Share
  • Belief in God and a future life makes it possible to go through life with less of stoic courage than is needed by skeptics. ~ Bertrand Russell
  • But then my mother, who’s a very selfless, stoic person from a family of Marines, would tell us that what was good for our father was good for us – he would make more money; therefore, we’d be able to get better educations. ~ Patricia Richardson
  • Peace of heart that is won by refusing to bear the common yoke of human sympathy is a peace unworthy of a Christian. To seek tranquility by stopping our ears to the cries of human pain is to make ourselves not Christian but a kind of degenerate stoic having no relation either to stoicism or Christianity. ~ Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. ~ Epictetus
  • Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. ~ Epictetus
  • A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking. ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~ Epictetus
  • Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • So I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean. ~ Will Durant
  • What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears. ~ Seneca the Younger
  • It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • Reserved people often really need the frank discussion of their sentiments and griefs more than the expansive. The sternest-seeming stoic is human after all, and to burst with boldness and good-will into the silent sea of their souls is often to confer on them the first of obligations. ~ Charlotte Bronte
  • When you’re wearing an animal costume and something bad happens, your facial expression doesn’t change. The animal is deadpan the whole time. If you’re skiing in a gorilla suit and you fall, you just see a gorilla who has no emotion. It’s just a stoic gorilla, wildly falling down a hill, out of control. ~ Demetri Martin
  • “Fate permitting” is a standard Stoic phrase meant to remind ourselves that planning things is up to us, but the ultimate outcomes are not under our control. It helps us to develop an attitude of equanimity toward the universe. We should very much try to change things for the better, that’s the whole point of the Stoic discipline of action. ~ Massimo Pigliucci
  • A good social system is not to be secured by making people unselfish, but, by making their own vital impulses fit in with other peoples. This is feasible. Those who have produced stoic philosophies have all had enough to eat and drink. I feel I shall find the truth on my deathbed and be surrounded by people too stupid to understand—fussing about medicines instead of searching for wisdom. I hate being all tidy like a book in a library where nobody reads – prison is horribly like that. ~ Bertrand Russell
  • From forty to fifty a man is at heart either a stoic or a satyr. ~ Arthur Wing Pinero
  • Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well-ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company. ~ Seneca the Younger
  • As a stoic I must despise injury or, rather, I must not feel it, must not be affected by it so that it cannot violate the freedom of my soul. ~ Alexandra David-Neel
  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. ~ Epictetus
  • If the essence of cynicism consists in preferring nature to art, virtue to beauty and science; in not bothering about the letter of things — to which the Stoic strictly adheres — but in looking up to the spirit of things; in absolute contempt of all economic values and political splendor, and in courageous defence of the rights of independent freedom; then Christianity would be nothing but universal cynicism. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel