Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quote: Where is the good? In the will. Where is the evil? In the will. Where is neither of them? In those things that are independent of the will.
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Where is the good? In the will. Where is the evil? In the will. Where is neither of them? In those things that are independent of the will.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of men's desires, but by the removal of desire.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus
Let silence be your general rule; or say only what is necessary and in few words.
Epictetus (Golden Sayings of 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
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
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
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.
Epictetus

Epictetus Quote: No thing great is created suddenly, any more...
No thing 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.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Have you not hands, fool? Has not god made them for you? Sit down now and pray your nose may not run! Wipe it, rather, and do not blame god
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 (Quoted in The Discourses of Epictetus)
It is hard to combine and unite these two qualities, the carefulness of one who is affected by circumstances, and the intrepidity of one who heeds them not. But it is not impossible: else were happiness also impossible.
Epictetus (Golden Sayings of 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)