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Thoughts by Epictetus

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We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

Related topics: Positive Inspirational Motivational Attitude

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

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

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

 

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.
- 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

When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room,
remember, never to say that you are alone,
for you are not alone, but God is within,
and your genius is within.
- Epictetus

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Difficulties are things that show a person what he is.
- Epictetus

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things,
and then proceed to greater.
- Epictetus

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

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

We can't control the impressions others form about us,
and the effort to do so only debases our character.
- Epictetus

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

No great thing is created suddenly.
- Epictetus

Men are disturbed not by things,
but by the view which they take of them.
- Epictetus

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you,
but your opinion that these things are insulting.
- Epictetus

You may be always victorious if
you will never enter into any contest
where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
- Epictetus

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance upon thee.
- Epictetus

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

People are not disturbed by things,
but by the view they take of them.
- Epictetus

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

Do not seek to bring things to pass
in accordance with your wishes,
but wish for them as they are,
and you will find them.
- Epictetus

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

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

Whenever you are angry, be assured that
it is not only a present evil,
but that you have increased a habit.
- Epictetus

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

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

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

Fortify yourself with contentment,
for it is an impregnable fortress. -
- Epictetus

Anyone is free who lives as he wishes to live.
- Epictetus

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

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

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
- Epictetus

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

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

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.
- Epictetus

If anyone is unhappy, remember that
his unhappiness is his own fault...
Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility
except our own opinion.
- Epictetus

No greater thing 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.
- 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

All religions must be tolerated...
for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
- Epictetus

Keep your attention focused entirely
on what is truly your own concern,
and be clear that what belongs to others
is their business and none of yours.
- Epictetus

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

No one is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

Imagine for yourself a character,
a model personality whose example you determine to follow,
in private as well as in public.
- Epictetus

It's not what happens to you,
but how you react to it that matters.
- Epictetus

If someone irritates you, it is only
your own response that is irritating you.
Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you,
remember that it is only your judgment
of the incident that provokes you. -
- Epictetus

All philosophy lies in two words,
sustain and abstain.
- 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

Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom
understand that the impulse to blame
something or someone is foolishness,
that there is nothing to be gained in blaming,
whether it be others or oneself.
- Epictetus

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Affirmation:
Today I choose the higher road -
the path of charity, acceptance,
love, selflessness, kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Today, I choose the higher road -
the path of charity, acceptance, love, selflessness, kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose what lies in the shadows to be a matter
for discovery and adventure, rather than fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose to soar. Choose to fly your dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your Habits, Choose your Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose to be as a young child -
fully awake, eager for the next experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is lived in the living.
Set aside convention, caution,
and arbitrary "rules" about how
life is supposed to be lived.
Choose! Explore! Adventure!
Live life to the fullest.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Honor True Self
Forgive with Compassion
Receive ALL of life with Thanksgiving
CHOOSE with Thoughtful Consideration
Dream with Powerful Vision
Act with Bold Courage
Dance with a Light Heart
Relax in the Arms of Spirit
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
- Pythagoras

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Have NO EXPECTATIONS.
Life will not meet your expectations.
Choose joy anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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