The wisdom of Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Zeno of Citium remain perpetual and prestigious. They were able to produce timeless and empowering stoic quotes that many people find motivating and inspiring. Stoicism is a School of Hellenistic Philosophy started in Athens in the early third century BC by the brilliant philosopher Zeno of Citium.
Stoicism deals with a philosophy of ethics in line with the system of understanding and logic, and it extends to the holistic perception of the natural world. Moreover, the concept of Stoicism is based on the individuality and diversity of the advocates. It includes famous book authors, poets, playwrights, military and Roman emperors, professionals, people in the business world, and many others.
With that, check this list of empowering stoic quotes below that these famous philosophers’ brilliant minds have been successfully created and empowered.
“Today I have got out of all trouble, or rather I have cast out all trouble, for it was not outside, but within and in my opinions.” -Marcus Aurelius
“A good mind is a lord of a kingdom.” -Seneca
“That man is happy, whose reason recommends to him the whole posture of his affairs.” – Seneca
“No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.” -Seneca
“Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things.” -Epictetus
“If, therefore, any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone.” – Epictetus
“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” -Epictetus
“Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” – Epictetus
“The mind that is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and repel every attack.” -Marcus Aurelius
“One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.” -Zeno of Citium
These famous lines from the brilliant minds of Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Zeno of Citium have been inspiring many people for years. Aside from the list above, here’s more of the empowering stoic quotes they’ve shared.
“A limit of time is fixed for you, which if you do not use for clearing away the clouds from your mind, it will go and you will go, and it will never return.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Through not observing what is in the mind of another a man has seldom been seen to be unhappy; but those who do not observe the movements of their own minds must of necessity be unhappy.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Take me and cast me where you will; for there I shall keep my divine part tranquil, that is, content, if it can feel and act conformably to its proper constitution.” -Marcus Aurelius
“No insane person can be happy, and no one can be sane if he regards what is injurious as the highest good and strives to obtain it. The happy man, therefore, is he who can make a right judgment in all things.” -Seneca
“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
“A man may be called ‘happy’ who has ceased either to hope or to fear: but rocks also feel neither fear nor sadness, yet no one would call those things happy which cannot comprehend what happiness is.” -Seneca
“The mind maintains its tranquillity by retiring into itself, and the ruling faculty is not made worse. But the parts that are harmed by pain, let them, if they can, give their opinion about it.” -Marcus Aurelius
“If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always and approach toward it.” – Epictetus
“The greatest hindrance to living is expectancy, which depends upon the morrow and wastes to-day. You dispose of that which lies in the hands of Fortune, you let go that which lies in your own.” -Seneca
“We may choose to define it by calling that man happy who knows good and bad only in the form of good or bad minds: who worships honor, and is satisfied with his own virtue, who is neither puffed up by good fortune nor cast down by evil fortune, who knows no other good than that which he is able to bestow upon himself, whose real pleasure lies in despising pleasures.” -Seneca
“Consider that everything is opinion, and opinion is in your power. Take away then, when you choose, your opinion, and like a mariner who has rounded the headland, you will find calm, everything stable, and a waveless bay.” – Marcus Aurelius
“No one can be styled happy who is beyond the influence of truth: and consequently a happy life is unchangeable, and is founded upon a true and trustworthy discernment; for the mind is uncontaminated and freed from all evils only when it is able to escape not merely from wounds but also from scratches, when it will always be able to maintain the position which it has taken up, and defend it even against the angry assaults of Fortune.” -Seneca
“Everyone hurries his life on and suffers from a yearning for the future and a weariness of the present. But he who bestows all of his time on his own needs, who plans out every day as if it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the morrow.” -Seneca
“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.” -Epictetus
“As you think, so you become. Avoid superstitiously investing events with power or meanings they don’t have. Keep your head. Our busy minds are forever jumping to conclusions, manufacturing and interpreting signs that aren’t there. Assume, instead, that everything that happens to you does so for some good. That if you decided to be lucky, you are lucky. All events contain an advantage for you- if you look for it.” – Epictetus
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