38. Just as when you walk you watch out for twisting an ankle or stepping on a nail, just so watch out for twisting your mind. Do this for every thing you do and you should be OK.
48. The average person never looks at himself as the source of his help or harm but rather blames everything else. The philosopher, however, looks to herself as the source of help and of harm. A person bettering himself censures no one, praises no one, blames no one, accuses no one; says nothing concerning herself … More Epictetus, from The Handbook
50. Whatever rules you chose, treat them like laws. As if it would be impious not to obey. Forget what others may be saying of you. That’s not your concern. How long are you planning to wait to demand the best of yourself? How long will you act against reason? You know the principles. So, … More Epictetus from The Handbook
8. Forget about controlling what happens; learn to wish that everything that happens happens just as it happens. Then . . . all will go exactly as planned.
7. A ship anchors, you go ashore, and amuse yourself picking up shells. But don’t you keep one eye on the ship, so when the captain calls you drop the shells and get back? Just so with life— we amuse ourselves on the shore with family, possessions. But keep an eye out: when the boat … More from The Handbook by Epictetus