Epictetus Quotes

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

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Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

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Confident because of our caution

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The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things

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What is the first business of philosophy? To part with self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows

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There is nothing good or evil save in the will

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Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

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Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.

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

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A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a singe hope.

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Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

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There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

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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.

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All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain

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It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.

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Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.

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