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By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it, but accustom yourself to something else.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

It is not a demonstration of kindness or friendship to the people we care about to join them in indulging in wrongheaded, negative feelings. We do a better service to ourselves and others by remaining detached and avoiding melodramatic reactions.

By Anonym 20 Sep

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What you shun enduring yourself, attempt not to impose on others. You shun slavery- beware enslaving others! If you can endure to do that, one would think you had been once upon a time a slave yourself. For vice has nothing in common with virtue, nor Freedom with slavery.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

There is only one thing for which God has sent me into the world, and that is to develop every kind of virtue or strength, and there is nothing in all the world that I cannot use for this purpose.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

I must die. I must be imprisoned. I must suffer exile. But must I die groaning? Must I whine as well? Can anyone hinder me from going into exile with a smile? The master threatens to chain me: what say you? Chain me? My leg you will chain--yes, but not my will--no, not even Zeus can conquer that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

All human beings seek the happy life, but many confuse the means - for example, wealth and status - with that life itself.  This misguided focus on the means to a good life makes people get further from the happy life.  The really worthwhile things are the virtuous activities that make up the happy life, not the external means that may seem to produce it.

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 15 Sep

Epictetus

Check your passions that you may not be punished by them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

To live a life of virtue, match up your thoughts, words, and deeds.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

It doesn't take much to lose everything, just a little departure from reason

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Epictetus

And where there is ignorance, there is also want of learning and instruction in essentials.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents." Translation by Sharon Lebell

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

All religions must be tolerated for every man must get to heaven in his own way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

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Every habit and faculty is confirmed and strengthened by the corresponding actions, that of walking by walking, that of running by running. If you wish to be a good reader, read; if you wish to be a good writer, write. If you should give up reading for thirty days one after the other, and be engaged in something else, you will know what happens. So also if you lie in bed for ten days, get up and try to take a rather long walk, and you will see how wobbly your legs are. In general, therefore, if you want to do something, make a habit of it; if you want not to do something, refrain from doing it, and accustom yourself to something else instead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

Ask yourself, "How are my thoughts, words and deeds affecting my friends, my spouse, my neighbour, my child, my employer, my subordinates, my fellow citizens?

By Anonym 15 Sep

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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 14 Sep

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It is the sign of a dull mind to dwell upon the cares of the body, to prolong exercise, eating and drinking and other bodily functions. These things are best done by the way; all your attention must be given to the mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It is difficulties that show what men are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Authentic happiness is always independent of external conditions. Vigilantly practice polite indifference to that which we can't control. Your happiness can only be found within.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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Things themselves don't hurt or hinder us. Things simply are what they are. How we view these things is another matter.People think what they will think; it is of no concern to us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible be daily before your eyes, but chiefly death, and you win never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

Be free from grief not through insensibility like the irrational animals, nor through want of thought like the foolish, but like a man of virtue by having reason as the consolation of grief.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Opportunity beckons more surely when misfortune comes upon a person than it ever does when that person is riding the crest of a wave of success. It sharpens a person's wits, if that person will let it, enabling him or her to see more clearly and evaluate situations with a more knowledgeable judgment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If anyone should tell you that a particular person has spoken critically of you, don't bother with excuses or defenses. Just smile and reply, "I guess that person doesn't know about all my other faults. Otherwise, he wouldn't have mentioned only these.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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So you wish to conquer in the Olympic Games, my friend? And I, too... But first mark the conditions and the consequences. You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or not, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and wine at your will. Then, in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, to be severely thrashed, and after all of these things, to be defeated.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

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

Epictetus

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 14 Sep

Epictetus

It was the first and most striking characteristic of Socrates never to become heated in discourse, never to utter an injurious or insulting word -- on the contrary, he persistently bore insult from others and thus put an end to the fray.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person, but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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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

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Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn't be affected by an incident unless you let it.

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 14 Sep

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No great thing is created suddenly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

It is the part of an uneducated person to blame others where he himself fares ill; to blame himself is the part of one whose education has begun; to blame neither another nor his own self is the part of one whose education is already complete.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Epictetus

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Epictetus

If you have assumed any character beyond your strength, you have both demeaned yourself ill in that and quitted one which you might have supported.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Epictetus

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