Top 43 Epictetus Quotes For Entrepreneurs

Epictetus is a Greek philosopher, and he is an advocate of integrity, personal freedom, and self-management. He is a great teacher using effective methodology and ethical thoughts. With his brilliant mind, he has some motivational quotes to share. Here’s the Epictetus quotes for entrepreneurs.

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

“Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.”

 “Any person capable of angering you becomes your master.”

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

 “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

“He who is free in the body, but bound in the soul is a slave; but on the contrary he who is bound in the body, but free in the soul, is truly free.”

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

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

“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within your control. And some things are not.” 

“What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? I was practicing for this, I was training for this.”

“Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions.” 

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” 

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” 

“Fortify yourself with moderation; for this is an impregnable fortress.”

“Life is short. Prefer honest life to long yet shameful life.” 

“To accuse of 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.” 

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

“You should act without the approval of others.” 

“Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power.” 

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” 

“No great thing is created suddenly.” 

“It is not events that disturb the minds of men, but the view they take of them.” 

“If you want to be a writer, write.”

“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”

“If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.”

The previous lines are so inspiring. To get some more, let’s continue reading the Epictetus quotes for entrepreneurs as follows. 

“It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

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

“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems”

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”

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

“It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.”

“If you want any good, get it from within.”

“Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you.” 

“Know first who you are then adorn yourself accordingly.”

“Only the educated are free.”

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

“Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.”

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.”

“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”

“Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.”

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.”

“I laugh at those who think they can damage me. They do not know who I am, they do not know what I think, they cannot even touch the things which are really mine and with which I live.”


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