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  • He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.
    (Epictetus)

  • Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
    (Epictetus)

  • It is your own convictions which compels you that is, choice compels choice.
    (Epictetus)

  • It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he Already knows.
    (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.
    (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)

  • Men are disturbed, not by things that happen, but by their opinion of things that happen.
    (Epictetus)

  • We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.
    (Epictetus)

  • The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
    (Epictetus)

  • It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
    (Epictetus)

  • Fortify yourself with moderation for this is an impregnable fortress.
    (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)

  • You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
    (Epictetus)

  • Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
    (Epictetus)

  • Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.
    (Epictetus)


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