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By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

Never call yourself a philosopher, nor talk a great deal among the unlearned about theorems, but act conformably to them. Thus, at an entertainment, don't talk how persons ought to eat, but eat as you ought. For remember that in this manner Socrates also universally avoided all ostentation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

The soul is unwillingly deprived of truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control. Stop aspiring to be anyone other than your own best self: for that does fall within your control.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

If I was a nightingale I would sing like a nightingale; if a swan, like a swan. But since I am a rational creature my role is to praise God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

In theory there is nothing to hinder our following what we are taught;but in life there are many things to draw us aside.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

Remember that you are in actor in a play of such a kind that the author chooses...For this is your duty, to act well the part that is given to you; but to select the part belongs to another.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

Sickness is a hindrance to the body, but not to your ability to choose, unless that is your choice. Lameness is a hindrance to the leg, but not to your ability to choose. Say this to yourself with regard to everything that happens, then you will see such obstacles as hindrances to something else, but not to yourself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It is difficulties that show what men are. For the future, in case of any difficulty, remember that God, like a gymnastic trainer, has pitted you against a rough antagonist. For what end? That you may be an Olympic conqueror; and this cannot be without toil.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

It were no slight attainment could we merely fulfil what the nature of man implies.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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You ought to choose both physician and friend, not the most agreeable, but the most useful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

You know yourself what you are worth in your own eyes; and at what price you will sell yourself. For men sell themselves at various prices. This is why, when Florus was deliberating whether he should appear at Nero's shows, taking part in the performance himself, Agrippinus replied, 'Appear by all means.' And when Florus inquired, 'But why do not you appear?' he answered, 'Because I do not even consider the question.'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

We do not choose our own parts in life, and have nothing to do with those parts. Our duty is confined to playing them well.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?

By Anonym 15 Sep

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We need to regularly stop and take stock; to sit down and determine within ourselves which things are worth valuing and which things are not; which risks are worth the cost and which are not. Even the most confusing or hurtful aspects of life can be made more tolerable by clear seeing and by choice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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What else can I do, a lame old man, but sing hymns to God? If I were a nightingale, I would do the nightingale's part; if I were a swan, I would do as a swan. But now I am a rational creature, and I ought to praise God. This is my work. I do it, nor will I desert my post, so long as I am allowed to keep it. And I ask you to join me in this same song.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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In the long run, every man will pay the penalty for this own misdeeds.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as if it had already happened.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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The soul that companies with virtue is like an ever-flowing source. It is a pure, clear, and wholesome draught, sweet, rich and generous of its store, that injures not, neither destroys.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcome.

By Anonym 16 Sep

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Isn’t reading a kind of preparation for life?’ But life is composed of things other than books. It is as if an athlete, on entering the stadium, were to complain that he’s not outside exercising.This was the goal of your exercise, of your weights, your practice ring and your training partners.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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What is a child? Ignorance. What is a child? Want of instruction.

By Anonym 20 Sep

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When you do anything from a clear judgment that it ought to be done, never shrink from being seen to do it, even though the world should misunderstand it; for if you are not acting rightly, shun the action itself; if you are, why fear those who wrongly censure you?

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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The cause of all human evils is the not being able to apply general principles to special cases.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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To live a life of virtue, you have to become consistent, even when it isn't convenient, comfortable, or easy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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As it is pleasant to see the sea from the land, so it is pleasant for him who has escaped from troubles to think of them.

By Anonym 17 Sep

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Once I was liable to the same mistakes, but, thanks to God, no longer …’ Well, isn’t it just as worthwhile to have devoted and applied yourself to this goal as to have read or written fifty pages?

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Don't be concerned who is watching you. The triumphs and merits of others belong to them - as do yours to you. Make the most of what you've got.

By Anonym 16 Sep

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If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothin 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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If a person had delivered up your body to some passer-by, you would certainly be angry. And do you feel no shame in delivering up your own mind to any reviler, to be disconcerted and confounded?

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Be careful whom you associate with. It is human to imitate the habits of those with whom we interact. We inadvertently adopt their interests, their opinions, their values, and their habit of interpreting events.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Inner peace begins when we stop saying of things, 'I have lost it' and instead say, 'It has been returned to where it came from.' Why should it be any concern of yours who gives your things back to the world that gave them to you? The important thing is to take great care with what you have while the world lets you have it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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To get or not to get what we desire can be equally disappointing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Don’t consent to be hurt and you won’t be hurt – this is a choice over which you have control

By Anonym 15 Sep

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You are a principal work, a fragment of [Goddess herself], you have in yourself a part of [her]. Why then are you ignorant of your high birth?

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature. the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Don't regard what anyone says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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Who exactly do you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be? What are your personal ideals? Whom do you admire? What are their special traits that you would make your own It's time to stop being vague. If you wish to be an extraordinary person, if you wish to become wise, then you should explicitly identify the kind of person you aspire to become. If you have a daybook, write down who you're trying to be, so that you can refer to this self-determination. Precisely describe the demeanor you want to adopt so that you may preserve it when you are by yourself or with other people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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A soul which is conversant with virtue is like an ever flowing source, for it is pure and tranquil and potable and sweet and communicative (social) and rich and harmless and free from mischief.