Epictetus

Epictetus

The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.

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

Only the educated are free.

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.

Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.

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

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

If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.

We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and talk the less.

Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.

Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.

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

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.

No man is free who is not master of himself.

Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forebearing.

A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?

What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.

It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortune; of one entering instruction, to reproach himself; and one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others nor himself.

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.