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Epictetus (Greek: Ἐπίκτητος, Epíktētos; c. 50 – c. 135 AD) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey) and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion.

Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.

quote by Epictetus: Difficulty shows what men are. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Difficulty shows what men are....

Difficulty shows what men are.

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Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat.


quote by Epictetus: God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be withou...

God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.

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quote by Epictetus: Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality whose example you determine to follow, in priv...

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

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quote by Epictetus: I have a lantern. You steal my lantern. What, then, is your honor worth no more to you than the price of my lantern! with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: I have a lantern. You steal my lantern. What, then, is your honor worth no more to you than the pric...

I have a lantern. You steal my lantern. What, then, is your honor worth no more to you than the price of my lantern!

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quote by Epictetus: Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater....

Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater.

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quote by Epictetus: When one maintains her proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: When one maintains her proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals....

When one maintains her proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals.

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quote by Epictetus: The appearance of things to the mind is the standard of every action to man. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The appearance of things to the mind is the standard of every action to man....

The appearance of things to the mind is the standard of every action to man.

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quote by 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 o… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: A vulgar man, in any ill that happens to him, blames others; a novice in philosophy blames himself; ...

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.

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quote by Epictetus: If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong doing, but more than ever that he is thy ...

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.

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quote by Epictetus: Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it, but accustom yourself to som… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not pr...

Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it, but accustom yourself to something else.

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quote by Epictetus: To make anything a habit, do it; to not make it a habit, do not do it; to unmake a habit, do something else in place of it. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: To make anything a habit, do it; to not make it a habit, do not do it; to unmake a habit, do somethi...

To make anything a habit, do it; to not make it a habit, do not do it; to unmake a habit, do something else in place of it.

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quote by Epictetus: We should realize that an opinion is not easily formed unless a person says and hears the same things every day and practises them in real … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: We should realize that an opinion is not easily formed unless a person says and hears the same thing...

We should realize that an opinion is not easily formed unless a person says and hears the same things every day and practises them in real life.

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quote by Epictetus: To adorn our characters by the charm of an amiable nature shows at once a lover of beauty and a lover of man. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: To adorn our characters by the charm of an amiable nature shows at once a lover of beauty and a love...

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

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quote by Epictetus: When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them...

When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well.

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quote by Epictetus: Against specious appearances we must set clear convictions, bright and ready for use. When death appears as an evil, we ought immediately t… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Against specious appearances we must set clear convictions, bright and ready for use. When death app...

Against specious appearances we must set clear convictions, bright and ready for use. When death appears as an evil, we ought immediately to remember that evils are things to be avoided, but death is inevitable.

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quote by Epictetus: We must ever bear in mind -- that apart from the will there is nothing good or bad, and that we must not try to anticipate or to direct eve… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: We must ever bear in mind -- that apart from the will there is nothing good or bad, and that we must...

We must ever bear in mind -- that apart from the will there is nothing good or bad, and that we must not try to anticipate or to direct events, but merely to accept them with intelligence.

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quote by 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… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: When men are unhappy, they do not imagine they can ever cease to be so; and when some calamity has f...

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.

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quote by Epictetus: When the Idea, of any Pleasure strikes your Imagination... let that time be employed in making a just Computation between, the duration of … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: When the Idea, of any Pleasure strikes your Imagination... let that time be employed in making a jus...

When the Idea, of any Pleasure strikes your Imagination... let that time be employed in making a just Computation between, the duration of the Pleasure, and that of the Repentance sure to follow it.

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quote by 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 t… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is im...

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.

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quote by Epictetus: Confident because of our caution. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Confident because of our caution....

Confident because of our caution.

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quote by Epictetus: Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you, for their censures are not in your power and shou… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you, for their ...

Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you, for their censures are not in your power and should not be at all your concerns.

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quote by Epictetus: Fight against yourself, recover yourself to decency, to modesty, to freedom. And, in the first place, condemn your actions; but when you ha… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Fight against yourself, recover yourself to decency, to modesty, to freedom. And, in the first place...

Fight against yourself, recover yourself to decency, to modesty, to freedom. And, in the first place, condemn your actions; but when you have condemned them, do not despair of yourself. For both ruin and recovery are from within.

