Epictetus (Philosopher)

#19137 Epictetus

It is difficulties that show what men are. .

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#19138 Epictetus

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

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#19139 Epictetus

To the rational being only the irrational is unendurable, but the rational is endurable. .

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#19140 Epictetus

"But to be hanged—is that not unendurable?" Even so, when a man feels that it is reasonable, he goes off and hangs himself. .

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#19141 Epictetus

To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable; but everything reasonable may be supported. .

Epictetus Quotes about reason
#19142 Epictetus

Yet God hath not only granted these faculties, by which we may bear every event without being depressed or broken by it, but like a good prince and a true father, hath placed their exercise above restraint, compulsion, or hindrance, and wholly without our own control. .

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#19143 Epictetus

In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles. .

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#19144 Epictetus

Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle. .

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#19145 Epictetus

O slavish man! will you not bear with your own brother, who has God for his Father, as being a son from the same stock, and of the same high descent? But if you chance to be placed in some superior station, will you presently set yourself up for a tyrant? .

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#19146 Epictetus

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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#19147 Epictetus

No thing 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. .

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#19148 Epictetus

Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to an humble and grateful mind. .

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#19149 Epictetus

Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan. .

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#19150 Epictetus

Since it is Reason which shapes and regulates all other things, it ought not itself to be left in disorder. .

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#19151 Epictetus

If what the philosophers say be true,—that all men's actions proceed from one source; that as they assent from a persuasion that a thing is so, and dissent from a persuasion that it is not, and suspend their judgment from a persuasion that it is uncertain,—so likewise they seek a thing from a persuasion that it is for their advantage. .

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#19152 Epictetus

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater. .

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#19153 Epictetus

It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should? .

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#19154 Epictetus

Every art and every faculty contemplates certain things as its principal objects. .

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#19155 Epictetus

Why, then, do you walk as if you had swallowed a ramrod? .

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#19156 Epictetus

When one maintains his proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals. What would you have, O man? .

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#19158 Epictetus

If we are not stupid or insincere when we say that the good or ill of man lies within his own will, and that all beside is nothing to us, why are we still troubled? .

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#19159 Epictetus

In theory there is nothing to hinder our following what we are taught; but in life there are many things to draw us aside. .

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#19160 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. .

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#19161 Epictetus

Only the educated are free. .

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#19162 Epictetus

For it is not death or pain that is to be feared, but the fear of pain or death. .

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#19163 Epictetus

Shall I show you the sinews of a philosopher? "What sinews are those?" — A will undisappointed; evils avoided; powers daily exercised, careful resolutions; unerring decisions. .

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#19164 Epictetus

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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#19165 Epictetus

Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it, but accustom yourself to something else. .

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#19166 Epictetus

If you would be a good reader, read; if a writer, write. .

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#19167 Epictetus

Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, "Impression, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are and what you represent. Let me try you." .

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#19168 Epictetus

Two principles we should always have ready — that there is nothing good or evil save in the will; and that we are not to lead events, but to follow them. .

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#19169 Epictetus

For he who is unmusical is a child in music; he who is without letters is a child in learning; he who is untaught, is a child in life. .

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#19171 Epictetus

as translated by Elizabeth Carter .

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#19172 Epictetus

Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions. (1). .

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#19173 Epictetus

Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things. (5). .

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#19174 Epictetus

It is the act of an ill-instructed man to blame others for his own bad condition; it is the act of one who has begun to be instructed, to lay the blame on himself; and of one whose instruction is completed, neither to blame another, nor himself. (5) [tr. George Long (1888)]. .

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#19175 Epictetus

With every accident, ask yourself what abilities you have for making a proper use of it. If you see an attractive person, you will find that self-restraint is the ability you have against your desire. If you are in pain, you will find fortitude. If you hear unpleasant language, you will find patience. And thus habituated, the appearances of things will not hurry you away along with them. (10). .

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#19176 Epictetus

Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around it comes to you; stretch out your hand, take a portion of it politely. It passes on; do not detain it. Or it has not come to you yet; do not project your desire to meet it, but wait until it comes in front of you. So act toward children, so toward a wife, so toward office, so toward wealth. (15). .

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#19177 Epictetus

If a person gave your body to any stranger he met on his way, you would certainly be angry. And do you feel no shame in handing over your own mind to be confused and mystified by anyone who happens to verbally attack you? (28) [tr. Elizabeth Carter] .

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#19178 Epictetus

Alternative translation: If someone turned your body over to just any person who happened to meet you, you would be angry. But are you not ashamed that you turn over your own faculty of judgment to whoever happens along, so that if he abuses you it is upset and confused? (28) [] .

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#19179 Epictetus

If a man has reported to you, that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make any defense (answer) to what has been told you: but reply, The man did not know the rest of my faults, for he would not have mentioned these only. (33) [tr. George Long (1888)] .

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#19180 Epictetus

When you do anything from a clear judgment that it ought to be done, never shun the being seen to do it, even though the world should make a wrong supposition about it; for, if you don't act right, shun the action itself; but, if you do, why are you afraid of those who censure you wrongly? (35). .

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#19181 Epictetus

Everything has two handles, the one by which it may be carried, the other by which it cannot. If your brother acts unjustly, don't lay hold on the action by the handle of his injustice, for by that it cannot be carried; but by the opposite, that he is your brother, that he was brought up with you; and thus you will lay hold on it, as it is to be carried. (43). .

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#19182 Epictetus

These reasonings are unconnected: "I am richer than you, therefore I am better"; "I am more eloquent than you, therefore I am better." The connection is rather this: "I am richer than you, therefore my property is greater than yours;" "I am more eloquent than you, therefore my style is better than yours." But you, after all, are neither property nor style. (44). .

Epictetus Quotes about reason
#19183 Epictetus

Does anyone bathe in a mighty little time? Don't say that he does it ill, but in a mighty little time. Does anyone drink a great quantity of wine? Don't say that he does ill, but that he drinks a great quantity. For, unless you perfectly understand the principle from which anyone acts, how should you know if he acts ill? Thus you will not run the hazard of assenting to any appearances but such as you fully comprehend. (45). .

Epictetus Quotes about time
#19185 Epictetus

Whatever moral rules you have deliberately proposed to yourself abide by them as they were laws, and as if you would be guilty of impiety by violating any of them. Don't regard what anyone says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours. How long, then, will you put off thinking yourself worthy of the highest improvements and follow the distinctions of reason? You have received the philosophical theorems, with which you ought to be familiar, and you have been familiar with them. What other master, then, do you wait for, to throw upon that the delay of reforming yourself?... Let whatever appears to be the best be to you an inviolable law.(50). .

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#19186 Epictetus

The first and most necessary topic in philosophy is that of the use of moral theorems, such as, "We ought not to lie;" the second is that of demonstrations, such as, "What is the origin of our obligation not to lie;" the third gives strength and articulation to the other two, such as, "What is the origin of this is a demonstration." For what is demonstration? What is consequence? What contradiction? What truth? What falsehood? The third topic, then, is necessary on the account of the second, and the second on the account of the first. But the most necessary, and that whereon we ought to rest, is the first. But we act just on the contrary. For we spend all our time on the third topic, and employ all our diligence about that, and entirely neglect the first. (51). .

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#19187 Epictetus

Upon all occasions we ought to have these maxims ready at hand: .

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#19188 Epictetus

Conduct me, Jove, and you, O Destiny, Wherever your decrees have fixed my station. ~ Cleanthes. .

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#19189 Epictetus

I follow cheerfully; and, did I not, Wicked and wretched, I must follow still Whoever yields properly to Fate, is deemed Wise among men, and knows the laws of heaven. ~ Euripides, Frag. 965. .

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