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  • If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 48.
  • Control thy passion lest they take vengence on thee.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 50.

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  • 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.
    Epictetus (c. 55-c. 135), Greek stoic philosopher. Discourses, bk. 2, ch. 1, trans. by Elizabeth Carter (1758).

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  • If you would be well spoken of, learn to be well-spoken; and having learnt to be well- spoken, strive also to be well-doing; so shall you succeed in being well spoken of.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 52.
  • If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Dissertations, fragment 34.
  • You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.
    Epictetus (c. 55-c. 135), Greek stoic philosopher. Fragments, vol. 2, no. 26, EpictetusThe Discourses, The Manual and Fragments, ed. and trans. by W. Oldfather (1928).
  • The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Phrygian stoic philosopher. Ethica, fragment, 166 (204).
  • A soul that makes virtue its companion is like an over-flowing well, for it is clean and pellucid, sweet and wholesome, open to all, rich, blameless and indestructible.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 47.
  • If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, 43.

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  • Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXIII, 4.
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