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Epictetus

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.

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Azat Sagyndykovhas quoted5 months ago
With ev­ery ac­ci­dent, ask your­self what abil­i­ties you have for mak­ing a proper use of it. If you see an at­trac­tive per­son, you will find that self-re­straint is the abil­ity you have against your de­sire. If you are in pain, you will find for­ti­tude. If you hear un­pleas­ant lan­guage, you will find pa­tience.
b7930279769has quoted10 months ago
Don’t de­mand that things hap­pen as you wish, but wish that they hap­pen as they do hap­pen, and you will go on well.
b7930279769has quoted10 months ago
It’s not the ac­ci­dent that dis­tresses this per­son, be­cause it doesn’t dis­tress an­other per­son; it is the judg­ment which he makes about it

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    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot
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    👍Worth reading

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    The Enchiridion
    • 84
    • 21
    • 3
    • 8
    Free
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