Epictetus on Anger

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master.

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Luxury

“In things that pertain to the body take only as much as your bare need requires, I mean such things as food, drink, clothing, and shelter; but cut down everything which is for outward show or luxury.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Misfortune

“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.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Character

“As you are careful when you walk not to step on a nail or turn your ankle, so you should take care not to do any injury to your character at the same time.”

~Epictetus

Epictetus on Contests

“You will never have to experience defeat if you avoid contests whose outcome is outside your control.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Over-Reaching

“If you undertake a role which is beyond your powers, you both disgrace yourself in that one, and at the same time neglect the role which you might have filled with success.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Agency

” … not within our power are our body, our property, our reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not our own doing.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Happiness

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should live so that his happiness depends as little as possible from external causes.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Habits

“If you like doing something, do it regularly; if you don’t like doing something, make a habit of doing something different.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Hope

“Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Difficulties

“However he may treat me, I must deal rightly by him. This is what lies with me, what none can hinder.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Attention

“You become what you give your attention to … If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Progress

“The chance for progress, to keep or lose, turns on the events of a single day.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Temptation

“Counter temptation by remembering how much better will be the knowledge that you resisted.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Desire

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

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Patience

“Nothing important comes into being overnight; even grapes or figs need time to ripen. If you say that you want a fig now, I will tell you to be patient.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Keeping Good Company

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Perseverance

“Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Approval

“If you are ever tempted to look for outside approval, realize that you have compromised your integrity. If you need a witness, be your own.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Learning

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

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Character

Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Autonomy

“Our salvation and our loss is in ourselves.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Moderation

“If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Reputation

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

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Failings

“When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Desires

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Power

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

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Happiness

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should live so that his happiness depends as little as possible from external causes”

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Freedom

“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else”

~ Epictetus