Quotes by Epictetus

Fortify thyself with contentment: that is an impregnable stronghold.
– Epictetus

Show your intelligence by listening as twice as you can talk, simply because we have two ears and one tongue.
– Epictetus

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

Difficulty shows what men are.
– Epictetus

No great thing is created suddenly.
– Epictetus

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

Do not try to seem wise to others.
– Epictetus

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

He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.
– Epictetus

Only the educated are free.
– 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

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

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

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