Epictetus

(AD 55_AD 135 / Hierapolis)

Epictetus Quotes

  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Dissertations, fragment 34.
  • ''We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Dissertations, fragment 30.
  • ''It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.''
    Epictetus (c. 55-c. 135), Greek Stoic philosopher. Encheiridion, no. 41, trans. by T.W.H. Rolleston (1881).
  • ''You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.''
    Epictetus (c. 55-135), Greek stoic philosopher. Encheiridion, no. 19, trans. by T.W.H. Rolleston (1881).

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