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

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

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

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

It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.

It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.

When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

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

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

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

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

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. ---->>>

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.

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.

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.

No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. ---->>>

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.

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

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

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please. ---->>>

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.

Only the educated are free.

Only the educated are free.

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

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. ---->>>

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. ---->>>

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. ---->>>

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. ---->>>

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

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. ---->>>

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

Silence is safer than speech. ---->>>

Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee. ---->>>

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are. ---->>>

Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit. ---->>>

The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going. ---->>>

One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent. ---->>>

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. ---->>>

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. ---->>>

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. ---->>>

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.

If you wish to be a writer, write.

If you wish to be a writer, write.

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

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

Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them. ---->>>

If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. ---->>>

No man is free who is not master of himself. ---->>>

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

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. ---->>>

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. ---->>>

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes 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.

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes 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.

God has entrusted me with myself.

God has entrusted me with myself.

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

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. ---->>>

No great thing is created suddenly. ---->>>

Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world. ---->>>

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral. ---->>>

Freedom is the right to live as we wish. ---->>>

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.

Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort. ---->>>

He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk. ---->>>

Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. ---->>>

Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly. ---->>>

There is nothing good or evil save in the will. ---->>>

You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself. ---->>>

We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free. ---->>>

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return? ---->>>

Biography

Name: Epictetus
Nationality: Greek
Born: 55
Birthplace: Hierapolis, Phrygia(presumed)
Die: 135
Occupation: Philosopher
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Epictetus (; Greek: Ἐπίκτητος, Epíktētos; c. AD 50 – 135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey) and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion (wikipedia)