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The Moment of Instant Regret

There is an experience that we all will have at least once in our lives, although it will more than likely happen more than once, and it will spring out of the blue just as things seem to be going well to shatter your world and make you feel just awful. 1,361 more words



“Difficulties are things that show people who they really are!”
A slave born in Hierapolis that was to become a saint-like figure for the Greeks and the Romans. 63 more words


The Enchiridion: 29.


Epictetus advises us on the success mindset. He says that success in any endeavor requires that we consider two things: 1) the things that we must neccessarily do to achieve our goal; and 2) the consequences, that is, the costs, of doing the neccessary things. 117 more words

The Enchiridion: 23.

23. If you ever happen to turn your attention to externals, so as to wish to please anyone, be assured that you have ruined your scheme of life. 346 more words

Epictetus from The Handbook

Whatever rules you chose,
treat them like laws. As if
it would be impious
not to obey. Forget what
others may be saying of you. 158 more words


A Boastful Young Moron Pretends to Stoicism: Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 1.2.6

“When he was bursting out these empty claims to fame and everyone present had been worn out by his words was wishing for an end because they were completely disgusted, then Herodes spoke in Greek—his usual oratorical flourish—and said: “Most magnificent philosophers, since we who are called commoners by you cannot give answer, let me instead recite from a book what Epictetus, the greatest of the Stoics, believed and said about conversation as bombastic as yours.” He ordered them to bring the first book of the Discourses of Epictetus edited by Arrian in which the honored old man railed upon youths—who call themselves Stoics—with righteous criticism because they had neither thrift nor honest hard-work but instead were blathering on with delicate theories and with arguments barely worthy as subjects for children.” 86 more words