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quote by Epictetus: As you think, so you become... Our busy minds are forever jumping to conclusions, manufacturing and interpreting signs that aren't there. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

As you think, so you become... Our busy minds are forever jumping to conclusions, manufacturing and interpreting signs that aren't there.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: If we are not stupid or insincere when we say that the good or ill of man lies within his own will, and that all beside is nothing to us, why are we still troubled? with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

If we are not stupid or insincere when we say that the good or ill of man lies within his own will, and that all beside is nothing to us, why are we still troubled?

--Epictetus
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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
quote by Epictetus: If I can acquire money and also keep myself modest and faithful and magnanimous, point out the way, and I will acquire it. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

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quote by Epictetus: In the long run, every man will pay the penalty for this own misdeeds. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

In the long run, every man will pay the penalty for this own misdeeds.

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quote by Epictetus: Pleasure, like a kind of bait, is thrown before everything which is really bad, and easily allures greedy souls to the hook of perdition. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Pleasure, like a kind of bait, is thrown before everything which is really bad, and easily allures greedy souls to the hook of perdition.

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quote by Epictetus: To admonish is better than to reproach for admonition is mild and friendly, but reproach is harsh and insulting; and admonition corrects those who are doing wrong, but reproach only convicts them. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

To admonish is better than to reproach for admonition is mild and friendly, but reproach is harsh and insulting; and admonition corrects those who are doing wrong, but reproach only convicts them.

--Epictetus


quote by Epictetus: To know that you do not know and to be willing to admit that you do not know without sheepishly apologizing is real strength and sets the stage for learning and progress in any endeavor. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

To know that you do not know and to be willing to admit that you do not know without sheepishly apologizing is real strength and sets the stage for learning and progress in any endeavor.

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quote by Epictetus: The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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quote by Epictetus: It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.

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quote by Epictetus: Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process.

--Epictetus


quote by Epictetus: Reading should serve the goal of attaining peace; if it doesn't make you peaceful, what good is it? with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Reading should serve the goal of attaining peace; if it doesn't make you peaceful, what good is it?

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quote by Epictetus: No one who is in a state of fear or sorrow or tension is free, but whosoever is delivered from sorrows or fears or anxieties is at the same time delivered from servitude. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

No one who is in a state of fear or sorrow or tension is free, but whosoever is delivered from sorrows or fears or anxieties is at the same time delivered from servitude.

--Epictetus

quote by Epictetus: We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout.

--Epictetus


quote by Epictetus: Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan.

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quote by Epictetus: When we blather about trivial things, we ourselves become trivial, for our attention gets taken up with trivialities. You become what you give your attention to. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

When we blather about trivial things, we ourselves become trivial, for our attention gets taken up with trivialities. You become what you give your attention to.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.

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quote by Epictetus: With ills unending strives the putter off. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

With ills unending strives the putter off.

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quote by Epictetus: Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power.

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quote by Epictetus: As a man, casting off worn out garments taketh new ones, so the dweller in the body, entereth into ones that are new. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

As a man, casting off worn out garments taketh new ones, so the dweller in the body, entereth into ones that are new.

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quote by Epictetus: The soul that companies with virtue is like an ever-flowing source. It is a pure, clear, and wholesome draught, sweet, rich and generous of its store, that injures not, neither destroys. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

The soul that companies with virtue is like an ever-flowing source. It is a pure, clear, and wholesome draught, sweet, rich and generous of its store, that injures not, neither destroys.

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quote by Epictetus: You may fetter my leg, but Zeus himself cannot get the better of my free will. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

You may fetter my leg, but Zeus himself cannot get the better of my free will.

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quote by Epictetus: Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

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quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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.

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quote by Epictetus: Let your will to avoid have no concern with what is not in man's power; direct it only to things in man's power that are contrary to nature. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Let your will to avoid have no concern with what is not in man's power; direct it only to things in man's power that are contrary to nature.

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quote by Epictetus: A soul which is conversant with virtue is like an ever flowing source, for it is pure and tranquil and potable and sweet and communicative (social) and rich and harmless and free from mischief. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

A soul which is conversant with virtue is like an ever flowing source, for it is pure and tranquil and potable and sweet and communicative (social) and rich and harmless and free from mischief.

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quote by Epictetus: Wish that everything should come about just as it does. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Wish that everything should come about just as it does.

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quote by Epictetus: It's so simple really: If you say you're going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

It's so simple really: If you say you're going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it.

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quote by Epictetus: A city is not adorned by external things, but by the virtue of those who dwell in it. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

A city is not adorned by external things, but by the virtue of those who dwell in it.

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quote by Epictetus: Freedom and happiness are won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Freedom and happiness are won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.

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quote by Epictetus: Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control.

--Epictetus

Longer Version:

Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn't be affected by an incident unless you let it.


quote by Epictetus: Don't seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen, and all will be well with you. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Don't seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen, and all will be well with you.

