Epictetus is a person who taught the world about the real meaning of the word philosophy. He said that philosophy is not a theory about how to live. It shows the way to live. The theory is of no use if you don't make them practical. He was a born slave who lived in Rome until he was banished to Greece. We don't know what his parents named him and the word Epictetus means unknown. He was born during 55 AD and lived during the ancient philosophical era. He belonged to the Stoic school and was deeply interested in Ethics.
"The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight "
Have you ever imagined as to what we do in our real life? We speak too much, but hear or listen only less. Epictetus in one of his quotes has said that God has given two ears and one mouth because he wants us to listen more than what we speak. Perhaps it is the best way to solve a lot of problems. Because we seldom hear, but talk a lot. People have a habit of hearing what they want to hear.
It would be wonderful to hear him saying that it takes an appreciable amount of time to create great things in life. He advises us to keep patience. Everything will turn out to be fruitful. Even if you want a fig, he says that it also has an appropriate time. Let the plant have a bud, let it blossom and bear fruit. Wait till it ripens. This is the law of nature upon which nobody except God has control.