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.

Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater. Epictetus
God has entrusted me with myself. Epictetus
Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn't be affected by an incident unless you let it. Epictetus
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. 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
No great thing is created suddenly. 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
If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. 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
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. Epictetus
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. Epictetus
Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater. Epictetus
No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus
All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. Epictetus
First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus
Never say you are alone for you are not alone, your God and your genius is within. Epictetus
We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. Epictetus
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epictetus
If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. Epictetus
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. Epictetus
It is more necessary for the soul to be cured than the body; for it is better to die than to live badly. Epictetus
Seek not for events to happen as you wish but rather wish for events to happen as they do and your life will go smoothly. Epictetus
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epictetus
Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily. Epictetus
Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle. Epictetus
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty, God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil. Epictetus
No man is disturbed by things, but by his opinion about things Epictetus
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus
To make anything a habit, do it; to not make it a habit, do not do it; to unmake a habit, do something else in place of it. Epictetus