Epictetus

(AD 55_AD 135 / Hierapolis)

Epictetus Quotes

  • ''Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?''
    Epictetus (c. 55-135), Greek Stoic philosopher. Encheiridion, no. 11, trans. by T.W.H. Rolleston (1881).
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  • ''Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXIII, 2.
  • ''Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, VIII.
  • ''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.
  • ''Consider first the nature of the business in hand; then examine thy own nature, whether thou hast strength to undertake it.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXIX, 5.
  • ''We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Phrygian stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, 52.
  • ''Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXIII, 4.
  • ''Silence is safer than speech.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXV, 10.
  • ''The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.''
    Epictetus (c. 50-120), Phrygian stoic philosopher. Ethica, fragment, 166 (204).
  • ''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).

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