Epictetus (55-135) quotes


  • All religions must be tolerated, for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
  • Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
  • First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
  • Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
  • He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
  • If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
  • It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
  • Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
  • The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
  • The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.
  • There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
  • We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

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