Top 40 Optimistic Stoic Quotes By Zeno of Citium, Posidonius and Diogenes

Zeno of Citium, Posidonius, and Diogenes are next on the list of stoic quotes. Zeno of Citium founded the Stoic School of Philosophy, and he was a teacher in Athens in 300 BC. He was also a famous Hellenistic philosopher. On the other hand, Posidonius was a Greek astronomer, politician, geographer, historian, mathematician, and teacher. 

Lastly, Diogenes was a Greek philosopher and was also known as Diogenes the Cynic. These people are gifted with intelligence and excellence. With that, here’s a list of their different uplifting words that will inspire you every day. 

All things are parts of one single system, which is called nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with nature.”- Zeno of Citium

“Steel your sensibilities, so that life shall hurt you as little as possible.”- Zeno of Citium

“Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue.” – Zeno of Citium

“Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.” – Zeno of Citium

“Wellbeing as attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.” – Zeno of Citium

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

“That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe. therefore the universe exercises reason.” – Zeno of Citium

“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

“The end may be defined as life in accordance with nature or, in other words, in accordance with our own human nature as well as that of the universe.” – Zeno of Citium

Did you enjoy reading these inspiring words from these brilliant people? If so, let’s continue scrolling down and read more stoic quotes by Zeno of Citium, Posidonius, and Diogenes. 

“All the good are friends of one another.” – Zeno of Citium

“Love is a God, who cooperates in securing the safety of the city.” – Zeno of Citium

“All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with Nature. In one sense, every life is in harmony with Nature, since it is such as Nature’s laws have caused it to be; but in another sense a human life is only in harmony with Nature when the individual will is directed to ends which are among those of Nature. Virtue consists in a will which is in agreement with Nature.” – Zeno of Citium

“By silence, I hear other men’s imperfections and conceal my own.” – Zeno of Citium

“The voice is the flower of beauty.” – Zeno of Citium

“It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious.” – Zeno of Citium

“Follow where reason leads.” – Zeno of Citium

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.” – Zeno of Citium

“When a dog is tied to a cart, if it wants to follow, it is pulled and follows, making its spontaneous act coincide with necessity. But if the dog does not follow, it will be compelled in any case. So it is with men too: even if they don’t want to, they will be compelled to follow what is destined.” – Zeno of Citium

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we talk.” – Zeno of Citium

I hope you’ll get inspired and motivated by reading these stoic quotes from our brilliant ancient philosophers.

“No one entrusts a secret to a drunken man; but one will entrust a secret to a good man; therefore, the good man will not get drunk.” – Zeno of Citium

“If melodiously piping flutes sprang from the olive, would you doubt that a knowledge of flute-playing resided in the olive? And what if plane trees bore harps which gave forth rhythmical sounds? Clearly you would think in the same way that the art of music was possessed by plane trees. Why, then, seeing that the universe gives birth to beings that are animate and wise, should it not be considered animate and wise itself?” – Zeno of Citium

“When you put faith, hope, and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.” – Zeno of Citium

“No loss should be more regrettable to us than losing our time, for it’s irretrievable.” – Zeno of Citium

“Man conquers the world by conquering himself.” – Zeno of Citium

“A single day among the learned lasts longer than the longest life of the ignorant.” -Posidonius

“When men were scattered over the earth, protected by eaves or by the dug-out shelter of a cliff or by the trunk of a hollow tree, it was philosophy that taught them to build houses.” -Posidonius

“There are never any occasions when you need think yourself safe because you wield the weapons of Fortune; fight with your own! Fortune does not furnish arms against herself; hence men equipped against their foes are unarmed against Fortune herself.” -Posidonius

“Some passions cannot be approached tenderly, but are best conquered by main force.” -Posidonius

“The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.” -Diogenes

“Modesty is the color of virtue.” -Diogenes

“Calumny is only the noise of madmen.” -Diogenes

“A friend is one soul abiding two bodies.” -Diogenes

“When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.” – Diogenes

“Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.” -Diogenes

“I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.” -Diogenes

“It is a privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.” -Diogenes

“It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.” -Diogenes

“I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.” -Diogenes

“Blushing is the color of virtue.” – Diogenes


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