Stoic Quotes

By | 17.06.2022

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Stoic quotes

I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid. Cato

You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you. Seneca

He with the most who is content with the least. Diogenes

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love… Marcus Aurelius

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Make the mind tougher by exposing it to adversity. Robert Greene

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too. Marcus Aurelius

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.  Zen proverb

Stoicism, in our day, is not strength to overcome wishes, but to hide them. Rollo May, Love and Will.

Blushing is the color of virtue. Diogenes

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. Marcus Aurelius

Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

The best revenge is not to be like your enemy. Marcus Aurelius

The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time. Marcus Aurelius

Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards. Diogenes

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? Marcus Aurelius

A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking. Taleb Nassim Nicholas

We should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control? Epictetus

Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective. Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday.

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Diogenes

People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them. Marcus Aurelius

Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation. Which is why it is essential that we not respond impulsively to impressions; take a moment before reacting, and you will find it easier to maintain control. Epictetus, The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness

Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. James Allen

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. Seneca

The mob is the mother of tyrants. Diogenes

Stoicism quotes: Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours. Marcus Aurelius

Why should we place Christ at the top and summit of the human race? Was he kinder, more forgiving, more self-sacrificing than Buddha? Was he wiser, did he meet death with more perfect calmness, than Socrates? Was he more patient, more charitable, than Epictetus? Was he a greater philosopher, a deeper thinker, than Epicurus? In what respect was he the superior of Zoroaster? Was he gentler than Lao-tsze, more universal than Confucius? Were his ideas of human rights and duties superior to those of Zeno? Did he express grander truths than Cicero? Was his mind subtler than Spinoza’s? Was his brain equal to Kepler’s or Newton’s? Was he grander in death – a sublimer martyr than Bruno? Was he in intelligence, in the force and beauty of expression, in breadth and scope of thought, in wealth of illustration, in aptness of comparison, in knowledge of the human brain and heart, of all passions, hopes and fears, the equal of Shakespeare, the greatest of the human race? Robert G. Ingersoll, About The Holy Bible

It’s time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet. Marcus Aurelius

Poverty is a virtue which one can teach oneself. Diogenes

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast – a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part from the happy life nor add any part to it?
A man thus grounded must, whether he wills or not, necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and a joy that is deep and issues from deep within, since he finds delight in his own resources, and desires no joys greater than his inner joys. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been. Marcus Aurelius

Whatever can happen at any time can happen today. Seneca

We begin to lose our hesitation to do immoral things when we lose our hesitation to speak of them. Musoniuis Rufus

Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one. Marcus Aurelius

What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I’ve had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

External thinks are not the problem. It’s your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now. Marcus Aurelius

They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn. Seneca

Humanity must seek what is NOT simple and obvious using the simple and obvious. Musoniuis Rufus

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions — not outside. Marcus Aurelius

Since every man dies, it is better to die with distinction than to live long. Musoniuis Rufus

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epictetus

Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart? Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. Seneca

I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others. Marcus Aurelius

Only by exhibiting actions in harmony with the sound words which he has received will anyone be helped by philosophy. Musoniuis Rufus

Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems. Epictetus

Misfortune nobly born is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

To be even-minded is the greatest virtue. Heraclitus

Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment. Seneca

Thus whoever destroys human marriage destroys the home, the city-the whole human race. Musoniuis Rufus

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus

Regard [a friend] as loyal, and you will make him loyal. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Quotes from the stoics: Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference. Marcus Aurelius

To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony. Marcus Aurelius

All the good are friends of one another. Zeno

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him. Epictetus

Limiting one’s desires actually helps to cure one of fear. ‘Cease to hope … and you will cease to fear.’ … Widely different [as fear and hope] are, the two of them march in unison like a prisoner and the escort he is handcuffed to. Fear keeps pace with hope … both belong to a mind in suspense, to a mind in a state of anxiety through looking into the future. Both are mainly due to projecting our thoughts far ahead of us instead of adapting ourselves to the present. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgment now. Marcus Aurelius

But to recognize that if it’s humanly possible, you can do it too. Marcus Aurelius

No loss should be more regrettable to us than losing our time, for it’s irretrievable. Zeno

He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at. Epictetus

You should … live in such a way that there is nothing which you could not as easily tell your enemy as keep to yourself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in. Shannon L. Alder

You don’t love yourself enough. Or No great thing is you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. Marcus Aurelius

Extravagance is its own destroyer. Zeno

Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now. Epictetus

Nothing is burdensome if taken lightly, and nothing need arouse one’s irritation so long as one doesn’t make it bigger than it is by getting irritated. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

We should not, like sheep, follow the herd of creatures in front of us, making our way where others go, not where we ought to go. Seneca

A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought — they must be earned. Naval Ravikant

Man conquers the world by conquering himself. Zeno

A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope. Epictetus

You know yourself what you are worth in your own eyes; and at what price you will sell yourself. For men sell themselves at various prices. This is why, when Florus was deliberating whether he should appear at Nero’s shows, taking part in the performance himself, Agrippinus replied, ‘Appear by all means.’ And when Florus inquired, ‘But why do not you appear?’ he answered, ‘Because I do not even consider the question.’ For the man who has once stooped to consider such questions, and to reckon up the value of external things, is not far from forgetting what manner of man he is. Epictetus, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too. Marcus Aurelius

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. Marcus Aurelius

Steel your sensibilities, so that life shall hurt you as little as possible. Zeno

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus

What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance. Epictetus

The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief. Othello

People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective. Charles Bukowski, Women.

Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue. Zeno

You become what you give your attention to. Epictetus

Think of your many years of procrastination; how the gods have repeatedly granted you further periods of grace, of which you have taken no advantage. It is time now to realise the nature of the universe to which you belong, and of that controlling Power whose offspring you are; and to understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. Epictetus

Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Marcus Aurelius

A bad feeling is a commotion of the mind repugnant to reason, and against nature. Zeno

No person is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus

To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived – and dying I will tend to later. Epictetus

In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business. Marcus Aurelius

If you want something good, get it yourself. Epictetus

It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult. Seneca

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