Stoic Quotes on Just About Everything

On Nature

This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole, and what is my nature.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations — Book II, 167 A.C.E.)

No thing great 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 (Discourses, 108)

On Vanity

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic — Letter LII: On Choosing our Teachers)

Never value anything as profitable that compels you to break your promise, to lose your self-respect, to hate any man, to suspect, to curse, to act the hypocrite, to desire anything that needs walls and curtains.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations — Book III, 167 A.C.E.)

On Death

No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.
Zeno of Citium (Quoted by Seneca)

Don’t behave as if you are destined to live forever. What’s fated hangs over you. As long as you live and while you can, become good now.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations — Book IV, 167 ACE)

Given that all must die, it is better to die with distinction than to live long.
Gaius Musonius Rufus

On Happiness

That man is happy, whose reason recommends to him the whole posture of his affairs.
Seneca (On the Happy Life)

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.

On the Divine

The universe itself is God and the universal outpouring of its soul.
Chrysippus (Quoted by Cicero in De Natura Deorum)

For evils proceed from vice alone, but the Gods are of themselves the causes of good, and of whatever is advantageous; while, in the meantime, we do not admit their beneficence, but surround ourselves with voluntary evils.
Hierocles (How we ought to conduct ourselves towards the gods — fragment)

On Desire

You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.
Seneca (On The Shortness of Life — Chapter III)

Death is a cessation of the impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the strings which move the appetites, and of the discursive movements of the thoughts, and of the service to the flesh.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations — Book VI, 167 A.C.E.)

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