Who is Epictetus

Epictetus (; Greek: Ἐπίκτητος, Epíktētos; c. 50 – c. 135 AD) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born into slavery at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present-day Pamukkale, in western Turkey) and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion.

Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not simply a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.


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Astoic10: "wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants."- epictetus
Arslankhan103: "the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have." —epictetus
Stoic_in_truth: "curb your desire—don't set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need." - epictetus
Earlauthours: “any person capable of angering you becomes your master.” — epictetus
Sadeem4849: “keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.” –epictetus
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On The Morning Of Christs Nativity
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This is the Month, and this the happy morn
Wherin the Son of Heav'ns eternal King,
Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born,
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For so the holy sages once did sing,
That he our deadly forfeit should release,

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