My Favorite Quotes
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 Epictetus - “Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.”
 Epictetus - “All philosophy lies in two words, 'sustain' and 'abstain.'”
 Epictetus - “Ruin and recovery are alike from within.”
 Epictetus - “Men are disturbed, not by things that happen, but by their opinion of things that happen.”
 Epictetus - “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 that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.”
 Epictetus - “The materials are indifferent, but the use we make of them is not a matter of indifference.”
 Epictetus - “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 - “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
 Epictetus - “If you would be good, first believe you are bad.”
 Epictetus - “Where to do think he got that high brow”
 Epictetus - “God has made all men to be happy.”
 Epictetus - “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has.”
 Epictetus - “If anyone tells you a person speaks ill of you, do not make excuse about what is said but answer, 'He was ignorant of my other faults else he would not have mentioned these alone.'”
 Epictetus - “Remember that you are an actor in a play, and that the Playwright chooses the manner of it If he wants you to act a poor man you must act the part with all your powers and so if your part be a cripple or a magistrate or a plain man. For your business is to act the character that is given you and act it well. The choice of the cast is Anothers.”
 Epictetus - “Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around it comes to you stretch out your hand, take a portion of it politely. It passes on do not detain it. Or it has not come to you yet do not project your desire to meet it, but wait until it comes in front of you. So act toward children, so toward a wife, so toward office, so toward wealth.”
 Epictetus - “So when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a tough and stalwart antagonistthat you may prove a victor at the Great Games. Yet without toil or sweat this may not be.”
 Epictetus - “In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person in actual life, men not only object to offer themselves to be convinced, but hate the man who has convinced them.”
 Epictetus - “A wise man is he who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
 Epictetus - “Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be or they neither are, nor appear to be or they are, and do not appear to be or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise mans task.”
 Epictetus - “Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a Present evil, but that you have increased a habit.”
 Epictetus - “If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit give it nothing which may tend to its increase. At first, keep quiet and count the days when you were not angry 'I used to be angry every day, then every other day next, every two, then every three days' and if you succeed in passing thirty days, sacrifice to the gods in thanksgiving.”
 Epictetus - “When you have closed your doors, and darkened your room, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone God is within, and your genius is withinand what need have they of light to see what you are doing”
 Epictetus - “Any one thing in the creation is suffiocient to demonstrate a Providence to a humble and grateful mind.”
 Epictetus - “It is better to advise than upbraid, for the one corrects the erring the other only convicts them.”
 Epictetus - “It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.”

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