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Quotes from Ancient Times
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from

Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quote.s It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.

Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD), Stoic Philosopher

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.

To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.

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

He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.

Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.

Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?

It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.

Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person, but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.

A strict belief, fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers.
Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another s.

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

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

Only the educated are free.

What will the world be quite overturned when you die?

For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship.

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

No man is free who is not a master of himself.

God hath entrusted me with myself.

No great thing is created suddenly.

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

Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.

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

It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.

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

Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.

A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope.

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? is not this also a return?

It is the sign of a dull mind to dwell upon the cares of the body, to prolong exercise, eating and drinking and other bodily functions. These things are best done by the way; all your attention must be given to the mind.

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.

Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.

One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.

No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.

If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before.

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

The soul's impurity consists in bad judgments, and purification consists in producing in it right judgments, and the pure soul is one which has right judgments.

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

A man that seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.

The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.

If you wish to be a writer; write!

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.

All philosophy lies in two words: Sustain and Abstain

Common and vulgar people ascribe all ills that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wisdom, to no one.

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.

To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.

People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.

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