Stoic Quotes on
Temperance

Our own worth is measured by what we devote our energy to

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Marcus Aurelius

The man who spends all his time on his own needs, who organizes every day as though it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the next day.

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Seneca

Unhappy am I because this has happened to me. Not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future.

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Marcus Aurelius

You only have to doze a moment, and all is lost. For ruin and salvation both have their source inside you.

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Epictetus

Will any man despise me? Let him see to it. But I will see to it that I may not be found doing or saying anything that deserves to be despised.

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Marcus Aurelius

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

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Marcus Aurelius

We ought not, therefore, to give over our hearts for good to any one part of the world. We should live with the conviction: 'I wasn't born for one particular corner: the whole world is my home country.'

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Seneca

The blazing fire makes flames and brightness out of everything thrown into it.

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Marcus Aurelius

Pride is a master of deception: when you think you're occupied in the weightiest business, that's when he has you in his spell.

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Marcus Aurelius

Another useful point to bear in mind: What qualities has nature given us to counter that defect? As an antidote to unkindness it gave us kindness. And other qualities to balance other flaws.

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Marcus Aurelius

Reading should serve the goal of attaining peace; if it doesn't make you peaceful, what good is it?

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Epictetus

Look to nothing, not even for a moment except to reason.

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Marcus Aurelius

Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinions about the things.

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Epictetus

Occupy thyself with few things, says the philosopher, if thou wouldst be tranquil.

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Marcus Aurelius

Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about.

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Marcus Aurelius

We do not receive a life that is short, but rather we make it so; we are not beggar in it, but spendthrifts.

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Seneca

Nothing satisfies greed, but even a little satisfies nature.

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Seneca

Let your will to avoid have no concern with what is not in man's power; direct it only to things in man's power that are contrary to nature.

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Epictetus