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


  2. It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.


  3. We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and talk the less.


  4. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.




  5. Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.


  6. First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.


  7. Only the educated are free.


  8. No great thing is created suddenly.


  9. Freedom is the right to live as we wish.


  10. A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


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


  12. Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.


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


  14. Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.


  15. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.


  16. You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

    • life

  17. It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.


  18. One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.


  19. Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.


  20. Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.


  21. He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.

    • wisdom

  22. Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.

    • knowledge

  23. If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.


  24. Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.


  25. All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.


  26. For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship.


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


  28. What will the world be quite overturned when you die?


  29. When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.


  30. A man that seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.



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  1. Picture quote by Epictetus about desire

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


  2. Picture quote by Epictetus about life

    The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.


  3. Picture quote by Epictetus about desire

    If you wish to be a writer, write.


  4. Picture quote by Epictetus about wisdom

    He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


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About Epictetus

Name Epictetus
About Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (presen
Quotes 90 quotes
Nationality Greek
Profession Philosopher
Birthday 55 AD
Top topics freedom, life, happiness, truth, hope

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What are the best freedom quotes by Epictetus?


    Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

    • freedom

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

    • free

    Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

    • freedom

    Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.


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What are the best life quotes by Epictetus?


    The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

    • life

    You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

    • life

    A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope.

    • life

    We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

    • life

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What are the best happiness quotes by Epictetus?


    There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

    • happiness

    Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

    • happiness

    The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.


    If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.


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What are the best truth quotes by Epictetus?


    A man that seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.

    • truth

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

    • truth

    If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.


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What are the best hope quotes by Epictetus?


    Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.

    • hope

    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.

    • hope

    We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

    • life

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

  • anger

God hath entrusted me with myself.


Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

  • happiness

Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature.




We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.


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

  • truth

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


The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.


Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.


Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.


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.

  • hope

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.


Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

  • freedom

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

  • controlling

A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope.

  • life

Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.


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.


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


Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.


The soul's impurity consists in bad judgments, and purification consists in producing in it right judgments, and the pure soul is one which has right judgments.


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


Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.


A strict belief, fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers.


The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.

  • depend

Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty, God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.

  • difficulty

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


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


It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

  • opinion

Appear to know only this,--never to fail nor fall.


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

  • death

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.

  • anything

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.


No greater 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.


Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.


You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.


Silence is safer than speech.

  • silence

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.


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.


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


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.

  • fate

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


The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.


All unhappiness arises from attempts to control events and other people, over which one has no power.


Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? is not this also a return?


If you wish to be a writer, write.


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.


It is the sign of a dull mind to dwell upon the cares of the body, to prolong exercise, eating and drinking, and other bodily functions. These things are best done by the way; all your attention must be given to the mind.


Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.


The husbandman deals with land; physicians and trainers with the body; the wise man with his own Mind.


Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something that endures, something worthy of your potential.


There is nothing good or evil save in the will.


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.


If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before.


If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.


If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.

  • become

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

  • life

Nothing 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.

  • patience

So you wish to conquer in the Olympic games, my friend? And I too, by the Gods, and a fine thing it would be! But first mark the conditions and the consequences, and then set to work. You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or no, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and from wine at your will; in a word, to give yourself over to the trainer as to a physician. Then in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, or to be severely thrashed, and, after all these things, to be defeated.


Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.


If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.



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