Living Well According to Epictetus

Epictetus, a Stoic philospher, was born in Hierapolis, Phrygia (Turkey) in 55 A.D. He lived for a time in Rome, then spent the rest of his life in Nicopolis, Greece. One of his students, Arrian, wrote down the teachings of Epictetus in Discourses. This philosopher encouraged the duty of living with compassion, doing what is within our power, and letting go of what isn’t.

Be Happy

Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

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

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

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

Act Rightly

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.

It is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance on thee.

Judge Not

When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.

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

Be Confident

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.

No great thing is created suddenly.

The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.


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