My Favorite Stoic Philosophy Quotes

April 18, 2018 - 2 minute read -

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  • You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius

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

  • I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you. – Seneca

  • The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. - Marcus Aurelius

  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. ― Epictetus

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

  • At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm? - Marcus Aurelius

  • I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived - and dying I will tend to later. - Epictetus

  • Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One. - Marcus Aurelius

  • Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat. ― Epictetus

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