Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pearls of Wisdom


Timeless pearls of wisdom Epictetus, a Greek philosopher.
 
Forget about what you think you know.
“It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.”

You choose to be insulted.
“It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.”

 

Listen.
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

 

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

Notice what is reflected.
“When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”

Suffering is optional. And so is happiness.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”