88+ 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

In a little while you will have forgotten everything; in a little while everything will have forgotten you. – Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing. – Nora Roberts

We suffer more in imagination than in reality. – Seneca

Death remembered should be like a mirror, Who tells us life’s but breath, to trust it error. – William Shakespeare

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

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

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. – Epictetus

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. – William Barclay

It is more necessary for the soul to be cured than the body; for it is better to die than to live badly. – Epictetus

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

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

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

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

The stoicism that comes of endurance has something of death in it. – Mary Catherwood

Progress daily in your own uncertainty. Live in awareness of the questions. – Bremer Acosta

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

What’s the good of being stoical if nobody notices? – Mason Cooley

Anger cannot be dishonest – Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

Some of the best things that have ever happened to us wouldn’t have happened to us, if it weren’t for some of the worst things that have ever happened to us. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

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

The critics could never mortify me out of heart, because I love poetry for its own sake, and, tho’ with no stoicism and some ambition, care more for my poems than for my poetic reputation. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Stoicism and silence does not serve us nor our communities, only the forces of things as they are. – Audre Lorde

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

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are – Epictetus

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

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

The basic philosophy of stoicism is that you have nothing real external to your own consciousness, that the only thing real is in fact your consciousness. – Roger Avary

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. – Albert Einstein

When you give your items away, don’t keep the excess of your pride. – Bremer Acosta

Whoever has nothing to hope, let him despair of nothing. – Seneca

Happiness is a good flow of life – Zeno of Citium

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

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

Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom. – Bergen Evans

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

Warriors should suffer their pain silently. – Erin Hunter

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

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

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

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

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. – Seneca

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

Stoicism is about the domestication of emotions, not their elimination. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With patience and calm, persistence and stoicism, good handwriting and careful labeling, they would meet persecution, indignity, and hardship head-on. – Michael Chabon

We love being mentally strong, but we hate situations that allow us to put our mental strength to good use. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

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

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

Let a man accept his destiny, No pity and no tears. – Euripides

There will never come a time when I will be able to resist my emotions. – Louise Erdrich

It is Stoicism that demands a closed universe, not the bible. – Richard J. Foster

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

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

If you judge, investigate – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Seek not for events to happen as you wish but rather wish for events to happen as they do and your life will go smoothly. – Epictetus

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

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

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

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

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

He who despises life is his life’s master. – Pierre Corneille

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

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

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

A man is as miserable as he thinks he is – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. – Marcus Aurelius

We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. – Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

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

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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