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About Epictetus

Epictetus

Life: 55 - 135

Country: gr flag Greece

Profession: Philosopher;

Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his exile to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece, where he lived most of his life and died. The name given by his parents, if one was given, is not known-the word epiktetos in Greek simply means "acquired."

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

~ Epictetus

In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles.

~ Epictetus

Reckon the days in which you have not been angry. I used to be angry every day; now every other day; then every third and fourth day; and if you miss it so long as thirty days, offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God.

~ Epictetus

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

~ Epictetus

- Discourses, c. A.D. 100

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

~ Epictetus

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

~ Epictetus

Only the educated are free.

~ Epictetus

No man is free who is not a master of himself.

~ Epictetus

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

~ Epictetus

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.

~ Epictetus
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