18 Inspirational Epictetus Quotes on Life and Happiness (CONTROL)
“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.'”
“Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.”
41 Wise Epictetus Quotes on Death, Love, and Circumstances (STOIC PHILOSOPHER)
“When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?”
“To accuse others for one’s own misfortune 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.”
“Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around it comes to you; stretch out your hand, take a portion of it politely. It passes on; do not detain it. Or it has not come to you yet; do not project your desire to meet it, but wait until it comes in front of you. So act toward children, so toward a wife, so toward office, so toward wealth.”
“Although we can’t control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act our given role as best we possibly can and to refrain from complaining about it. Whereever you find yourself and in whatever circumstances, give an impeccable performance.”
“To know that you do not know and to be willing to admit that you do not know without sheepishly apologizing is real strength and sets the stage for learning and progress in any endeavor.”
Epictetus Short Biography
Born on 55 A.D., in Hierapolis, Phrygia (now modern-day Pamukkale), Turkey, Epictetus was a philosopher and teacher.
Epictetus was born a slave but was allowed by his owner to attend lectures by the philosopher Musonius Rufus.
He became a cripple and in 68 A.D. he earned his freedom, he moved to Rome afterward and began teaching philosophy.
In 93 A.D. all philosophers were banished from Rome, Epictetus moved to Greece, established a school and started giving lectures.
Epictetus never wrote anything, but his student Arrian had compiled his notes on Epictetus’ lectures and transcribed them into what is known as the Discourses. Arrian recounted that Epictetus was a powerful speaker.
Epictetus is credited for founding a practical philosophy, with the aim being to find a better way to live.
His philosophy is the belief that humans must find what they can control in their lives, and disregard the rest.
Epictetus’ teachings made him a great influence on cognitive psychology.
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