Top 10 Practical Epictetus' Quotes of his book: the Enchiridion

One of the greatest books that I read is Enchiridion or The handbook by Epictetus, the book is short but very important for anyone who searches for happiness or at least, decreasing suffering. This book is perspective-changing and highly recommended.

 Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia 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.

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I collected the most practical quotes from  Epictetus' Enchiridion and going to add them here into images and texts.


Don't put all your eggs in one basket, Life is full of surprises.

“A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope”

- Epictetus
A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope

We should care about what we can control not external things.

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

- Epictetus

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things

Epictetus on sacrificing for improving.

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

- Epictetus


Not all appearances are reality.

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views, they take of them.”

- Epictetus

People are not disturbed by things

Action better than words, Just do it.

“If you wish to be a writer, write.” 

- Epictetus

“If you wish to be a writer, write.”

Epictetus on the uselessness of blaming.

“An ignorant person is inclined to blame others for his own misfortune. To blame oneself is proof of progress. But the wise man never has to blame another or himself.”

- Epictetus

Epictetus on the uselessness of blaming.

Epictetus's warning on underestimating yourself

"If you have assumed a character above your strength, you have both acted in this manner in an unbecoming way, and you have neglected that which you might have fulfilled."

- Epictetus
Epictetus's warning on underestimating yourself


No disease or hindrance can enslave your will.

"The disease is an impediment to the body, but not to the will unless the will itself chooses. Lameness is an impediment to the leg, but not to the will. And add this reflection on the occasion of everything that happens; for you will find it an impediment to something else, but not to yourself.|

- Epictetus

No disease or hindrance can enslave your will

It is about your reaction.

“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them”
- Epictetus
We cannot choose our external circumstances


Epictetus on being present.

“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit the evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now. You are not some disinterested bystander. Participate. Exert yourself.”
- Epictetus

Caretake this moment


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