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Quotes of Epictetus

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Epictetus lived in the years c. 50 – c. 130 CE. Greco-Roman philosopher, stoic.

  • “Bear and forbear”
    • latin: [Sustine et abstine]
    • description: words attibuted to Epictetus, probably basing on Epictetus, Enchiridion
  • “If you wish to make progress, then be content to appear senseless and foolish in externals, do not make it your wish to give the appearance of knowing anything”
    • source: Epictetus, Enchiridion, 13
  • “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of things”
    • source: Epictetus, Enchiridion, 5
  • “Think more often of God than you breathe”
    • source: unknown
  • “First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak”
  • “Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope”
    • source: Epictetus, Enchiridion, 89
  • “We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free”
    • source: Arrian, Discourses, 2
  • “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”
    • source: Epictetus, Enchiridion
  • “When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger”

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