20 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Epictetus: Wisdom for Living a Good Life

Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher who lived in the first and second century AD. His teachings have been widely studied and revered for their wisdom and practical advice on how to live a good life. In this article, we list 20 of the most powerful and meaningful quotes from Epictetus. These quotes will provide valuable insights on topics such as personal responsibility, happiness, and living in accordance with our values and principles. Whether you’re a beginner to Stoicism or are looking to deepen your understanding of this philosophy, these quotes from Epictetus will provide valuable guidance on how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life:

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If you’re interested in learning more about Epictetus and his philosophy, I recommend the book “The Discourses” by Epictetus himself, translated by Robin Hard.

The Discourses is a collection of Epictetus’ teachings, in which he lays out his ideas on ethics, moral responsibility, and the nature of the human mind. One of the key themes of Epictetus’ philosophy is the idea that we should strive to be indifferent to external events, and instead focus on cultivating inner virtue and wisdom. He argues that by understanding the difference between what is within our control and what is not, we can learn to accept things as they are, and live a peaceful and contented life.

One of the things that makes The Discourses so valuable as a introduction to Epictetus is its accessibility. Epictetus writes in a clear and straightforward way, and his teachings are often illustrated with practical examples and anecdotes. This makes it easy to understand and apply his ideas in your own life.

The Discourses is a practical guide to living a virtuous life, and it’s a great resource for anyone who is interested in philosophy, self-improvement, or the Stoic way of life. The Robin Hard’s translation is considered to be one of the most accurate translation of the book, which gives a great value to readers who wants to learn from the source. This edition also includes an introduction and explanatory notes that provide helpful context and background information, making it an excellent choice for both beginners and more experienced readers.

In short, if you’re interested in learning more about Epictetus and his philosophy, I highly recommend reading “The Discourses” by Epictetus. It’s a timeless classic that will provide you with valuable insights and practical guidance on how to live a virtuous and meaningful life.

We would love to hear your thoughts and reflections on these quotes, and how they resonate with you personally. Please leave a comment below, and share your insights and perspectives on the wisdom of Epictetus. Your input will greatly enhance the conversation and provide valuable insights for other readers.

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