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

Perception Quotes, by Epictetus

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

Communication Quotes, by Epictetus

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Only the educated are free.

Education Quotes, by Epictetus

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Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.

Relationships Quotes, by Epictetus

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

Relationships Quotes, by Epictetus

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If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.

Goodness Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Fragments, (Long's translation)

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All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

Abstinence Quotes, by Epictetus

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No great thing is created suddenly.

Creativity Quotes, by Epictetus

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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.

Difficulty Quotes, by Epictetus

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It is difficulties that show what men are

Difficulty Quotes, by Epictetus

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Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well

Events Quotes, by Epictetus

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

Happiness Quotes, by Epictetus

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

Men Quotes, by Epictetus

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Nature has given man one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak

Nature Quotes, by Epictetus

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

Power Quotes, by Epictetus

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

Proverbs Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Discourses (ch. XXI)

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If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.

Proverbs Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Fragments, (Long's translation)

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I talk of cheese, you of chalk.

Proverbs Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Fragments, (Long's translation)

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Man is to man a god or a wolf.

Proverbs Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Fragments, (Long's translation)

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Not even the gods can withstand necessity.

Proverbs Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Fragments, (Long's translation)

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Prevention is better than cure.

Proverbs Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Fragments, (Long's translation)

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The Beginning of Philosophy . . . is a Consciousness of your own Weakness and inability in necessary things.

Philosophy Quotes, by Epictetus , Source: Discourses (bk. II, ch. XI, st. 1)

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

Ambition Quotes, by Epictetus

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Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.

Listening Quotes, by Epictetus

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

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Epictetus

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