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A list of the best Epictetus quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Epictetus quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Epictetus quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Epictetus should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Epictetus quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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God hath entrusted me with myself. Epictetus

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

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

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

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Only the educated are free. Epictetus

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

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

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

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

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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. Epictetus

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You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Epictetus

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

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

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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. Epictetus

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

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Freedom is the right to live as we wish. Epictetus

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No great thing is created suddenly. Epictetus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. Epictetus

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

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

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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. Epictetus

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If you wish to be a writer; write! Epictetus

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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. Epictetus

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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. Epictetus

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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. Epictetus

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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? Epictetus

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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. Epictetus

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It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.

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

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On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use.

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

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

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

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Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men.

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The good or ill of man lies within his own will.

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

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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. Epictetus

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