The Timeless Wisdom of Epictetus

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13852.Epictetus
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/epictetus.html

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

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

“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.”

“No man is free who is not master of himself.”

“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.”

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

“He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.”

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

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”

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