Epictetus Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Epictetus quotes and Epictetus sayings, and Epictetus proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"God has entrusted me with myself."

"Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater."

"If you would be good, first believe that you are bad."

"When one maintains her proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals."

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

"You are a little soul carrying around a corpse."

"Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours."

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

"Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress."

"We should not have either a blunt knife or a freedom of speech which is ill-managed."

"Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public."

"If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked."

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

"Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant."

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

"Happiness and personal fulfillment are the natural consequences of doing the right thing."

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

"Getting distracted by trifles is the easiest thing in the world? Focus on your main duty"

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

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

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

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

"Freedom is the right to live as we wish."

"Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire."

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

"When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well."

"Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world."

"We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout."

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