Wisdom of Epictetus

  • There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.
  • Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
  • The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
  • If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
  • Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.
  • Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.
  • He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.
  • Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.
  • It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
  • Only the educated are free.


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