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There is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don't use it to free yourself it will be gone and never return. -Marcus Aurelius. Meditations.II.4 — Time is so incredibly valuable. We stare it in the face every day but refuse to treat it like money even though it is the most valuable currency we own. — Your time is yours alone and it is completely undefined. Remember to guard your time with your life because at the end of the day, your time is your life. You can replenish nearly everything else in life, but time is not one. It is finite. It is valuable. — Make the most out of your time on this earth. Be the best version of yourself you can be. Do good in the world. Make an impact, even if on one person. Use your time to your advantage. It’s the most valuable thing you have. — Follow @stoicwithin for more #stoicwithin #stoicism #marcusaurelius #meditations #philosophy #stoicphilosophy #stoic #motivation #inspiration #success #wisdom #mindset #growth #spirituality #psychology #selfimprovement #quotestoliveby #selfdevelopment

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“There are a few men whom slavery holds fast, but there are many more who hold fast to slavery.”

Seneca. Letters from a Stoic. Letter 22: On the Futility of Half-Way Measures


Do not allow others to dictate your life. If you do not realize it, and you are not true to yourself and your own needs, others can and will control you and your time.

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This is part six in our series of aphorisms by Publilius Syrus who was a big influence on Seneca and his own work. He is quoted by Seneca in two of his letters to Lucilius, On the Value of Advice and On the Philosopher’s Seclusion, both coming from his Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, known today as the Letters from a Stoic.  

If you have read Seneca’s work before, carefully study how the Syrus aphorisms have influenced him. 

Regardless of whether they have a Stoic context or not, they are nonetheless enjoyable. 

My favorite aphorisms are in bold.

The quotes are attributable to the D. Lyman translation.

To see other parts of this series, click here.

Reason guides, and not the eye, when chaste women select a husband. 

A [haughty] spirit in disgrace is a show for the rabble. 

Human reason grows rich by self-conquest. 

To know when to fear, is to be in the path of safety. 

He has existed only, not lived, who lacks wisdom in old age. 

Death laughs when old women frolic. 

Woman becomes good, when she is openly wicked. 

When the tree has fallen, any one can cut wood. 

Tension weakens the bow; the want of it, the mind.

Art avails nothing, when chance determines the issue. 


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Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills. -Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. IX.3 — If nothing else, death is a constant reminder of the value of life. Through death, we remember why life is so valuable. It is natural that we die. We cannot argue with death, we cannot fight against it. It does and will come for everyone. — But knowing that death is imminent for us all, we can learn to view death as a reminder to live. While death is scary and unknown, it is not here for you yet. You still have today. The reminder of death brings our lives into a complete picture. We understand that we will one day meet it, but are unsure of when that day will be. So in order to properly live, we must learn to accept death as a part of life. — But how do we embrace something which is so scary and painful? By living today. By realizing we have this moment. Right now. We have control over this very moment, over our very actions today. We cannot predict the future. We can only be reminded of the value of today. — In @robertgreeneofficial latest book, the #lawsofhumannature, he ends the book with a meditation on death. He speaks to the importance of death and the Stoic art of visualizing our last day on earth. He reminds us, “With this continual awareness we can see what really matters, how petty squabbles and side pursuits are irritating distractions.” — By learning to embrace the inevitable, we are able to provide greater value on the current moment. We are able to better focus on the need to stay present. We are better able to remember we have time to make the most out of our lives and still go after and achieve the things we wish to achieve. — As you go throughout your day, reflect upon your actions and determine whether or not they are benefitting you. Are you using the most valuable resource you have to the best of your ability? If not, make changes. Remember, time is limited. But you still have today. You still have right now. So use it to your advantage. Follow @stoicwithin for more www.stoicwithin.com #stoicwithin #stoicism #marcusaurelius #robertgreene #lawsofhumannature #meditations

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“To be cheerful, and to stand in no need, either of other men’s help or attendance, or of that rest and tranquillity, which thou must be beholding to others for. Rather like one that is straight of himself, or hath ever been straight, than one that hath been rectified.”

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations.III.6


Learn to be self-reliant. By being reliant upon yourself and only yourself, you will never be beholden to others or their own wishes.

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The philosophy of Stoicism is steeped in actionable advice that we can apply to nearly all aspects of our lives. There are several that have been influential on me and my development over the years.


Today’s favorite quote comes from Seneca the Younger, from letter 22 from Letters from a Stoic.

Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.

Seneca. Letters from a Stoic. Letter 22: On the Futility of Half-Measures


This quote continuously centers my thoughts on life. Often, I find myself consumed with work and life, and by doing so, am taken away from the present moment.

This quote reminds us that time is limited and that we do not need to live “richly” in order to live a good life. Our time on this earth is undefined, but regardless, is limited. Learning to make the most of your time and impacting those around you is key.



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When one maintains his proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals. -Epictetus. Discourses. I.21 — One’s attitude is one of the most important things someone has within their control. They have the ability to smile in the face of adversity or cry. They have the ability to pick themselves up by their bootstraps or stay down on the mat once something has put them there. — By learning to cultivate a good attitude in life, one can achieve nearly anything. A good attitude doesn’t let others negatively impact them. A good attitude helps one to strive against all odds. A good attitude helps one get back up after they’ve been knocked down. — Understand that how you react in life is entirely within your control. You choose when to get up and fight again. You choose how to respond to someone verbally attacking you. You choose when it is time to let something go and move on. — Having the proper attitude in life will guide you tremendously through personal growth. Through this, you will begin to see its impact on other aspects of your life. — One should work as diligently as possible to cultivate a good attitude. They should pursue it in the same way one pursues making money, or building relationships. Your attitude dictates your actions. You cannot expect to make positive results in your life with a negative attitude. — Having a proper attitude in life is one of the greatest virtues one can achieve. Learn what you need to do to have a positive attitude and takes steps to bring that new attitude into existence. Follow @stoicwithin for more. www.stoicwithin.com #stoicwithin #stoicism #epictetus #philosophy #stoicphilosophy #stoicquotes #quoteoftheday

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