury, do not take it by the hot hard handle, by representing to yourself all the aggravating circumstances of the fact; but look rather on the soft side, and extenuate it as much as is possible, by considering the nearness of the relation, and the long friendship and familiarity between you-obligations to kindness which a single provocation ought not to dissolve. And thus you will take the accident by its manageable handle. Epictetus

It is wicked to withdraw from being useful to the needy, and cowardly to give way to the worthless. Epictetus

No great thing is created suddenly. There must be time. Give your best and always be kind. Epictetus

Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can't control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible. Epictetus

Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men! Epictetus

Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them. Epictetus

It is unreasonable to think we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price. It is always our choice whether or not we wish to pay the price for life's rewards. Epictetus

You will fetter my leg, but not Zeus himself can get the better of my free will. Epictetus

Do not strive for things occurring to occur as you wish, but wish the things occurring as they occur, and you will flow well. Epictetus

Have the wisdom to know what cannot be changed, and the strength to change what can. Epictetus

No living being is held by anything so strongly as its own needs. Epictetus

It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice. Epictetus

What, will the world be quite overturned when you die? Epictetus

Yet God hath not only granted these faculties, by which we may bear every event without being depressed or broken by it, but like a good prince and a true father, hath placed their exercise above restraint, compulsion, or hindrance, and wholly without our own control. Epictetus

When one maintains his proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals. What would you have, O man? Epictetus

Shall I show you the sinews of a philosopher? What sinews are those? - A will undisappointed; evils avoided; powers daily exercised, careful resolutions; unerring decisions. Epictetus

Fortify thyself with contentment: that is an impregnable stronghold. Epictetus

You are a little soul, carrying a corpse. Epictetus

If I can acquire money and also keep myself modest and faithful and magnanimous, point out the way, and I will acquire it. Epictetus

If what the philosophers say be true, that all men's actions proceed from one source; that as they assent from a persuasion that a thing is so, and dissent from a persuasion that it is not, and suspend their judgment from a persuasion that it is uncertain, so likewise they seek a thing from a persuasion that it is for their advantage. Epictetus

Let thy speech of God be renewed day by day, aye, rather than thy meat and drink. Epictetus

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