44+ Best Stoic Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Stoic is a member of a school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium about 300 b.c. holding that the wise man should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submissive to natural law. Inspirational stoic quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Stoic Quotes

People hide their truest nature. I understood that; I even applauded it. What sort of world would it be if people bled all over the sidewalks, if they wept under trees, smacked whomever they despised, kissed strangers, revealed themselves? Alice Hoffman

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

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

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. Seneca

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

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

Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus

Inspirational Stoic Quotes

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

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

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older. Seneca

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

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

To be even minded is the greatest virtue. Heraclitus

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

Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

Stop drifting…Sprint to the finish. Write off your hopes, and if your well-being matters to you, be your own savior while you can. Marcus Aurelius

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

Whatever can happen at any time can happen today. Seneca

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

Amazing Stoic Quotes

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

Cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, never to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases, treating her as if she were actually going to do everything it is in her power to do. Whatever you have been expecting for some time comes as less of a shock. Seneca

Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day… The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time. Marcus Aurelius

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

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. Seneca

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

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. Epictetus

Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier. Randy Pausch

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

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus

Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life. Robert Greene

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Seneca

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