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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.
Practice yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
- Epictetus | Happiness Quotes
All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
- Epictetus | Philosophy Quotes
Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion .. . and the discovery of a standard of judgement.
- Epictetus | Philosophy Quotes
Nature has given to men one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus | Silence Quotes
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus | Happiness Quotes
There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
- Epictetus | Happiness Quotes
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus | Happiness Quotes
Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.
- Epictetus | Acceptance Quotes
There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
- Epictetus | Acceptance Quotes
He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.
- Epictetus | Forgiveness Quotes
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
- Epictetus | Forgiveness Quotes
No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus | Self-Control Quotes
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling that desire.
- Epictetus | Self-Control Quotes
Ruin and recovery are both from within.
- Epictetus | Self-Reliance Quotes
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus | Self-Reliance Quotes
God has entrusted me with myself.
- Epictetus | Self-Reliance Quotes
First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus | Simplicity Quotes
It is no easy thing for a principle to become a man's own unless each day he maintains it and works it out in his life.
- Epictetus | One Day Quotes
Do you know that disease and death must needs overtake us, no matter what we are doing? ... What do you wish to be doing when it overtakes you? If you have anything better to be doing when you are so overtaken, get to work on that.
- Epictetus | One Day Quotes
No great 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.
- Epictetus | Difficult Days Quotes
If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as if it had already happened.
- Epictetus | Positive Quotes
Do you know that disease and death must needs overtake us, no matter what we are doing? ... What do you wish to be doing when it overtakes you?... If you have anything better to be doing when you are so overtaken, get to work on that.
- Epictetus | Right Quotes
First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus | Goals Quotes
It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
So when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a tough and stalwart antagonist... that you may prove a victor at the Great Games.
- Epictetus | Courage Quotes
Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater.
- Epictetus | Time Quotes
No great thing is created suddenly.
Difficulties are things that show what men are.
- Epictetus | Adversity Quotes
We are not troubled by things, but by the opinion which we have of things.
- Epictetus | Events Quotes
Men are not influenced by things, but by their thoughts about things.
- Epictetus | Events Quotes
On the occasion of every accident that befalls you ... inquire what power you have for turning it to use.
- Epictetus | Events Quotes
All philosophy in two words, - sustain and abstain.
- Epictetus | Appetite Quotes
He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses, though he be not drunk.
- Epictetus | Drinking Quotes
Bear and forbear.
- Epictetus | Forgiveness Quotes
There is nothing good or evil save in the will.
- Epictetus | Will Quotes
So when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a tough and stalwart antagonist... that you may prove a victor at the Great Games.
- Epictetus | Crisis Quotes


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