Epictetus (c. 55 – 135 AD) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia(Turkey). His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion. Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept calmly and dispassionately whatever happens. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.
Quotes by Epictetus
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
No man is free who is not master of himself.
Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
Only the educated are free.Epictetus
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.Epictetus
Somethings are up to us and some are not up to us and we must act accordingly, taking responsibility for planning and enacting what we can with virtue without becoming upset or disheartened by obstacles and reverses beyond our control.
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