Epictetus Quotes

In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.

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 judgment.

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

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

It isn’t the facts that trouble mankind; it’s the opinions that are held about the facts.

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.

When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room, remember, never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone, but God is within, and your genius is within.

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

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

Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.