55+ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief. Othello

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods. Socrates

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

Man is mostly a collection of emotions, most of which he would do better not to be feeling. Neel Burton

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

Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty four hours a day. Markus Zusak

Sometimes in life we must fight not only without fear, but also without hope. Alessandro Pertini

Warriors should suffer their pain silently. Erin Hunter

In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given. Ryan Holiday

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

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Steve Jobs

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. Viktor Frankl

The ultimate power in life is to be completely self reliant, completely yourself. Robert Greene

Man conquers the world by conquering himself. Zeno of Citium

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

It is not the man who has too little that is poor, but the one who hankers after more. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Mastery of reading and writing requires a master. Still more so life. Marcus Aurelius

Sometimes in life we must fight not only without fear, but also without hope. Alessandro Pertini

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

Discomfort is the currency of success. Brooke Castillo

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

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. Viktor Frankl

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

The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief. Othello

Be so busy building your own life that other people’s bullshit is of no concern. Ed Latimore

If you’ll study even the smallest bit of science, for all practical purposes we are nothing. Naval Ravikant

In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given. Ryan Holiday

The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain. Colin Wilson

Difficulty is what wakes up the genius. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl

Common man’s patience will bring him more happiness than common man’s power. Amit Kalantri

If it does, you have failed to practice your virtues by going with the hype of pain. Tiisetso Maloma

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