Epictetus

Epictetus

Epictetus (c. AD 50 – 135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion.

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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.

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

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.

Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.

God has entrusted me with myself.

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

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.

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.

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

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

There is nothing good or evil save in the will.

Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.

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

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

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

Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

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

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.

No man is free who is not master of himself.

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