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quote by Epictetus: A ship should not be held by a single anchor; neither should life depend upon a single hope. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: A ship should not be held by a single anchor; neither should life depend upon a single hope....

A ship should not be held by a single anchor; neither should life depend upon a single hope.

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quote by Epictetus: Don't regard what anyone says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Don't regard what anyone says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours....

Don't regard what anyone says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours.

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quote by Epictetus: The essence of good and evil is a certain disposition of the will. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The essence of good and evil is a certain disposition of the will....

The essence of good and evil is a certain disposition of the will.

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quote by Epictetus: We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us....

We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us.

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quote by Epictetus: Ask yourself, How are my thoughts, words and deeds affecting my friends, my spouse, my neighbour, my child, my employer, my subordinates, m… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Ask yourself, How are my thoughts, words and deeds affecting my friends, my spouse, my neighbour, my...

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?

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quote by Epictetus: In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our in… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our do...

In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles.

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quote by Epictetus: I am not eternity, but a man; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: I am not eternity, but a man; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day....

I am not eternity, but a man; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day.

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quote by Epictetus: We should not have either a blunt knife or a freedom of speech which is ill-managed. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: We should not have either a blunt knife or a freedom of speech which is ill-managed....

We should not have either a blunt knife or a freedom of speech which is ill-managed.

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quote by Epictetus: Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men! with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men!...

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

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quote by Epictetus: If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad....

If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.

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quote by Epictetus: To pay homage to beauty is to admire Nature; to admire Nature is to worship God. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: To pay homage to beauty is to admire Nature; to admire Nature is to worship God....

To pay homage to beauty is to admire Nature; to admire Nature is to worship God.

--Epictetus

quote by Epictetus: Consider first the nature of the business in hand; then examine thy own nature, whether thou hast strength to undertake it. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Consider first the nature of the business in hand; then examine thy own nature, whether thou hast st...

Consider first the nature of the business in hand; then examine thy own nature, whether thou hast strength to undertake it.

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quote by Epictetus: If you think you control things that are in the control of others, you will lament. You will be disturbed and you will blame both gods and … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: If you think you control things that are in the control of others, you will lament. You will be dist...

If you think you control things that are in the control of others, you will lament. You will be disturbed and you will blame both gods and men.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: What is death? A scary mask. Take it off-see, it doesn't bite. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: What is death? A scary mask. Take it off-see, it doesn't bite....

What is death? A scary mask. Take it off-see, it doesn't bite.

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quote by Epictetus: Law intends indeed to do service to human life, but it is not able when men do not choose to accept her services; for it is only in those w… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Law intends indeed to do service to human life, but it is not able when men do not choose to accept ...

Law intends indeed to do service to human life, but it is not able when men do not choose to accept her services; for it is only in those who are obedient to her that she displays her special virtue.

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quote by Epictetus: In short, we do not abandon any discipline for despair of ever being the best in it. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: In short, we do not abandon any discipline for despair of ever being the best in it....

In short, we do not abandon any discipline for despair of ever being the best in it.

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quote by Epictetus: The condition and characteristic of an uninstructed person is this: he never expects from himself profit (advantage) nor harm, but from ext… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The condition and characteristic of an uninstructed person is this: he never expects from himself pr...

The condition and characteristic of an uninstructed person is this: he never expects from himself profit (advantage) nor harm, but from externals. The condition and characteristic of a philosopher is this: he expects all advantage and all harm from himself.

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quote by Epictetus: Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them? with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?...

Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?

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quote by Epictetus: Not things, but opinions about things, trouble men. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Not things, but opinions about things, trouble men....

Not things, but opinions about things, trouble men.

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quote by Epictetus: If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfecti… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of t...

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.

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quote by Epictetus: The cause of all human evils is the not being able to apply general principles to special cases. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The cause of all human evils is the not being able to apply general principles to special cases....

The cause of all human evils is the not being able to apply general principles to special cases.

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quote by Epictetus: Act well your given part; the choice rests not with you. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Act well your given part; the choice rests not with you....

Act well your given part; the choice rests not with you.

--Epictetus

quote by Epictetus: What is learned without pleasure is forgotten without remorse. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: What is learned without pleasure is forgotten without remorse....

