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Epictetus
We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free.
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When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
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The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
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Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
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First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
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It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
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To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.
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It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
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Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
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Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.
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Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
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Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
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God has entrusted me with myself.
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It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
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Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
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No great thing is created suddenly.
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Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
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There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
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The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
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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.
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It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
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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.
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Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
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We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.
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Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
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Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
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The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
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Only the educated are free.
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It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
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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.
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Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
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There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
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Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.
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Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.
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No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
Epictetus
Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
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If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
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It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
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Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.
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No man is free who is not master of himself.
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If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.
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Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.
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Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents. Translation by Sharon Lebell
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Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?
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Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation. Which is why it is essential that we not respond impulsively to impressions; take a moment before reacting, and you will find it easier to maintain control.
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It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous -- even death is terrible only if we fear it.
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What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.
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Whoever is going to listen to the philosophers needs a considerable practice in listening.
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When a youth was giving himself airs in the Theatre and saying, 'I am wise, for I have conversed with many wise men,' Epictetus replied, 'I too have conversed with many rich men, yet I am not rich!'.
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When any person harms you, or speaks badly of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition of its being his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears right to you, but what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he too is the person deceived. For if anyone should suppose a true proposition to be false, the proposition is not hurt, but he who is deceived about it. Setting out, then, from these principles, you will meekly bear a person who reviles you, for you will say upon every occasion, It seemed so to him.....
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An ignorant person is inclined to blame others for his own misfortune. To blame oneself is proof of progress. But the wise man never has to blame another or himself.
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As a man, casting off worn out garments taketh new ones, so the dweller in the body, entereth into ones that are new.
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If you want to make progress, put up with being perceived as ignorant or naive in worldly matters, don't aspire to a reputation for sagacity. If you do impress others as somebody, don't altogether believe it. You have to realize, it isn't easy to keep your will in agreement with nature, as well as externals. Caring about the one inevitably means you are going to shortchange the other.
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Remember to act always as if you were at a symposium. When the food or drink comes around, reach out and take some politely; if it passes you by don't try pulling it back. And if it has not reached you yet, don't let your desire run ahead of you, be patient until your turn comes. Adopt a similar attitude with regard to children, wife, wealth and status, and in time, you will be entitled to dine with the gods. Go further and decline these goods even when they are on offer and you will have a share in the gods' power as well as their company. That is how Diogenes, Heraclitus and philosophers like them came to be called, and considered, divine.
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The first and most important field of philosophy is the application of principles such as Do not lie. Next come the proofs, such as why we should not lie. The third field supports and articulates the proofs, by asking, for example, How does this prove it? What exactly is a proof, what is logical inference, what is contradiction, what is truth, what is falsehood? Thus, the third field is necessary because of the second, and the second because of the first. The most important, though, the one that should occupy most of our time, is the first. But we do just the opposite. We are preoccupied with the third field and give that all our attention, passing the first by altogether. The result is that we lie
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The philosopher's school, ye men, is a surgery: you ought not to go out of it with pleasure, but with pain. For you are not in sound health when you enter.
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God save me from fools with a little philosophy
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Philosophy does not promise to secure anything external for man, otherwise it would be admitting something that lies beyond its proper subject-matter. For as the material of the carpenter is wood, and that of statuary bronze, so the subject-matter of the art of living is each person's own life.
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For in this Case, we are not to give Credit to the Many, who say, that none ought to be educated but the Free; but rather to the Philosophers, who say, that the Well-educated alone are free.
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Philosophy does not claim to secure for us anything outside our control. Otherwise it would be taking on matters that do not concern it. For as wood is the material of the carpenter, and marble that of the sculptor, so the subject matter of the art of life is the life of the self.
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What would have become of Hercules do you think if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar - and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the absence of such challenges? Obviously he would have just rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep. So by snoring his life away in luxury and comfort he never would have developed into the mighty Hercules. And even if he had, what good would it have done him? What would have been the use of those arms, that physique, and that noble soul, without crises or conditions to stir into him action?
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If a person gave your body to any stranger he met on is way, you would certainly be angry. And do you feel no shame in handing over your own mind to be confused and mystified by anyone who happens to verbally attack you?
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He who exercises wisdom, exercises the knowledge which is about God.
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Is it not the same distance to God everywhere?
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It is much better to die of hunger unhindered by grief and fear than to live affluently beset with worry, dread, suspicion and unchecked desire.
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no man is free until he s a master of himself!!
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There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.
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I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment?
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Concerning the Gods, there are those who deny the very existence of the Godhead; others say that it exists, but neither bestirs nor concerns itself not has forethought far anything. A third party attribute to it existence and forethought, but only for great and heavenly matters, not for anything that is on earth. A fourth party admit things on earth as well as in heaven, but only in general, and not with respect to each individual. A fifth, of whom were Ulysses and Socrates, are those that cry: --I move not without Thy knowledge!
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If you wish to be a writer, write.
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The condition and characteristic of an uninstructed person is this: he never expects from himself profit (advantage) nor harm, but from externals. The condition and characteristic of a philosopher is this: he expects all advantage and all harm from himself.
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You only have to doze a moment, and all is lost. For ruin and salvation both have their source inside you.
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First say to yourself what you would be;and then do what you have to do.
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Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer. Put your principles into practice
Epictetus
Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.
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Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them.
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Don't put your purpose in one place and expect to see progress made somewhere else.
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Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of men's desires, but by the removal of desire.
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What you shun enduring yourself, attempt not to impose on others. You shun slavery- beware enslaving others! If you can endure to do that, one would think you had been once upon a time a slave yourself. For vice has nothing in common with virtue, nor Freedom with slavery.
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Man, what are you talking about? Me in chains? You may fetter my leg but my will, not even Zeus himself can overpower.
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Freedom is not archived by satisfying desire, but by eliminating it.
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Freedom, you see, is having events go in accordance with our will, never contrary to it.
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Kein Mensch, der in Furcht oder Sorge oder Chaos lebt, ist frei, aber wer sich von Sorgen, Furcht und Chaos befreit, wird dadurch auch aus der Sklaverei befreit.