Quotes by Epictetus

"If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants."

"Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it."

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

"Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems"

Books by Epictetus

  • The Discourses
  • 4,344 ratings
  • March 2nd 1995 by Everyman

    (first published 108)

  • Of Human Freedom
  • 649 ratings
  • August 26th 2010 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 100)

  • Epictetus

  • Date of birth: January 07, 0055
  • Died: January 04, 0135
  • Born: in Pamukkale (formerly Hierapolis, Phrygia), Turkey.

  • Description: Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his exile to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece, where he lived most of his life and died. His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses. Philosophy, he 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, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. Individuals, however, 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, human beings have a duty of care to all fellow humans. The person who followed these precepts would achieve happiness.