What is learned without pleasure is forgotten without remorse.

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quote by Epictetus: Since it is Reason which shapes and regulates all other things, it ought not itself to be left in disorder. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Since it is Reason which shapes and regulates all other things, it ought not itself to be left in di...

Since it is Reason which shapes and regulates all other things, it ought not itself to be left in disorder.

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quote by Epictetus: When any person treats you ill or speaks ill of you, remember that he does this or says this because he thinks it is his duty. It is not po… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: When any person treats you ill or speaks ill of you, remember that he does this or says this because...

When any person treats you ill or speaks ill of you, remember that he does this or says this because he thinks it is his duty. It is not possible, then, for him to follow that which seems right to you, but that which seems right to himself.

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quote by Epictetus: There is but one way to tranquility of mind and happiness, and that is to account no external things thine own, but to commit all to God. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: There is but one way to tranquility of mind and happiness, and that is to account no external things...

There is but one way to tranquility of mind and happiness, and that is to account no external things thine own, but to commit all to God.

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quote by Epictetus: It is the part of an uneducated person to blame others where he himself fares ill; to blame himself is the part of one whose education has … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: It is the part of an uneducated person to blame others where he himself fares ill; to blame himself ...

It is the part of an uneducated person to blame others where he himself fares ill; to blame himself is the part of one whose education has begun; to blame neither another nor his own self is the part of one whose education is already complete.

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quote by Epictetus: The foolish and the uneducated have little use for freedom. Only the educated are free. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The foolish and the uneducated have little use for freedom. Only the educated are free....

The foolish and the uneducated have little use for freedom. Only the educated are free.

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quote by Epictetus: No man is able to make progress when he is wavering between opposite things. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: No man is able to make progress when he is wavering between opposite things....

No man is able to make progress when he is wavering between opposite things.

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quote by Epictetus: Events do not just happen, but arrive by appointment. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Events do not just happen, but arrive by appointment....

Events do not just happen, but arrive by appointment.

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quote by Epictetus: Consider the bigger picture.....think things through and fully commit! with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Consider the bigger picture.....think things through and fully commit!...

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

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quote by Epictetus: Each man's life is a kind of campaign, and a long and complicated one at that. You have to maintain the character of a soldier, and do each… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Each man's life is a kind of campaign, and a long and complicated one at that. You have to maintain ...

Each man's life is a kind of campaign, and a long and complicated one at that. You have to maintain the character of a soldier, and do each separate act at the bidding of the General.

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quote by Epictetus: Don't be concerned with other people's impressions of you. They are dazzled and deluded by appearances. Stick with your purpose. This alone… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Don't be concerned with other people's impressions of you. They are dazzled and deluded by appearanc...

Don't be concerned with other people's impressions of you. They are dazzled and deluded by appearances. Stick with your purpose. This alone will strengthen your will and give your life coherence.

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quote by Epictetus: Cowardice, the dread of what will happen. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Cowardice, the dread of what will happen....

Cowardice, the dread of what will happen.

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quote by Epictetus: Crows pick out the eyes of the dead, when the dead have no longer need of them; but flatterers mar the soul of the living, and her eyes the… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Crows pick out the eyes of the dead, when the dead have no longer need of them; but flatterers mar t...

Crows pick out the eyes of the dead, when the dead have no longer need of them; but flatterers mar the soul of the living, and her eyes they blind.

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quote by Epictetus: The flourishing life cannot be achieved until we moderate our desires and see how superficial and fleeting they are. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The flourishing life cannot be achieved until we moderate our desires and see how superficial and fl...

The flourishing life cannot be achieved until we moderate our desires and see how superficial and fleeting they are.

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quote by Epictetus: By accepting life's limits and inevitabilities and working with them rather than fighting them, we become free. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: By accepting life's limits and inevitabilities and working with them rather than fighting them, we b...

By accepting life's limits and inevitabilities and working with them rather than fighting them, we become free.

--Epictetus

quote by Epictetus: Authentic happiness is always independent of external conditions. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Authentic happiness is always independent of external conditions....

Authentic happiness is always independent of external conditions.

--Epictetus

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Authentic happiness is always independent of external conditions. Vigilantly practice polite indifference to that which we can't control. Your happiness can only be found within.


quote by Epictetus: Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait not for clap… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise, but shines forth and is welcomed...

Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait not for clapping of hands and shouts and praise to do thy duty; nay, do good of thine own accord, and thou wilt be loved like the Sun.

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quote by Epictetus: The origin of sorrow is this: to wish for something that does not come to pass. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The origin of sorrow is this: to wish for something that does not come to pass....

The origin of sorrow is this: to wish for something that does not come to pass.

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quote by Epictetus: Watch yourself as you go about your daily business and later reflect on what you saw, trying to identify the sources of distress in your li… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Watch yourself as you go about your daily business and later reflect on what you saw, trying to iden...

Watch yourself as you go about your daily business and later reflect on what you saw, trying to identify the sources of distress in your life and thinking about how to avoid that distress.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Exceed due measure, and the most delightful things become the least delightful. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Exceed due measure, and the most delightful things become the least delightful....

Exceed due measure, and the most delightful things become the least delightful.

--Epictetus

quote by Epictetus: Let silence be your general rule; or say only what is necessary and in few words. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Let silence be your general rule; or say only what is necessary and in few words....

Let silence be your general rule; or say only what is necessary and in few words.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Never depend on the admiration of others for self-satisfaction. It is a fact of life that other people, even people who love you, will not … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Never depend on the admiration of others for self-satisfaction. It is a fact of life that other peop...

Never depend on the admiration of others for self-satisfaction. It is a fact of life that other people, even people who love you, will not necessarily agree with your ideas, understand you always, or share your enthusiasms.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Focus not on what he or she does, but on keeping to your higher purpose. Your own purpose should seek harmony with nature itself. For this … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Focus not on what he or she does, but on keeping to your higher purpose. Your own purpose should see...

Focus not on what he or she does, but on keeping to your higher purpose. Your own purpose should seek harmony with nature itself. For this is the true road to freedom.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person; in actual life, men not only object to offer themselves to be convinced, but hate the … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person; in actual life, men not only object to offer th...

In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person; in actual life, men not only object to offer themselves to be convinced, but hate the man who has convinced them.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: If anyone should tell you that a particular person has spoken critically of you, don't bother with excuses or defenses. Just smile and repl… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: If anyone should tell you that a particular person has spoken critically of you, don't bother with e...

If anyone should tell you that a particular person has spoken critically of you, don't bother with excuses or defenses. Just smile and reply, I guess that person doesn't know about all my other faults. Otherwise, he wouldn't have mentioned only these.

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quote by Epictetus: Dare to look up to God and say, Deal with me in the future as Thou wilt; I am of the same mind as Thou art; I am Thine; I refuse nothing th… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Dare to look up to God and say, Deal with me in the future as Thou wilt; I am of the same mind as Th...

Dare to look up to God and say, Deal with me in the future as Thou wilt; I am of the same mind as Thou art; I am Thine; I refuse nothing that pleases Thee; lead me where Thou wilt; clothe me in any dress Thou choosest.

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quote by Epictetus: Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig....

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.

--Epictetus

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Epictetus: If someone in the street were entrusted with your body, you would be furious. Yet you entrust your mind to anyone around who happens to ins… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: If someone in the street were entrusted with your body, you would be furious. Yet you entrust your m...

If someone in the street were entrusted with your body, you would be furious. Yet you entrust your mind to anyone around who happens to insult you, and allow it to be troubled and confused. Aren't you ashamed of that?

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Remember that you are but an actor, acting whatever part the Master has ordained. It may be short or it may be long. If he wishes you to re… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Remember that you are but an actor, acting whatever part the Master has ordained. It may be short or...

Remember that you are but an actor, acting whatever part the Master has ordained. It may be short or it may be long. If he wishes you to represent a poor man, do so heartily; if a cripple, or a magistrate, or a private man, in each case act your part with honor.

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quote by Epictetus: The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The good or ill of a man lies within his own will....

The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.

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quote by Epictetus: It were no slight attainment could we merely fulfil what the nature of man implies. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: It were no slight attainment could we merely fulfil what the nature of man implies....

It were no slight attainment could we merely fulfil what the nature of man implies.

