Epictetus Quotes

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.


We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

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

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.

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.

Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

No man is free who is not master of himself.

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

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

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.