Epictetus Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Epictetus quotes, Epictetus sayings, and Epictetus proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout.      

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Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.

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When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well.

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If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

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Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

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Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

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We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

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Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

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He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

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Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.     

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Getting distracted by trifles is the easiest thing in the world? Focus on your main duty     

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We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.     

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Happiness and personal fulfillment are the natural consequences of doing the right thing.     

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There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

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Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.

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It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

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He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

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If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.

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Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.     

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We should not have either a blunt knife or a freedom of speech which is ill-managed.     

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Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.     

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.     

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Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours.

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You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

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If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.     

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When one maintains her proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals.     

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It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

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If you would be good, first believe that you are bad.

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.     

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