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Epictetus quotes

Greek philosopher associated with the Stoics, AD 55-c.135


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

 

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.

 

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

 

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

 

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

 

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.

 

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

 

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

 

Nature has given men one tongue and two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak.

 

No great thing is created suddenly.

 


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