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EPICTETUS
Greek (Phrygian) philosopher
(55 - 135)
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Freedom and slavery, the one is the name of virtue, and the other of vice, and both are acts of the will.
      - [Freedom]

God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
      - [Conquest]

Happiness is an equivalent for all troublesome things.
      - [Happiness]

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

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.
      - [Wisdom]

I am not eternity, but a man; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day.
      - [Eternity]

If any one tells you that such a person speaks ill of you, do not make excuse about what is said of you, but answer: "He was ignorant or my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."
      - [Slander]

If you would be good, first believe that you are bad.
      - [Repentance]

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

In prosperity it is very easy to find a friend; but in adversity it is the most difficult of all things.
      - [Friends]

It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.
      - [Abuse]

It is wicked to withdraw from being useful to the needy, and cowardly to give way to the worthless.
      - [Charity]

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
      - [Apparel]

Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.
      - [Death]

Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.
      - [Lying]

Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them.
      - [Events]

Nature has given to men one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.
      - [Listening]

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
      - [Diversity]

Nothing is in reality either pleasant or unpleasant by nature; but all things become so through habit.
      - [Habit]

Nothing really pleasant or unpleasant subsists by nature, but all things become so by habit.
      - [Habit]

On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use.
      - [Misfortune]

One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
      - [Excellence]

Only the educated are free.
      - [Education]

Rely on principles; walk erect and free, not trusting to bulk of body, like a wrestler, for one should not be unconquerable in the sense that an ass is. Who then is unconquerable? He whom the inevitable cannot overcome.
      - [Firmness]

Remember that it is not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts, but the view we take of these things as insulting. When, therefore, any one provokes you, be assured that it is your own opinion which provokes you.
      - [Abuse]


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