Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. This post features some Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as the Meditations, is the most significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy.

Aurelius’ Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration. Marcus Aurelius acquired the reputation of a philosopher king within his lifetime, and the title would remain his after death; both Dio and the biographer call him “the philosopher”.

Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Marcus Aurelius Quotes

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Marcus Aurelius quotes

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”
― Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius quotes
Marcus Aurelius quotes

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“What need is there of suspicious fear, since it is in thy power to inquire what ought to be done? And if thy seest clear, go by this way content, without turning back: but if thy dost not see clear, stop and take the best advisers. But if any other things oppose thee, go on according to thy powers with due consideration, keeping to that which appears to be just. For it is best to reach this object, and if thou dost fail, let thy failure be in attempting this. He who follows reason in all things is both tranquil and active at the same time, and also cheerful and collected.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together,but do so with all your heart.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Whoever does wrong, wrongs himself; whoever does injustice, does it to himself, making himself evil.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common.’ If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Remember that the term Rational was intended to signify a discriminating attention to every several thing and freedom from negligence; and that Equanimity is the voluntary acceptance of things which are assigned to thee by the common nature; and the Magnanimity is the elevation of the intelligent part above the pleasurable or painful sensations of the flesh, and above that poor thing called fame, and death, and all such things. If then, thou maintainest thyself in the possession of these names, without desiring to be called by these names by others, thou wilt be another person and wilt enter into another life.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“For a man can lose neither the past nor the future; for how can one take from him that which is not his? So remember these two points: first, that each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle, and that it signifies not whether a man shall look upon the same things for a hundred years or two hundred, or for an infinity of time; second, that the longest lived and the shortest lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
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“When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Not to feel exasperated, or defeated, or despondent because your days aren’t packed with wise and moral actions. But to get back up when you fail, to celebrate behaving like a human–however imperfectly–and fully embrace the pursuit that you’ve embarked on.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“All that is harmony for you, my Universe, is in harmony with me as well. Nothing that comes at the right time for you is too early or too late for me. Everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring, Nature. All things come of you, have their being in you, and return to you.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Acquire the contemplative way of seeing how all things change into one another, and constantly attend to it, and exercise thyself about this part [of philosophy]. For nothing is so much adapted to produce magnanimity. …But as to what any man shall say or think about him, or do against him, he never even thinks of it, being himself contented with these two things: with acting justly in what he now does, and being satisfied with what is now assigned to him; and he lays aside all distracting and busy pursuits, and desires nothing else than to accomplish the straight course through the law, and by accomplishing the straight course to follow God.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”
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“Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this ‘reality’ as you view your dreams.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“In a sense, people are our proper occupation. Our job is to do them good and put up with them. But when they obstruct our proper tasks, they become irrelevant to us–like sun, wind, and animals. Our actions may be impeded by them, but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
― Marcus Aurelius

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Inspirational quotes by Famous Entrepreneurs

This post features some Inspirational quotes by Famous Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are those who design, launch and run a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a startup company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire. Entrepreneurs are people who listen to their inner voice and follow it. They transform their dreams in reality by working hard. They give their full attention to their work, because they love their work.

Below is a collection of Inspirational quotes by Famous Entrepreneurs. These Entrepreneurs quotes will motivate you in your life to achieve success.

Inspirational quotes by Famous Entrepreneurs
Inspirational quotes by Famous Entrepreneurs

Bill Gates
William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs in the world.

Bill Gates Quotes

“Life is not fair – get used to it!”

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.”

John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller Sr. (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American oil industry tycoon and philanthropist, who is considered to be the wealthiest American of all time by virtually every source, and—largely—the richest person in modern history.

John D. Rockefeller Quotes

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.”

“Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

“I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.”

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.”

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.”

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”

“A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

“You may delay, but time will not.”

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

“Well done is better than well said.”

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

Inspirational quotes by Famous Entrepreneurs
Inspirational quotes by Famous Entrepreneurs

Thomas Edison quotes

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I’ll show you a failure.”

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

“I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.”

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

“I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it.”

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He is often identified as one of the richest people and one of the richest Americans ever.

Andrew Carnegie Quotes

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

“You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself.”

“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.”

“There is little success where there is little laughter.”

“Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.”

“The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

“Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.”

“Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.”

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Under Steve Jobs leadership as the CEO, Apple Inc. developed products such as iMAC, iPOD, iPHONE, iPAD, iTUNES, and other services such as Apple Retail Store, iTUNES Store and App Store. All these products and services became a huge success, and gave Apple Inc. a long term stable financial returns. As a result, Apple Inc. became worlds most valuable public traded company in 2011.

Steve Jobs Quotes

“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

Walt Disney

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer he received 22 Academy Awards from 59 nominations and has won more individual Oscars than anyone else.

Walt Disney Quotes

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.”

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”

Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are computer scientists and an Internet entrepreneurs. They co-founded Google Inc. in 1998. Page is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. Brin serves as President of Alphabet Inc.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Quotes

“If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.
You never lose a dream. It just incubates as a hobby.”

“If your access to health care involves your leaving work and driving somewhere and parking and waiting for a long time, that’s not going to promote healthiness.”

“You always hear the phrase, money doesn’t buy you happiness. But I always in the back of my mind figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness. But it’s not really true.”

“We wouldn’t survive if people didn’t trust us.”

“We saw that a thousand results weren’t necessarily as useful as 10 good ones.”

“Ultimately you want to have the entire world’s knowledge connected directly to your mind.”

