Epictetus: Other people's views and troubles
Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.
Epictetus (Hierápolis, AD 55 - Nicópolis, 135) was a Greek sage and Stoic philosopher. He was brought as a Greek slave from Hierapolis, Phrygia (southwest Anatolia present day Pamukkale, Turkey ) to Rome, released and then exiled. After his release, he taught the philosophy of the Stoics first in Rome and later in Nicopolis (northwestern Greece),in a school founded by him.
Together with other Roman philosophers such as Seneca and Marcus Aurelius Epictetus was one of the leading figures in the Stoic philosophy in the first centuries after Christ. Epictetus didn't write anything himself, but his pupil and admirer Arrian has composed eight books of learning conversations of Epictetus, of which four books have been preserved. Arrian also put together the Manual Booklet (Encheiridion): a collection of 53 quotes from Epictetus. The practical advice given herein are even now found worth while.
Confucius: Friction and trials
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
Confucius (Qufu, 28 september 551, Qufu, 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.
Carl Jung: Every form of addiction is bad
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
Carl Gustav Jung (Kesswil, 26 July 1875 - Küsnacht, 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist and essayist who founded analytical psychology school, also known as the complex and depth psychology. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields.
William James: How to see the world differently
To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
William James (New York January 11, 1842 - Chocorua NH August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the "Father of American psychology". Along with Charles Sanders Pierce and John Dewey, he is considered to be one of the major figures associated with the philosophical school known as pragmatism, and is also cited as one of the founders of the functional psychology. William was the son of Henry James Sr. and older brother of the famous American writer Henry James.
Roy T. Bennett: Be grateful for what you already have
Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.
Roy T. Bennett is the author of the book: The Light in the Heart.
Until now, I could find no more information about him.