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  • Happiness is not in strength, wealth, power, or all three. It lies in ourself, in true freedom, conquest of ignoble fear, perfect self-government, in power of contentment, and the even flow of life, even in poverty, exile, disease, and the very Valley of the Shadow of Death.
  • It is not the facts and events that upset man, but the view he takes of them.
  • Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions, and determine to pay the price for a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast... and one day you will build something that endures, something worthy of your potential.
  • The essence of philosophy is that a man should live so that his happiness depends as little as possible from external causes.
  • Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it
  • Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.


What is the numbering scheme used in identifying Epictetus' Fragments? I looked at two different sources for "Nature hath given men one tongue…" and they both identified it as CXLII, while here it is identified as VI. --Hughh (talk) 00:36, 29 September 2017 (UTC)