Inspirational Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quotes
Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus (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. This post features some Inspirational Epictetus Quotes.

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.

Early in life, Epictetus acquired a passion for philosophy, and with the permission of his wealthy owner, he studied Stoic philosophy under Musonius Rufus, which allowed him to rise in respectability as he grew more educated. He lived a life of great simplicity, with few possessions and lived alone for a long time.

Epictetus Quotes
Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quotes

“Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions,—as the habit of walking, by walking; of running, by running.”
― Epictetus

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

“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”
― Epictetus

“Let not others disobedience to Nature become an ill to you; for you were not born to be depressed and unhappy with others, but to be happy with them. And if any is unhappy, remember that he is so for himself; for God made all men to enjoy felicity and peace.”
― Epictetus

“Freedom is the name of virtue: Slavery, of vice…. None is a slave whose acts are free.”
― Epictetus

“Only the educated are free.”
― Epictetus

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

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

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

“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”
― Epictetus

“Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.”
― Epictetus

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

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

“The soul that companies with Virtue is like an ever-flowing source. It is a pure, clear, and wholesome draught; sweet, rich, and generous of its store; that injures not, neither destroys.”
― Epictetus

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

“Give me by all means the shorter and nobler life, instead of one that is longer but of less account!”
― Epictetus

“When you want to hear a philosopher, do not say, ‘You say nothing to me’; only show yourself worthy or fit to hear, and then you will see how you will move the speaker.”
― Epictetus

“Appear to know only this,—never to fail nor fall.”
― Epictetus

“He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.”
― Epictetus

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

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

“Of pleasures, those which occur most rarely give the most delight.”
― Epictetus

“The appearance of things to the mind is the standard of every action to man.”
― Epictetus

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

“Dare to look up to God and say, “Make use of me for the future as Thou wilt. I am of the same mind; I am one with Thee. I refuse nothing which seems good to Thee. Lead me whither Thou wilt. Clothe me in whatever dress Thou wilt.”
― Epictetus

“Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.”
― Epictetus

“Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.”
Epictetus quotes

“If any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone. For God hath made all men to enjoy felicity and constancy of good.”
― Epictetus

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

“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

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.”
― Epictetus

“The anger of an ape—the threat of a flatterer:—these deserve equal regard.”
― Epictetus

“Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.”
― Epictetus

“Never call yourself a philosopher, nor talk a great deal among the unlearned about theorems, but act conformably to them. Thus, at an entertainment, don’t talk how persons ought to eat, but eat as you ought. For remember that in this manner Socrates also universally avoided all ostentation.”
― Epictetus

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

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

“The essence of good and evil is a certain disposition of the will.”
― Epictetus

“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master;
he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.”
― Epictetus

“Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regardless of what other people think or do. Hold to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.”
― Epictetus

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

“No thing 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

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”
― Epictetus

“It is not reasonings that are wanted now; for there are books stuffed full of stoical reasonings.”
― Epictetus

“Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to
rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait
not for clapping of hands and shouts and praise to do thy duty;
nay, do good of thine own accord, and thou wilt be loved like the
Sun.”
― Epictetus

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