Stoicism Quotes

Your worst battle is between what you know and what you feel.
“Your worst battle is between what you know and what you feel.”
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.”
Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.
“Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.”
If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.
“If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.”
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
“Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.”
He who is brave is free.
“He who is brave is free.”
The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do.
“The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do.”
Just stick to your principles. And rest assured that, if you remain true to them, the same people who made fun of you will come to admire you.
“Just stick to your principles. And rest assured that, if you remain true to them, the same people who made fun of you will come to admire you.”
The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself.
“The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself.”
When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn't have to look outside themselves for approval.
“When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn't have to look outside themselves for approval.”
You are your choices.
“You are your choices.”
When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is.
“When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is.”
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”
Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.
“Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.”
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.”
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.
“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
“A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
“The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
It is not external events themselves that cause us distress, but the way in which we think about them... It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.
“It is not external events themselves that cause us distress, but the way in which we think about them... It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”
True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied, for he that is wants nothing.
“True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied, for he that is wants nothing.”
If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault. Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion.
“If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault. Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion.”
They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.
“They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.”
The first step: Don't be anxious. Nature controls it all.
“The first step: Don't be anxious. Nature controls it all.”
Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions, not outside.
“Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions, not outside.”
There is nothing that the busy man is less busy with than living; there is nothing harder to learn.
“There is nothing that the busy man is less busy with than living; there is nothing harder to learn.”
Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.
“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.”
A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.
“A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.”
The mind freed from passions is an impenetrable fortress - a person has no more secure place of refuge for all time.
“The mind freed from passions is an impenetrable fortress - a person has no more secure place of refuge for all time.”
But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.
“But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.”
Don't waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people - unless it affects the common good. It will keep you from doing anything useful.
“Don't waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people - unless it affects the common good. It will keep you from doing anything useful.”
The life of folly is empty of gratitude, full of anxiety: it is focused wholly on the future.
“The life of folly is empty of gratitude, full of anxiety: it is focused wholly on the future.”
Ignorance is the cause of fear.
“Ignorance is the cause of fear.”
Lay hold of today's task, and you will not need to depend so much upon tomorrow's.
“Lay hold of today's task, and you will not need to depend so much upon tomorrow's.”
All this hurrying from place to place won't bring you any relief, for you're travelling in the company of your own emotions, followed by your troubles all the way.
“All this hurrying from place to place won't bring you any relief, for you're travelling in the company of your own emotions, followed by your troubles all the way.”
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Loyalty that is bought with money, may be overcome by money.
“Loyalty that is bought with money, may be overcome by money.”
He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the universe.
“He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the universe.”
Be the master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind.
“Be the master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind.”
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.
“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.”
The essence of philosophy is that we should live so that our happiness depends as little as possible on external causes.
“The essence of philosophy is that we should live so that our happiness depends as little as possible on external causes.”
Own less stuff. Find more purpose.
“Own less stuff. Find more purpose.”
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”