Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. (Mark Twain)
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Epictetus


(55–135 AD) A Greek sage and Stoic philosopher. The name his parents gave him is unknown; the word 'epiktetos' in Greek simply means "acquired". No writings of Epictetus himself are really known. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his 'Discourses'.

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.
Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
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