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quote by Epictetus: Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcome. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcome.

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quote by Epictetus: Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths.

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quote by Epictetus: No matter what happens, it is within my power to turn it to my advantage. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

No matter what happens, it is within my power to turn it to my advantage.

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quote by Epictetus: It is not events that disturb the minds of men, but the view they take of them. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

It is not events that disturb the minds of men, but the view they take of them.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

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quote by Epictetus: We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.

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quote by Epictetus: The philosopher's lecture room is a 'hospital': you ought not to walk out of it in a state of pleasure, but in pain; for you are not in good condition when you arrive. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

The philosopher's lecture room is a 'hospital': you ought not to walk out of it in a state of pleasure, but in pain; for you are not in good condition when you arrive.

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quote by Epictetus: Sick and yet happy, in peril and yet happy, dying and yet happy, in exile and happy, in disgrace and happy. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Sick and yet happy, in peril and yet happy, dying and yet happy, in exile and happy, in disgrace and happy.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: When a youth was giving himself airs in the Theatre and saying, 'I am wise, for I have conversed with many wise men,' Epictetus replied, 'I too have conversed with many rich men, yet I am not rich!'. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

When a youth was giving himself airs in the Theatre and saying, 'I am wise, for I have conversed with many wise men,' Epictetus replied, 'I too have conversed with many rich men, yet I am not rich!'.

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quote by Epictetus: Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right? with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?

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quote by Epictetus: First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

--Epictetus


quote by Epictetus: You can be invincible, if you enter into no contest in which it is not in your power to conquer. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

You can be invincible, if you enter into no contest in which it is not in your power to conquer.

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quote by Epictetus: For I am not everlasting, but a human being, a part of the whole as an hour is a part of the day. Like an hour I must come, and like an hour pass away. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

For I am not everlasting, but a human being, a part of the whole as an hour is a part of the day. Like an hour I must come, and like an hour pass away.

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quote by Epictetus: For in this Case, we are not to give Credit to the Many, who say, that none ought to be educated but the Free; but rather to the Philosophers, who say, that the Well-educated alone are free. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

For in this Case, we are not to give Credit to the Many, who say, that none ought to be educated but the Free; but rather to the Philosophers, who say, that the Well-educated alone are free.

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quote by Epictetus: It is more necessary for the soul to be cured than the body; for it is better to die than to live badly. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

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quote by Epictetus: What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.

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quote by Epictetus: Who then is invincible? The one who cannot be upset by anything outside their reasoned choice. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Who then is invincible? The one who cannot be upset by anything outside their reasoned choice.

--Epictetus

Longer Version:

Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents." Translation by Sharon Lebell.






quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

Longer Version:

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".


quote by Epictetus: At this time is freedom anything but the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

At this time is freedom anything but the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: We can't control the impressions others form about us, and the effort to do so only debases our character. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

We can't control the impressions others form about us, and the effort to do so only debases our character.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: It is not so much what happens to you as how you think about what happens. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

It is not so much what happens to you as how you think about what happens.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control. Stop aspiring to be anyone other than your own best self: for that does fall within your control. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control. Stop aspiring to be anyone other than your own best self: for that does fall within your control.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment? with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment?

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether.

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quote by Epictetus: The struggle is great, the task divine -- to gain mastery, freedom, happiness, and tranquility. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

The struggle is great, the task divine -- to gain mastery, freedom, happiness, and tranquility.

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

No man is free who is not a master of himself.

--Epictetus

quote by Epictetus: Do not seek to have everything that happens happen as you wish, but wish for everything to happen as it actually does happen, and your life will be serene. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Do not seek to have everything that happens happen as you wish, but wish for everything to happen as it actually does happen, and your life will be serene.

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quote by Epictetus: We must undergo a hard winter training and not rush into things for which we haven't prepared. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

We must undergo a hard winter training and not rush into things for which we haven't prepared.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

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quote by Epictetus: Some things are in our control and others not. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Some things are in our control and others not.

--Epictetus

Longer Version:

Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions.


quote by Epictetus: Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.

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quote by Epictetus: It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

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

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quote by Epictetus: Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. They can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by them. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. They can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by them.

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quote by Epictetus: Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: No great thing is created suddenly. with background image: sunset
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No great thing is created suddenly.

--Epictetus

Longer Version:

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


quote by Epictetus: If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault. Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault. Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion.

--Epictetus
quote by Epictetus: Find significance within yourself. Within your own sphere of power -- that is where you have the greatest consequence. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Find significance within yourself. Within your own sphere of power -- that is where you have the greatest consequence.

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quote by Epictetus: Keep in mind that you are an actor in a play that is just the way the producer wants it to be…Your job is to put on a splendid performance of the role you have been given. with background image: photo of author Epictetus with quote

Keep in mind that you are an actor in a play that is just the way the producer wants it to be…Your job is to put on a splendid performance of the role you have been given.

--Epictetus

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