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If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 48.
Control thy passion lest they take vengence on thee.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 50.
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We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free.Epictetus (c. 55-c. 135), Greek stoic philosopher. Discourses, bk. 2, ch. 1, trans. by Elizabeth Carter (1758).
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If you would be well spoken of, learn to be well-spoken; and having learnt to be well- spoken, strive also to be well-doing; so shall you succeed in being well spoken of.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 52.
If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Dissertations, fragment 34.
You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.Epictetus (c. 55-c. 135), Greek stoic philosopher. Fragments, vol. 2, no. 26, EpictetusThe Discourses, The Manual and Fragments, ed. and trans. by W. Oldfather (1928).
The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Phrygian stoic philosopher. Ethica, fragment, 166 (204).
A soul that makes virtue its companion is like an over-flowing well, for it is clean and pellucid, sweet and wholesome, open to all, rich, blameless and indestructible.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 47.
If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, 43.
Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXIII, 4.
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