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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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    Only the educated are free.

    Education More
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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.

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

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

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    Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

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

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    God hath entrusted me with myself.

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

    Knowledge More
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    Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

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

    Lies and Lying More
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    It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

    Pleasure More
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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.

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

    Discipline More
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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.

    Destiny More
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    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.

    Soul More
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Critics and Criticism More
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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.

    Coward and Cowardice More
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    It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.

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

    Children More
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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.

    Body More
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    If you wish to be a writer; write!

    Writers and Writing More
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    He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.

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

    Death and Dying More
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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.

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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

    Happiness More
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    new! No great thing is created suddenly.

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

    Fear More
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    What will the world be quite overturned when you die?

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    All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

    Abstinence More
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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.

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

    Achievement More
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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.

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

    Opinions More
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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?

    Losers and Losing More
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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.

    Perseverance More
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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.

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

    Listening More
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