Epictetus was born a slave around 55 A.D. in Hierapolis, Phrygia, in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it.
There is a story they tell of two dogs.
Both at separate times
walk into the same room.
One comes out wagging his tail while the other comes out growling.
A woman watching this
goes into the room to see
“Look at what you’ve got and make the best of it. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” ~ Proverb
“To know that you do not know and to be willing to admit that you do not know without sheepishly apologizing is real strength and sets the stage for learning and progress in any endeavor.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“Don’t consent to be hurt and you won’t be hurt – this is a choice over which you have control” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” ~ John Milton
“Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“There is really no reason to suffer. The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer. If you look at your life you will find many excuses to suffer, but a good reason to suffer you will not find. The same is true for happiness. The only reason you are happy is because you choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering.” ~ don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
“While positive thinking doesn’t always work, negative thinking, unfortunately, almost always does.” ~ Gary Mack, Mind Gym
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