Inspiring Quotes & Sayings by a Great Philosopher Epictetus

Epictetus, Known with his teachings published in pupil Arrian and his quotes taught a way of life , find his best quotes on death, perception and life.

  • Silence is safer than speech.
  • Only the educated are free.
  • If you wish to be a writer, write.
  • God has entrusted me with myself.
  • No great thing is created suddenly.
  • Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
  • No man is free who is not master of himself.
  • Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.
  • There is nothing good or evil save in the will.
  • You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.
  • Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.
  • All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
  • We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
  • We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
  • Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
  • First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
  • Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
  • If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.
  • It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
  • If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
  • People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.
  • We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.
  • Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.
  • Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
  • Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
  • The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.
  • Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
  • It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
  • It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
  • He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
  • Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.
  • If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
  • We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
  • Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
  • It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
  • We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
  • If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.
  • All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
  • Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
  • Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
  • It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
  • The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
  • One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
  • Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.
  • The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
  • It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.
  • Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.
  • Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
  • He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
  • If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.
  • If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
  • There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
  • When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
  • Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.
  • The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
  • The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
  • Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
  • You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
  • 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.
  • Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.
  • We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free.
  • If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.
  • Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
  • No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
  • Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
  • To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.