History Jokes: Demotivational quote from Epictetus


Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

Demotivational quote from Epictetus 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 11:11 AM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman, Famous funny quotes and sayings
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You ought to possess your whole body as a poor mule loaded, as long as it is possible, as long as you are allowed. But if there be a press, and a soldier should lay hold of it, let it go, do not resist, nor murmur; if you do, you will receive blows, and nevertheless you will also lose the mule.

Epictetus, Discourses. Book IV

Interestingly, the second part of this quote is a lot more practical, when not fraught with the burden of a philosophical analogy.
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Make him laugh 
Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 01:27 PM - American history in jokes,anecdotes and funny facts, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
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When Will Rogers was being taken to the White House to meet President Calvin Coolidge, he was cautioned not to try to be funny because the President had no sense of humor. The undaunted Rogers bet that he could have Coolidge laughing within 20 seconds. When the formal introduction was made, "Mr. President, may I introduce my friend, Mr. Will Rogers," Rogers held out his hand with a questioning look and said, "Pardon me, I didn't quite get the name." Coolidge roared with laughter, and Rogers won the wager.
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Cossack Logic 
Monday, April 12, 2010, 04:19 PM - Famous funny quotes and sayings
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The empress Elizabeth of Russia during the war with Sweden commanded the old hetman of the Cossacks to come to court on his way to Finland. " If the emperor, your father," said the hetman, "had taken my advice, your majesty would not now have been annoyed by the Swedes." "What was your advice ?" asked the empress. "To put all the nobility to death, and transplant the people into Russia." "But that," said the empress, "would have been cruel." "I do not see that," he replied quietly; "they are all dead now, and they would only have been dead if my advice had been taken."
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Matters of religion 
Nell Gwynn, a new mistress of King Charles II, was presented with a coach which apparently used to belong to someone else. When Nelly was insulted in her coach at Oxford by the mob calling her "a Catholic whore", after mistaking her for the Duchess of Portsmouth, she looked out of the window and said, with her usual good humor, 'Pray, good people, be civil; I am the Protestant whore.' This laconic speech drew upon her the favor of the populace, and Nell was suffered to proceed without further molestation.
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Famous quote about the British Empire with a clever addendum 
Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 11:45 PM - British humor, history of England, Famous funny quotes and sayings
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"The British empire, sir," exclaimed an orator, "is one on which the sun never sets." "And one," replied an auditor, " in which the tax-collector never goes to bed."

From "The Jest Book"
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