A stoic quote by Epictetus from Discourses II, 3.4-5

We know how to analyse arguments, and have the skill a person needs to evaluate competent logicians. But in life what do I do? What today I say is good tomorrow I will swear is bad. And the reason is that, compared to what I know about syllogisms, my knowledge and experience of life fall far behind. ― Epictetus Discourses II, 3.4-5

A stoic quote by Epictetus from Discourses III, 22.42

Look, can you be forced to assent to what appears to you wrong?’ ‘No.’ ‘Or to dissent from the plain truth?’ ‘No.’ ‘Then you see you do have within you a share of freedom.’ ― Epictetus Discourses III, 22.42

A stoic quote by Epictetus from Discourses III, 5.7

Speaking for myself, I hope death overtakes me when I’m occupied solely with the care of my character, in an effort to make it passionless, free, unrestricted and unrestrained. ― Epictetus Discourses III, 5.7

A stoic quote by Epictetus from Discourses IV, 1.2

Who wants to live with delusion and prejudice, being unjust, undisciplined, mean and ungrateful? ‘No one.’ No bad person, then, lives the way he wants, and no bad man is free. ― Epictetus Discourses IV, 1.2

A stoic quote by Epictetus from Discourses IV, 13.15

Just prove to me that you are trustworthy, high-minded and reliable, and that your intentions are benign – prove to me that your jar doesn’t have a hole in it – and you’ll find that I won’t even wait for you to open your heart to me, I’ll be the first to implore you to lend an ear to my own affairs. ― Epictetus Discourses IV, 13.15

A stoic quote by Epictetus from Discourses IV, 3.4-5

Very little is needed for everything to be upset and ruined, only a slight lapse in reason. It’s much easier for a mariner to wreck his ship than it is for him to keep it sailing safely; all he has to do is head a little more upwind and disaster is instantaneous. In fact, he does not have to do anything: a momentary loss of attention will produce the same result.

A stoic quote by Epictetus from Enchiridion 10

Provoked by the sight of a handsome man or a beautiful woman, you will discover within you the contrary power of self-restraint. Faced with pain, you will discover the power of endurance. If you are insulted, you will discover patience. In time, you will grow to be confident that there is not a single impression that you will not have the moral means to tolerate. ― Epictetus Enchiridion 10