Epictetus
Quotations


It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.

Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another's.

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

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

I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.



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