Epictetus Quotes and Sayings

Epictetus Roman (Greek-born) slave & Stoic philosopher (55 AD - 135 AD)

No man is free who is not master of himself. ~Epictetus

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. ~Epictetus

If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase. ~Epictetus

Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent. ~Epictetus

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

When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing? ~Epictetus

Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil. ~Epictetus

The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. ~Epictetus

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. ~Epictetus

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. ~Epictetus