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Epictetus

Roman (Greek-born) slave & Stoic philosopher (55 AD - 135 AD)

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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.

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Common and vulgar people ascribe all ills that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wisdom, to no one.

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Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature.

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When the idea of any pleasure strikes your imagination, make a just computation between the duration of the pleasure and that of the repentance that is likely to follow it.

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Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.

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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.

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There is nothing good or evil save in the will.

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The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

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Only the educated are free.

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When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?

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Only the educated are free.

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What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.

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Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.

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Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.

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

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

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When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?

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If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.

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We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and talk the less.

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

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Tell me where I can escape death: discover for me the country, show me the men to whom I must go, whom death does not visit. Discover to me a charm against death. If I have not one, what do you wish me to do? I cannot escape from death, but shall I die lamenting and trembling? . . . Therefore if I am able to change externals according to my wish, I change them: but if I cannot, I am ready to tear the eyes out of him who hinders me.

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Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.

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Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.

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There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

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

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

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No man is free who is not master of himself.

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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.

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The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forebearing.

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A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

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