Epictetus Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Epictetus quotes, Epictetus sayings, and Epictetus proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout. Epictetus
Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world. Epictetus
When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well. Epictetus
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire. Epictetus
Freedom is the right to live as we wish. Epictetus
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. 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
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly. Epictetus
Getting distracted by trifles is the easiest thing in the world? Focus on your main duty Epictetus
We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. Epictetus
Happiness and personal fulfillment are the natural consequences of doing the right thing. 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
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
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. 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
If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. Epictetus
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. Epictetus
We should not have either a blunt knife or a freedom of speech which is ill-managed. Epictetus
Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress. Epictetus
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. 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
You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Epictetus
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. Epictetus
When one maintains her proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals. Epictetus
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus
If you would be good, first believe that you are bad. Epictetus
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus