Shall I show you the sinews of a philosopher? "What sinews are those?" A will undisappointed; evils avoided; powers daily exercised, careful resolutions; unerring decisions.
Book II, ch. 8.
Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.Epictetus
Every art and every faculty contemplates certain things as its principal objects.Epictetus
Why, then, do you walk as if you had swallowed a ramrod?Epictetus
It is difficulties that show what men are.Epictetus
If you would be a good reader, read; if a writer, write.Epictetus
Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, "Impression, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are and what you represent. Let me try you."Epictetus
Freedom is the name of virtue: Slavery, of vice…. None is a slave whose acts are free.Epictetus
Of pleasures, those which occur most rarely give the most delight.Epictetus
Exceed due measure, and the most delightful things become the least delightful.Epictetus
Let no man think that he is loved by any who loveth none.Epictetus
You are a little soul, carrying a corpse.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
The appearance of things to the mind is the standard of every action to man.Epictetus
Things true and evident must of necessity be recognized by those who would contradict them.Epictetus
There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.Epictetus
Who is there whom bright and agreeable children do not attract to play and creep and prattle with them?Epictetus
In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.Epictetus
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