Epictetus Quotes

Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale were I a swan, the part of a swan.

~ Epictetus

Appear to know only this,--never to fail nor fall.

~ Epictetus

In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.

~ Epictetus

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

~ Epictetus

Only the educated are free.

~ Epictetus

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

~ 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

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

~ Epictetus

To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable but everything reasonable may be supported.

~ Epictetus

Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.

~ Epictetus

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