Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quote: If, therefore, any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone..
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If, therefore, any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Practice yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
For I am not Eternity, but a human being; a part of the whole, as an hour is part of the day. I must come like the hour, and like the hour must pass!
Epictetus (Golden Sayings of Epictetus)
Fortify thyself with contentment: that is an impregnable stronghold.
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 (Discourses, 108)
Whoever does not regard what he has as most amply wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.
Epictetus
Try to enjoy the great festival of life.
Epictetus (Golden Sayings of Epictetus)
Let no man think that he is loved by any who loveth none.
Epictetus
For it is not death or pain that is to be feared, but the fear of pain or death.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Everything has two handles, one by which it may be borne, the other by which it may not.
Epictetus (Golden Sayings of Epictetus)
Never call yourself a philosopher, nor talk a great deal among the unlearned about theorems, but act conformably to them. Thus, at an entertainment, don't talk how persons ought to eat, but eat as you ought. For remember that in this manner Socrates also universally avoided all ostentation.
Epictetus (Enchiridion, 135)
Give me by all means the shorter and nobler life, instead of one that is longer but of less account!
Epictetus
If you wish to be well spoken of, learn to speak well of others: and when you have learned to speak well of them, try to act well, and so you will reap the fruit of being well spoken of.
Epictetus (Fragment of the Lost Books of Epictetus)
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
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.
Epictetus
Thou shalt not blame or flatter any.
Epictetus (Golden Sayings of Epictetus)
You are a little soul, carrying a corpse.
Epictetus

Epictetus Quote: Don't hope that events will turn out the way...
Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.
Epictetus (Enchiridion, 135)
The bond of the body is loosened by nature through death but the bond of the soul is loosened by learning, experience and by discipline.
Epictetus (Fragment of the Lost Books of Epictetus)
Choose the life that is noblest, for custom can make it sweet to thee.
Epictetus
It is difficulties that show what men are.
Variant: Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
Epictetus
What wouldst thou be found doing when overtaken by Death? If I might choose, I would be found doing some deed of true humanity, of wide import, beneficent and noble. But if I may not be found engaged in aught so lofty, let me hope at least for this - what none may hinder, what is surely in my power - that I may be found raising up in myself that which had fallen; learning to deal more wisely with the things of sense; working out my own tranquillity, and thus rendering that which is its due to every relation of life….
Epictetus (Golden Sayings of Epictetus)
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
Epictetus (Quoted in the Moral Discourses of Epictetus, 1926)
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Punish your passions, so that you may not be punished by them.
Epictetus (Fragment of the Lost Books of Epictetus)
If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.
Epictetus
Freedom is the name of virtue: Slavery, of vice…. None is a slave whose acts are free.
Epictetus (Fragment of the Lost Books of Epictetus)
Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Only the educated are free.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.
Epictetus
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Epictetus Biography

Born: 55
Died: 135

Epictetus was a Greek sage and Stoic philosopher. He is most commonly recognized for his philosophical perspective and intellect. He has been a major influence on many historical figures throughout history.

Notable Works

Discourses (Written down by Arrian, 108)
Enchiridion (Compilted by Arrian)