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Self control has not the power to repair all our natural failings.

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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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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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Empty heads,-- heads without ideas in the wholesome variety and sufficient number to furnish food for the mental clockwork,-- ill regulated heads, where the faculties are not under the control of the will,-- these are the ones that hold the brains which their owners are so apt to tamper with, by introducing the appliances we have been talking about (alcohol, bad habits) Now, when a gentleman's brain is empty or ill-regulated, it is, to a great ex...
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr

The moment of awakening is awakening to one's self and to trust one's self.
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Michael Meade

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