Best Inspirational Epictetus Image and Sayings from His Discourses

Best Inspirational Epictetus Image and Sayings from His Discourses (Stoicism)

 Epictetus Quote
“When a youth was giving himself airs in the Theatre and saying, 'I am wise, for I have conversed with many wise men,' Epictetus replied, 'I too have conversed with many rich men, yet I am not rich!’.”
― Epictetus


“Do not afflict others with anything that you yourself would not wish to suffer. if you would not like to be a slave, make sure no one is your slave. If you have slaves, you yourself are the greatest slave, for just as freedom is incompatible with slavery, so goodness is incompatible with hypocrisy.”
― Epictetus


“First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.”
― Epictetus



“When any person harms you, or speaks badly of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition of its being his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears right to you, but what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he too is the person deceived. For if anyone should suppose a true proposition to be false, the proposition is not hurt, but he who is deceived about it. Setting out, then, from these principles, you will meekly bear a person who reviles you, for you will say upon every occasion, "It seemed so to him."
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― Epictetus


 Epictetus Quote

 Epictetus Quote laughing at yourself

 Epictetus Quote about freedom

 Epictetus Quote about people opinions

 Epictetus Quote


“What would have become of Hercules do you think if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar - and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the absence of such challenges?

Obviously, he would have just rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep. So by snoring his life away in luxury and comfort he never would have developed into the mighty Hercules.

And even if he had, what good would it have done him? What would have been the use of those arms, that physique, and that noble soul, without crises or conditions to stir into him action?”
― Epictetus, The Discourses




“Very little is needed for everything to be upset and ruined, only a slight lapse in reason.”
― Epictetus




 Epictetus Quote

“Concerning the Gods, there are those who deny the very existence of the Godhead; others say that it exists, but neither bestirs nor concerns itself nor has forethought for anything. A third party attribute to it existence and forethought, but only for great and heavenly matters, not for anything that is on earth. A fourth party admit things on earth as well as in heaven, but only in general, and not with respect to each individual. A fifth, of whom were Ulysses and Socrates, are those that cry: --
I move not without Thy knowledge!”
― Epictetus



“If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.”
― Epictetus, Enchiridion...


“Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinion about the things.”
― Epictetus, Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses



 Epictetus Quote about seeking the good

 Epictetus Quote about seeking the good

“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.”
― Epictetus, The Discourses


“To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. Individuals, however, are responsible for their own actions which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline. Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, human beings have a duty of care to all fellow humans. The person who followed these precepts would achieve happiness.”
― Epictetus, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus






 Epictetus Quote

Epictetus Quotes about blaming

Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quotes about fate

Epictetus Quote about fear


“God saves me from fools with a little philosophy—no one is more difficult to reach.”
― Epictetus, The Discourses


“These reasonings do not cohere: I am richer than you, therefore I am better than you; I am more eloquent than you, therefore I am better than you. On the contrary these rather cohere, I am richer than you, therefore my possessions are greater than yours: I am more eloquent than you, therefore my speech is superior to yours. But you are neither possession nor speech.”
― Epictetus, Enchiridion
Epictetus Quotes about  complaining



“Don't live by your own rules, but in harmony with nature”
― Epictetus


“What concerns me is not the way things are, but the way people think things are.”
― Epictetus


“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”
― Epictetus



“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of men's desires, but by the removal of desire.”
― Epictetus, The Discourses


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


“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.”
― Epictetus



Epictetus Quotes motivational

Epictetus Quote


“If you seek Truth, you will not seek to gain a victory by every possible means; and when you have found Truth, you need not fear being defeated.”
― Epictetus



“In banquets remember that you entertain two guests, body and soul: and whatever you shall have given to the body you soon eject: but what you shall have given to the soul, you keep always.”
― Epictetus, Enchiridion


Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quotes



“Those who are well constituted in the body endure both heat and cold: and so those who are well constituted in the soul endure both anger and grief and excessive joy and the other effects.”
― Epictetus, Enchiridion





Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quotes





“It is more necessary for the soul to be cured than the body; for it is better to die than to live badly.”
― Epictetus



“There is but one way to tranquility of mind and happiness, and that is to account no external things thine own, but to commit all to God.”
― Epictetus



“Difficulty shows what men are.”
― Epictetus



“Whoever is going to listen to the philosophers needs a considerable practice in listening.”
― Epictetus



Epictetus Quotes



“Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.”
― Epictetus



“It is better to do wrong seldom and to own it, and to act right for the most part, than seldom to admit that you have done wrong and to do wrong often.”
― Epictetus, Enchiridion





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