Epictetus

(AD 55_AD 135 / Hierapolis)

Epictetus
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Epictetus (AD 55 – AD 135) was a Greek sage and Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses.

Philosophy, Epictetus taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through ... more »

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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.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 105.
  • ''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 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.
  • ''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.
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