Quotes by Epictetus


First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
– Epictetus

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
– Epictetus
All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
– Epictetus
All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
– Epictetus
Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.
– Epictetus
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.
– Epictetus
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
– Epictetus
For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship.
– Epictetus
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
– Epictetus
Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
– Epictetus
God has entrusted me with myself.
– Epictetus
He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
– Epictetus
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
– Epictetus
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.
– Epictetus
If you wish to be a writer, write.
– Epictetus
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
– Epictetus
It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
– Epictetus
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
– Epictetus
It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
– Epictetus
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
– Epictetus