Best Epictetus Image Quotes and Sayings from Discourses and The handbook

Best Epictetus Image Quotes and his inspirational sayings

Best Epictetus  inspirational quotes

Epictetus was an exponent of Stoicism who flourished in the early second century C.E. about four hundred years after the Stoic school of Zeno of Citium was established in Athens. He lived and worked, first as a student in Rome, and then as a teacher with his own school in Nicopolis in Greece. Our knowledge of his philosophy and his method as a teacher comes to us via two works composed by his student Arrian, the Discourses and the Handbook.

the quotes are from the Discourses and the Handbook.


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Best Epictetus  inspirational quotes

“It is not so much what happens to you as to how you think about what happens.”
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“Only the educated are free.”
― Epictetus

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

“We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us.”
― Epictetus

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes
Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“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

“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.”
― Epictetus

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

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes


“Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them.”― Epictetus

“Seek not the good in external things; seek it in yourselves.”
― Epictetus

“Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be, or they neither are, nor appear to be, or they are and do not appear to be, or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man’s task.”
― Epictetus

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“If you wish to be a writer, write.”
― 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

“I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment?”
― Epictetus

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around it comes to you; stretch out your hand, take a portion of it politely. It passes on; do not detain it. Or it has not come to you yet; do not project your desire to meet it, but wait until it comes in front of you. So act toward children, so toward a wife, so toward office, so toward wealth.”
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“Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror, but it is not accomplished without sweat.”
― Epictetus, Discourses, Books 1-2

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“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

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
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“Demand not that things happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.”
― Epictetus, The Discourses

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation. This is why it is essential that we not respond impulsively to impressions; take a moment before reacting, and you will find it easier to maintain control.”
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“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

“Do not try to seem wise to others. ”
― 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

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?”
― Epictetus

“Asked, Who is the rich man? Epictetus replied “He who is content.”
― Epictetus, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

“It is better to die of hunger having lived without grief and fear, than to live with a troubled spirit, amid abundance”
― Epictetus

“To accuse others for one’s own misfortune 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

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“Events do not just happen, but arrive by appointment.”
― Epictetus

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid with regard to external things. Don’t wish to be thought to know anything; and even if you appear to be somebody important to others, distrust yourself. For, it is difficult to both keep your faculty of choice in a state conformable to nature and at the same time acquire external things. But while you are careful about the one, you must of necessity neglect the other”
― Epictetus

“If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: ‘I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.’ When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.”
― Epictetus

Best Epictetus inspirational quotes

“Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people’s weaknesses. Avoid being one of the mobs who indulge in such pastimes. Your life is too short and you have important things to do. Be discriminating about what images and ideas you permit into your mind. If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will, and their motives may not be the highest. It is the easiest thing in the world to slide imperceptibly into vulgarity. But there’s no need for that to happen if you determine not to waste your time and attention on mindless pap.”
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“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
― Epictetus

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

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

“If evil is said of thee, and if it is true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.”
― Epictetus

“Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer. Put your principles into practice – now. Stop the excuses and procrastination. This is your life! You aren’t a child anymore. The sooner you set yourself to your spiritual program, the happier you will be. The longer you wait, the more you’ll be vulnerable to mediocrity and feel filled with shame and regret, because you know you are capable of better. From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – now.”
― Epictetus

“Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent. ”
― Epictetus

“A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single
hope”
― Epictetus, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

“God has entrusted me with me. 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

“If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write.”
― Epictetus

“Small-minded people blame others. Average people blame themselves. The wise see all blame as foolishness”
― Epictetus

“You know yourself what you are worth in your own eyes; and at what price you will sell yourself. For men sell themselves at various prices. This is why, when Florus was deliberating whether he should appear at Nero’s shows, taking part in the performance himself, Agrippinus replied, ‘Appear by all means.’ And when Florus inquired, ‘But why do not you appear?’ he answered, ‘Because I do not even consider the question.’ For the man who has once stooped to consider such questions, and to reckon up the value of external things, is not far from forgetting what manner of man he is.”
― Epictetus, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus