43. There are always two handles by which to grasp something— one is good to grab, the other useless. You’ve been wronged? Don’t grab the handle labeled “injustice.” You can’t carry wrongs that way. Do just the opposite. Remember the person doing the injustice— that one is human too.
32. Fortunetellers thrive. But wait: You know what you want, don’t you? OK, think—is that within your power? If not, it’s neither good nor bad. Yes, fortunetellers thrive. If you go to a fortune teller, don’t take your desires or dislikes along. If you do, you’ll be worried. Keep this in mind: events don’t care … More Epictetus, from The Handbook
Respect the faculty that produces opinions. You entirely depend upon this faculty to keep from accepting those opinions that are inconsistent with the nature of things and the thinking of a rational animal. Throwing away most opinions, hold on to the few that are true. In addition, keep in mind that we all live in … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
48. Average people never look at themselves as the source of their own help or harm but rather blame everything else. Philosophers, however, look to themselves as the source of help and of harm. People bettering themselves censure no one, praise no one, blame no one, accuse no one; they say nothing concerning themselves as … More Epictetus from The Handbook