Epictetus Quotes

Only the educated are free.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
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.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
No man is free who is not master of himself.
A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.
All philosophy lies in two words Sustain and Abstain.
Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.
We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Difficulties are things that show what men are.
Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to an humble and grateful mind.
Practise yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things and thence proceed to greater.
To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable but everything reasonable may be supported.
Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.
No great thing 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.
There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.
In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.
First say to yourself what you would be and then do what you have to do.
Everything has two handles,--one by which it may be borne another by which it cannot.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale were I a swan, the part of a swan.
Appear to know only this,--never to fail nor fall.
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
Know, first, who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.
If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.
The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.
If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself 'I used to be angry every day then every other day now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.
Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.
When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing
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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