Stoic Quotes on
Wisdom

Were you to live three thousand years, or even thirty thousand, remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment; and furthermore, that he can have no other life except the one he loses.

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Marcus Aurelius

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

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Marcus Aurelius

Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything inbetween.

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Maya Angelou

As a man thinketh, so he is. As he continues to think, so he remains.

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James Allen

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.

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Seneca

Whatever may happen to you, it was prepared for you from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of your being, and of that which is incident to it.

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Marcus Aurelius

But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.

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Seneca

Do the one thing that can render you really happy: cast aside and trample under foot all the things that glitter outwardly and are held out to you a by another or as obtainable from another.

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Seneca

Of all men, only those who find time for philosophy are at leisure; only they are truly alive; for it is not only their own lifetime they guard well: they add every age to their own.

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Seneca

And in the case of superior things like stars, we discover a kind of unity in separation. The higher we rise on the scale of being, the easier it is to discern a connection even among things separated by vast distances.

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Marcus Aurelius

We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

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Seneca

Be careful to leave your sons and daughters well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.

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Epictetus

Whoever chafes at the conditions dealt by fate is unskilled in the art of life; whoever bears with them nobly and makes wise use of the results is a man who deserves to be considered good.

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Epictetus

The husbandman deals with land; physicians and trainers with the body; the wise man with his own Mind.

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Epictetus

The universe, then, is God, of whom the popular gods are manifestations; while legends and myths are allegorical. The soul of man is thus an emanation from the godhead, into whom it will eventually be re-absorbed.

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Marcus Aurelius

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

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Seneca

That which takes effect by chance is not an art.

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Seneca

Freedom, you see, is having events go in accordance with our will, never contrary to it.

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Epictetus

Is then the fruit of a fig-tree not perfect suddenly and in one hour, and would you possess the fruit of a man's mind in so short a time and so easily?

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Epictetus

If the Divine is faithful, he also must be faithful; if free, he also must be free; if beneficent, he also must be beneficent; if magnanimous, he also must be magnanimous. Thus as an imitator of God must he follow Him in every deed and word.

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Epictetus

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

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Marcus Aurelius