Epictetus

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Epictetus (/ˌɛpɪkˈtiːtəs/; Greek: Ἐπίκτητος; c. AD 55 – 135) was a Greek-speaking Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in north-western Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion. Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.

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Epictetus #Alone

Photo of Epictetus 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.
Epictetus #Best #Motivational

Photo of Epictetus The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Epictetus #Best #Power

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

Photo of Epictetus First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
Epictetus #Education

Photo of Epictetus 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 #Finance #Great

Photo of Epictetus Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
Epictetus #Freedom

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

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

Photo of Epictetus Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
Epictetus #God

Photo of Epictetus God has entrusted me with myself.
Epictetus #Good #Health

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

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

Photo of Epictetus We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.
Epictetus #Imagination

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

Photo of Epictetus No great thing is created suddenly.
Epictetus #Death #Fear

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

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

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

Photo of Epictetus Only the educated are free.
Epictetus #Nature #Wisdom

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

Photo of Epictetus 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 #Truth

Photo of Epictetus If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
Epictetus #Success

Photo of Epictetus 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.
Epictetus #Great #Time

Photo of Epictetus 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.
Epictetus #Happiness #Power

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