8 Simple Tips To Find True Happiness In Life, According To Epictetus

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When you have decided to do something, always try to do your best work.

When you have decided that a thing ought to be done, and you are doing it, never shun being seen doing it, even though the multitude should be likely to judge the matter amiss. For if you are not acting rightly, shun the act itself; if rightly, however, why fear misplaced censure.”- Epictetus

Do not ignore your goals. You must do what you have to do to make your dreams come true.

“First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”- Epictetus

No thing great is created suddenly

“No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.”- Epictetus

You are responsible for your own happiness

“If any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone.”-Epictetus

Never stop learning

“For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows.”- Epictetus

Choose your friends wisely

“Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men.”- Epictetus

You are the master of your own life.

“Thou shalt not blame or flatter any.”- Epictetus

Do not worry yourself about things not in your control

“Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one world, whatever are not our own actions.”- Epictetus