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

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

— Epictetus



Epictetus Quote: “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”

Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “No man is free who is not master of himself.”

No man is free who is not master of himself.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault. Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion.”

If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault. Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not.”

Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “If you wish to be a writer, write.”

If you wish to be a writer, write.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “No great thing is created suddenly.”

No great thing is created suddenly.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.”

Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Books are the training weights of the mind.”

Books are the training weights of the mind.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”

Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.”

Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “It is not events that disturb the minds of men, but the view they take of them.”

It is not events that disturb the minds of men, but the view they take of them.

— Epictetus


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

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Man is not fully free unless he is master of himself.”

Man is not fully free unless he is master of himself.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “No matter what happens, it is within my power to turn it to my advantage.”

No matter what happens, it is within my power to turn it to my advantage.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “It’s so simple really: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it.”

It’s so simple really: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “An ignorant person is inclined to blame others for his own misfortune. To blame oneself is proof of progress. But the wise man never has to blame another or himself.”

An ignorant person is inclined to blame others for his own misfortune. To blame oneself is proof of progress. But the wise man never has to blame another or himself.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

— Epictetus


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

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths.”

Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcome.”

Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcome.

— Epictetus


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

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

— Epictetus


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

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Try not to react merely in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view. Compose yourself.”

Try not to react merely in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view. Compose yourself.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived – and dying I will tend to later.”

I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived – and dying I will tend to later.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.”

Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Don’t seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen, and all will be well with you.”

Don’t seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen, and all will be well with you.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “God has entrusted me with myself. No man is free who is not master of himself. A man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.”

God has entrusted me with myself. No man is free who is not master of himself. A man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control.”

Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “To live a life of virtue, match up your thoughts, words, and deeds.”

To live a life of virtue, match up your thoughts, words, and deeds.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: ‘He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned.’”

If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: ‘He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned.’

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “I laugh at those who think they can damage me. They do not know who I am, they do not know what I think, they cannot even touch the things which are really mine and with which I live.”

I laugh at those who think they can damage me. They do not know who I am, they do not know what I think, they cannot even touch the things which are really mine and with which I live.

— Epictetus


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

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

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “The best place to get help is from yourself.”

The best place to get help is from yourself.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous – even death is terrible only if we fear it.”

It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous – even death is terrible only if we fear it.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Freedom and happiness are won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”

Freedom and happiness are won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.”

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Learn to distinguish what you can and can’t control. Within our control are our own opinions, aspirations, desires and the things that repel us. They are directly subject to our influence.”

Learn to distinguish what you can and can’t control. Within our control are our own opinions, aspirations, desires and the things that repel us. They are directly subject to our influence.

— Epictetus


Epictetus Quote: “Only the educated are free.”

Only the educated are free.

— Epictetus

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