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Quote of Epictetus - If you want to improve, be...


Biography - Epictetus:

*Approximate years of birth and death.
Born: 50 - Died: 125
Period:
2nd century
1st century
Place of birth: Turkey
Turkey

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid with regard to external things.




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
Si tu veux avancer dans l'étude de la sagesse, ne refuse point, sur les choses extérieures, de passer pour imbécile et pour insensé.

German
Willst du Fortschritte machen, so lass es dir gefallen, dass man dich in Bezug auf äußere Dinge für dumm und einfältig hält.




See also 

See also...



The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.




Quotes for: wisdom


Quotes

Quotes about wisdom:


Patience is the companion of wisdom.





Wisdom leads us back to childhood.





This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.





The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.





Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.





Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.











Quotes

Quotes for: Stupidity


What is tolerance? It is the endowment of humanity. We are all steeped in weakness and error; let us forgive each other our stupidities, that is the first law of nature.





The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.





Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.





There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.





When people begin to philosophize they seem to think it necessary to make themselves artificially stupid.





The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.











Quotes

Epictetus also said...


Tell yourself, first of all, what kind of man you want to be; and then go ahead with what you are doing.





Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.





So when any one makes you angry, know that it is your own thought that has angered you.





To accuse 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.





We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.





If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.












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