--Epictetus

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You know yourself what you are worth in your own eyes; and at what price you will sell yourself. For men sell themselves at various prices. This is why, when Florus was deliberating whether he should appear at Nero's shows, taking part in the performance himself, Agrippinus replied, 'Appear by all means.' And when Florus inquired, 'But why do not you appear?' he answered, 'Because I do not even consider the question.' For the man who has once stooped to consider such questions, and to reckon up the value of external things, is not far from forgetting what manner of man he is.


quote by Epictetus: Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them....

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

--Epictetus
quote by 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 o… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: A vulgar man, in any ill that happens to him, blames others; a novice in philosophy blames himself; ...

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.

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quote by Epictetus: He who is not happy with little will never be happy with much. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: He who is not happy with little will never be happy with much....

He who is not happy with little will never be happy with much.

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quote by 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 wi… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: It is unreasonable to think we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price. It is...

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.

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quote by Epictetus: The soul's impurity consists in bad judgements, and purification consists in producing in it right judgements, and the pure soul is one whi… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The soul's impurity consists in bad judgements, and purification consists in producing in it right j...

The soul's impurity consists in bad judgements, and purification consists in producing in it right judgements, and the pure soul is one which has right judgements, for this alone is proof against confusion and pollution in its functions.

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quote by Epictetus: Check your passions that you may not be punished by them. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Check your passions that you may not be punished by them....

Check your passions that you may not be punished by them.

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quote by Epictetus: No person is free who is not master of himself. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: No person is free who is not master of himself....

No person is free who is not master of himself.

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quote by Epictetus: O slavish man! will you not bear with your own brother, who has God for his Father, as being a son from the same stock, and of the same hig… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: O slavish man! will you not bear with your own brother, who has God for his Father, as being a son f...

O slavish man! will you not bear with your own brother, who has God for his Father, as being a son from the same stock, and of the same high descent? But if you chance to be placed in some superior station, will you presently set yourself up for a tyrant?

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quote by Epictetus: A man that seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: A man that seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society....

A man that seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.

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quote by Epictetus: But to be hanged -- is that not unendurable? Even so, when a man feels that it is reasonable, he goes off and hangs himself. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: But to be hanged -- is that not unendurable? Even so, when a man feels that it is reasonable, he goe...

But to be hanged -- is that not unendurable? Even so, when a man feels that it is reasonable, he goes off and hangs himself.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: To the rational being only the irrational is unendurable, but the rational is endurable. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: To the rational being only the irrational is unendurable, but the rational is endurable....

To the rational being only the irrational is unendurable, but the rational is endurable.

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quote by Epictetus: If you have assumed a character above your strength, you have both acted in this matter in an unbecoming way, and you have neglected that w… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: If you have assumed a character above your strength, you have both acted in this matter in an unbeco...

If you have assumed a character above your strength, you have both acted in this matter in an unbecoming way, and you have neglected that which you might have fulfilled.

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quote by Epictetus: Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, Impression, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are and what … with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, Impression, wait for me a li...

Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, Impression, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are and what you represent. Let me try you.

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quote by Epictetus: When we act pugnaciously, and injuriously, and angrily, and rudely, to what level have we degenerated? To the level of the wild beasts. Wel… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: When we act pugnaciously, and injuriously, and angrily, and rudely, to what level have we degenerate...

When we act pugnaciously, and injuriously, and angrily, and rudely, to what level have we degenerated? To the level of the wild beasts. Well, the fact is that some of us are wild beasts of a larger size, while others are little animals, malignant and petty.

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quote by Epictetus: The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight....

The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.

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quote by Epictetus: You will do the greatest service to the state if you shall raise, not the roofs of the houses, but the souls of the citizens: for it is bet… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: You will do the greatest service to the state if you shall raise, not the roofs of the houses, but t...

You will do the greatest service to the state if you shall raise, not the roofs of the houses, but the souls of the citizens: for it is better that great souls should dwell in small houses rather than for mean slaves to lurk in great houses.

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quote by Epictetus: He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to compulsion nor to hindrance, nor to force; whose movements to action a… with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote: He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to compulsion nor to hindrance, no...

He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to compulsion nor to hindrance, nor to force; whose movements to action are not impeded, whose desires attain their purpose, and who does not fall into that which he would avoid.

--Epictetus

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