45 Inspirational quotes by the most famous Stoics

Due to the bad misconception that Stoicism is about not having feelings and being indifferent to everything it has suffered throughout the years, but with more and more celebrities embracing the Stoic mindset a lot more people decide to give it a try and dive into the greek philosophy.


Here are 45 quotes by the most famous Stoics:


1.”The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.” – Marcus Aurelius


2.”It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius


3.”Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight” – Marcus Aurelius


4.”Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished” – Marcus Aurelius


5.”A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions” – Marcus Aurelius


6.”Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear” – Marcus Aurelius


7.”There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with” – Marcus Aurelius


8.”Anger cannot be dishonest.” – Marcus Aurelius


9.”How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” – Marcus Aurelius


10.”Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.” – Marcus Aurelius


11.”Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.” – Epictetus


12.”Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” – Epictetus


13.”No greater 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 you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” – Epictetus


14.”Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.” – Epictetus


15.”Happiness is a good flow of life.” – Zeno of Citium


16.”No evil is honorable, but death is honorable, therefore death is not evil.” – Zeno of Citium


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


18.”One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


19.”A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


20.”Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


21.”Life’s like a play, it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


22.”The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


23.”While we are postponing, life speeds by.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


24.”When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


25.”Consider, when you’re enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


26.”The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


27.”When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


28.”Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


29.”That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


30.”He that does good to another does good also to himself.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


31.”There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


32.”If you judge, investigate.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


33.”No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


34.”See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


35.”The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


36.”Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


37.”Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


38.”Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


39.”To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


40.”A man is as miserable as he thinks he is.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


41.”A man who suffers before it is necessary suffers more than is necessary.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


42.”No one is laughable who laughs at himself.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


43.”It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


44.”Life, if well lived, is long enough.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


45.”You are unfortunate in my judgment, for you have never been unfortunate. You have passed through life with no antagonist to face you; no one will know what you were capable of, not even you yourself.”’ – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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