If it be His pleasure that you should enact a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, see that you act it well. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows. This four-book work of his teaching showcase an unceremonious enthusiasm, animated by stories and dialogue. So then in obedience to Him, he went about delivering the earth from injustice and lawlessness. If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend its increase.
Ask you if a man shall come forward in the Athenian assembly and talk about revenues and supplies, when his business is to converse with all men, Athenians, Corinthians, and Romans alike, not about supplies, not about revenue, not yet peace and war, but about Happiness and Misery, Prosperity and Adversity, Slavery and Freedom? Can expire or change at anytime. Click this icon to engrave the quote on mugs, bookmarks, t-shirts and much more Rows: 1 - 25 of 58 1 Page: 1 of 3 All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. See children thrusting their hands into a narrow-necked jar, and striving to pull out the nuts and figs it contains: if they fill the hand, they cannot pull it out again, and then they fall to tears. It is not things that upset us, but our judgements about those things. The danger, he believes, is coercion by the deafening screams of the crowds. Sign-up for your free subscription to my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote email. For remember that in this manner also universally avoided all ostentation.
As far as in me lay, I have done Thee no dishonour. Epictetus - Wherein consists the Essence of Good. If any of the quotes below resonate with you, be sure to write it down and put it in a place that you can reference it often! I refuse nothing which seems good to Thee. And what lack I yet? Nothing truly holds you back. Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you, remember that it is only your judgment of the incident that provokes you.
Events do not just happen, but arrive by appointment. Nor should be be slovenly of look, so as not to scare men from him in this way either; on the contrary, his very roughness should be clean and attractive. In that space is our power to choose our response. So that if ever any talk should happen among the unlearned concerning philosophic theorems, be you, for the most part, silent. If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write. Another may shut his door and station one before his chamber to say, if any comes, He has gone forth! Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.
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. None other than this: To have left undone what thou shouldst have done: to have lost the faithfulness, the reverence, the modesty that is in thee! The choice is between attacking them head on or retreating in a sulk. For surely thou dost not seek it in a plant or in an animal that reasoneth not. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates. If you can, win over the conversation of your company to what it should be by your own. In dealing with hardship, we emerge better having gone through it.
Thus was not in prison since he was there with his own consent. Epictetus - How the Semblances of Things Are to Be Combated. I refuse nothing which seems good to Thee. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Here also is there a Lord of the House, who orders all things. Behold God hath sent you a man to show you in act and deed that it may be so. He dedicated his life to teaching with the only aspiration being that his students apply what they learn and live better lives because of it.
Whereas, I entreat you to learn what the administration of the World is, and what place a Being endowed with reason holds therein: to consider what you are yourself, and wherein your Good and Evil consists. It is not so much what happens to you as how you think about what happens. Thus you will not run the hazard of assenting to any appearances but such as you fully comprehend. A glance at theirs will make it clear to you. Is any discontented with being alone? We rational humans have the ability to first assess, then perceive, before choosing how to respond. If your brother acts unjustly, don't lay hold on the action by the handle of his injustice, for by that it cannot be carried; but by the opposite, that he is your brother, that he was brought up with you; and thus you will lay hold on it, as it is to be carried.
You shun slavery—beware of enslaving others! Concerning the Gods, there are those who deny the very existence of the Godhead; others say that it exists, but neither bestirs nor concerns itself not has forethought far anything. The same would certainly hold true for those who engage with his tutelage today. If we want to achieve greatness, we must accept that challenge is a requirement along that path. See children thrusting their hands into a narrow-necked jar, and striving to pull out the nuts and figs it contains: if they fill the hand, they cannot pull it out again, and then they fall to tears. His most famous work is the. God gave man two ears, but only one mouth, that he might hear twice as much as he speaks.