20 Epictetus Quotes

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1 “The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”- Epictetus

2 “Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”- Epictetus

3 “It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.”- Epictetus

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

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

6  “If you wish to be a writer, write.”- Epictetus

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

8 “People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.”- Epictetus

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

10 “No man is free who is not master of himself.”- Epictetus

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

12 “Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.”- Epictetus

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

14 “Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.”- Epictetus

15 “No great thing is created suddenly.”- Epictetus

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

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

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

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

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

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