There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:703) - Epictetus happiness
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:588) - Epictetus
First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:684) - Epictetus
Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problemsQusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:535) - Epictetus mankind
People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:724) - Epictetus
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:677) - Epictetus
Epictetus (Ancient Greek: Ἐπίκτητος; AD 55 – AD 135) was a Greek sage and 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 northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses.
Philosophy, Epictetus taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus 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.
Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, it is our duty to care for all our fellow men. Those who follow these precepts will achieve happiness and peace of mind.