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Epictetus Quotes

(50-120), Stoic Philosopher

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

Category: Abstinence

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

Category: Achievement

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

Category: Adversity

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

Category: Affirmation

He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.

Category: Anger

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Category: Attitude

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

Category: Belief

It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.

Category: Body

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

Category: Children

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

Category: Choice

Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person, but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.

Category: Coward And Cowardice

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

Category: Critics And Criticism

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

Category: Death And Dying

Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another s.

Category: Destiny