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Epictetus Quotes

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

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

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.

Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.

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.

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.

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

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

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

God has entrusted me with myself.

He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

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

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.

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

If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.