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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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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. -Epictetus. Discourses. III.23 — We must take steps to achieve what we want. The biggest problem with settings goals is we make them these idealistic things but do not take the appropriate step to achieve them. — If you want something, you need to create a blueprint for how you will achieve it. Do not just say you want X or Y. Those are just words. Say you want X or Y and then prove you want it by taking action each and every day to achieve it. Follow @stoicwithin for more #stoicwithin #stoicism #epictetus #philosophyquotes #philosophy #stoicphilosophy #selfdevelopment #inspirationalquotes #wisdom
“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.
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PUBLILIUS SYRUS #51
Reason guides, and not the eye, when chaste women select a husband.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #52
A [haughty] spirit in disgrace is a show for the rabble.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #53
Human reason grows rich by self-conquest.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #54
To know when to fear, is to be in the path of safety.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #55
He has existed only, not lived, who lacks wisdom in old age.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #56
Death laughs when old women frolic.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #57
Woman becomes good, when she is openly wicked.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #58
When the tree has fallen, any one can cut wood.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #59
Tension weakens the bow; the want of it, the mind.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #60
Art avails nothing, when chance determines the issue.
“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
WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME
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.