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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Epictetus

 

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“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”

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“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. ”

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“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

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“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”

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

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“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

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“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”

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“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems”

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“Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.”

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“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

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“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.”

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“He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.”

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“All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way.”

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“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.”

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“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”

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“Only the educated are free.”

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“To accuse others for one’s own misfortune is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.”

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“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. ”

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“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”

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“Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regardless of what other people think or do. Hold to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.”

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“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ”

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“You are a little soul carrying around a corpse”

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“Seek not the good in external things; seek it in yourselves.”

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“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.”

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“If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.”

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“Do not try to seem wise to others. ”

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“Don’t seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen, and all will be well with you.”

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“No man is free who is not master of himself.”

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“If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write.”

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“Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat.”

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“Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.”

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“In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles.”

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“Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.”

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“Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.”

Wikipedia:  Epictetus

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