25 Stoic Quotes to Live By

Stoicism emerged two millennia ago, but the wisdom of ancient philosophers, emperors, and slaves lives forever and is more relevant today than ever before. 

Stoicism focuses on four cardinal virtues

  • Courage
  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Self-control

A common misconception about Stoicism is that a Stoic is a man who is fearless and emotionless. The truth is quite different. Stoicism is not living without emotion, but mindfulness practice that teaches us how to be strong in our mind and to control our emotions no matter the hardship we endure. 

Stoicism can be practiced by everybody and everywhere. With its power to strengthen human spirit against the challenges of daily life, it is undoubtedly one of the best thing in today’s uncertain times

Without further ado:

25 Stoic Quotes to Live By

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  1. Life is long if you know how to use it.

Seneca

 

  1. Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.

Marcus Aurelius

 

  1. Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.

Epictetus

 

  1. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Seneca

 

  1. He who fears death will never do anything worth of a man who is alive.

Seneca

  1. Man conquers the world by conquering himself.

Zeno of Citium

 

  1. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

Seneca

 

  1. People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.

Seneca

 

  1. You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.

Seneca

 

  1. Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

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

Epictetus

 

  1. How late it is to begin really to live just when life must end! How stupid to forget our mortality, and put off sensible plans to our fiftieth and sixtieth years, aiming to begin life from a point at which few have arrived!

Seneca

 

  1. Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.

Seneca

 

  1. But learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die.

Seneca

 

  1. If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it

Marcus Aurelius

  1. Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

 

  1. Whatever can happen at any time can happen today.

Seneca

 

  1. For it is better to die of hunger, but free from distress and fear, than to live in plenty with a troubled mind.

Epictetus

 

  1. How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?

Epictetus

 

  1. Remain silent for the most part, or say only what is essential, and in few words.

Epictetus

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  1. Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.

Marcus Aurelius

 

  1. The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.

Marcus Aurelius

 

  1. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius

 

  1. It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it. 

Seneca

 

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

Cato

 

 

Don’t just read the quotes. Use them to change your life. Change is possible, and it starts today. 

 

 

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