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist. Bloomberg is currently the 6th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of US$51 billion as of September 2016.

Michael Bloomberg Quotes

“There will be ups, there will be downs, there will be sideways. I can just tell you I have been hired, I have been fired, I have been lauded, I have been vilified. I’ve said some of the most brilliant things that just by accident appeared on my tongue, and I’ve said some of the dumbest things that you could imagine. But each day – even the day that I knew I was going to be fired – I looked forward to because I’ve always believed that tomorrow was going to be the best day of my life.”

“Working collectively and collaboratively is the difference between mediocrity by yourself…or success as a team. You have to share the pain… and the responsibility and if you do then you will also share in the rewards.”

“I’ve always wondered if people who block each other from expressing their opinions do so because they have so little confidence in their own. To me, encountering an opposing point of view is a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the issues at stake… and develop my own point of view. But the first thing you’ve got to do is you’ve got to let people speak and you’ve got to listen. And that’s what the first amendment is all about. That’s what really distinguishes this country from others.”

“What you’ve got to do is be honest. Say what you believe. Give it to them straight. Just don’t wuss out.”

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos (January 12, 1964) is an American technology entrepreneur and investor. He has played a role in the growth of e-commerce as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com. As of August 2016, Bezos’ personal wealth is estimated to be US$66.7 billion, due in part to a recent spike in Amazon’s stock price, ranking him the 3rd richest person in the world on the Forbes list of billionaires.

Jeff Bezos Quotes

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”

“There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”

“If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.”

“We expect all our businesses to have a positive impact on our top and bottom lines. Profitability is very important to us or we wouldn’t be in this business.”

Elon Musk

Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor,engineer and inventor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. As of June 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$12.7 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world.

Elon Musk quotes

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

“I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.”

“Great companies are built on great products.”

“We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere… can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.”

“I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.”

“Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.”

“When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.”

“People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.”

“Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.”

“You need to live in a dome initially, but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on… So it’s a fixer-upper of a planet.”

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Epictetus Quotes
Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus (c. AD 55 – 135) was a Greek-speaking Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in north-western Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion. This post features some Inspirational Epictetus Quotes.

Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.

Early in life, Epictetus acquired a passion for philosophy, and with the permission of his wealthy owner, he studied Stoic philosophy under Musonius Rufus, which allowed him to rise in respectability as he grew more educated. He lived a life of great simplicity, with few possessions and lived alone for a long time.

Epictetus Quotes
Epictetus Quotes

Epictetus Quotes

“Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions,—as the habit of walking, by walking; of running, by running.”
― Epictetus

“A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope.”
― Epictetus

“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”
― Epictetus

“Let not others disobedience to Nature become an ill to you; for you were not born to be depressed and unhappy with others, but to be happy with them. And if any is unhappy, remember that he is so for himself; for God made all men to enjoy felicity and peace.”
― Epictetus

“Freedom is the name of virtue: Slavery, of vice…. None is a slave whose acts are free.”
― Epictetus

“Only the educated are free.”
― Epictetus

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

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. ”
― Epictetus

“A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope.”
― Epictetus

“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”
― Epictetus

“Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.”
― Epictetus

“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.”
― Epictetus

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
― Epictetus

“The soul that companies with Virtue is like an ever-flowing source. It is a pure, clear, and wholesome draught; sweet, rich, and generous of its store; that injures not, neither destroys.”
― Epictetus

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
― Epictetus

“Give me by all means the shorter and nobler life, instead of one that is longer but of less account!”
― Epictetus

“When you want to hear a philosopher, do not say, ‘You say nothing to me’; only show yourself worthy or fit to hear, and then you will see how you will move the speaker.”
― Epictetus

“Appear to know only this,—never to fail nor fall.”
― Epictetus

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

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

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

“Of pleasures, those which occur most rarely give the most delight.”
― Epictetus

“The appearance of things to the mind is the standard of every action to man.”
― Epictetus

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

“Dare to look up to God and say, “Make use of me for the future as Thou wilt. I am of the same mind; I am one with Thee. I refuse nothing which seems good to Thee. Lead me whither Thou wilt. Clothe me in whatever dress Thou wilt.”
― Epictetus

“Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.”
― Epictetus

“Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.”
Epictetus quotes

“If any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone. For God hath made all men to enjoy felicity and constancy of good.”
― 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

“I laugh at those who think they can damage me. They do not know who I am, they do not know what I think, they cannot even touch the things which are really mine and with which I live.”
― Epictetus

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.”
― Epictetus

“The anger of an ape—the threat of a flatterer:—these deserve equal regard.”
― Epictetus

“Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.”
― Epictetus

“Never call yourself a philosopher, nor talk a great deal among the unlearned about theorems, but act conformably to them. Thus, at an entertainment, don’t talk how persons ought to eat, but eat as you ought. For remember that in this manner Socrates also universally avoided all ostentation.”
― Epictetus

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
― Epictetus

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”
― Epictetus

“The essence of good and evil is a certain disposition of the will.”
― Epictetus

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

“Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regardless of what other people think or do. Hold to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.”
― Epictetus

“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”
― Epictetus

“No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.”
― Epictetus

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”
― Epictetus

“It is not reasonings that are wanted now; for there are books stuffed full of stoical reasonings.”
― Epictetus

“Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to
rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait
not for clapping of hands and shouts and praise to do thy duty;
nay, do good of thine own accord, and thou wilt be loved like the
Sun.”
― Epictetus

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