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Epictetus
55-135 (Age at death: 80 approx.)

Epictetus (Greek: Ἐπίκτητος; AD 55-AD 135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his exile to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece, where he lived most of his life and died. His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses. Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. Individuals, however, are responsible for their own actions which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline. Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, human beings have a duty of care to all fellow humans. The person who followed these precepts would achieve happiness.

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He is free who lives as he chooses.

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If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as though it has already happened."

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No bad man is free.

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No man is free who is not master of (commands not) himself."

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No man who is in fear, or sorrow, or turmoil, is free, but whoever is rid of sorrows, fears and turmoils, that man is by the selfsame course rid also of slavery.

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Shall I show you the muscular training of a philosopher? What muscles are those? --A will undisappointed; evils avoided; powers daily exercised; careful resolutions; unerring decisions.

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Shall I show you the muscular training of a philosopher? What muscles are those? --A will undisappointed; evils avoided; powers daily exercised; careful resolutions; unerring decisions.

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The mind, as it was fit, then this most excellent and superior faculty alone, the gods have placed in our power.

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The mind, as it was fit, then this most excellent and superior faculty alone, the gods have placed in our power.

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