Category Archives: Favorite Stoic Quotes

FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Epictetus)

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.

FAVORITE QUOTE

Today’s favorite quote comes from Epictetus, as transcribed by one of his students, Arrian, in book II of the Discourses.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

Epictetus. Discourses. II.17

WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME

This quote is an arrow straight to ego’s heart. Often in life, as we go through life and learn, we begin to feed our ego as we become more intelligent with the more we learn. But this quote always helps to center me and remind me that there is always more to learn. And the best way to learn is to be open to understanding that I do not know everything. Once you supplant the ego and you take on the mind of a child, eager to learn even if you think you already know, you are opening the doors to a deeper discovery of knowledge.

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FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Epictetus)

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.

FAVORITE QUOTE

Today’s favorite quote comes from Epictetus and his Discourses composed by his student, Arrian.

First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus. Discourses. II.XXIII

WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME

This quote is a constant reminder to take action. Do not debate. Do not hesitate. Pick your course. Decide what you want. Decide what you want to be. Once you do that, go after it. Do not debate and waste time. Do not argue. Just go and do work in pursuit of your goal.

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FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Seneca)

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.

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Today’s favorite quote comes from Seneca the Younger, from his essay, On the Shortness of Life.

It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing.

Seneca. On the Shortness of Life. I.

WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME

So often in life, we are wrapped up in non-essential tasks. It could be in relation to our personal lives or in business. It could be spending time on social media or browsing through emails, or just wasting time watching TV. And then, we get to the end of the day, or week, or month and complain we didn’t have enough time for X, Y, or Z. But Seneca reminds us that we have plenty of time. We have time to do good and accomplish all we want. We just have to remember the importance of time and utilize it to our advantage. I often refer back to this quote time and time again if I feel like I am not being as productive as I need to be and then begin to analyze things within my life I have wasted too much time on.

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FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Marcus Aurelius)

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.

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Today’s favorite quote comes from Marcus Aurelius from book V of his Meditations.

Soon you’ll be ashes or bones. A mere name at most—and even that is just a sound, an echo. The things we want in life are empty, stale, trivial.

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. V.33

WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME

The quote is a constant reminder about how short time is and how the things we worry most about are not worth the worrying. Marcus’s reminder that the things we want, fame, success, a big house, they’re all trivial. Yes, they help to provide padding and comfort to our lives, but as he later states in the Meditations, all one truly needs for a good life is already within themselves.

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FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Epictetus)

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.

FAVORITE QUOTE

Today’s favorite quote comes from Epictetus and the Discourses curated by his student, Arrian.

Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.

Epictetus. Discourses. Book I. Chapter 12.

WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME

It all comes back to our principles, the ground-level of our thinking. Everything else is built from this and the quote is a great reminder to me about centering myself back to the foundations of reason.

FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Seneca)

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.

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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.

FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Marcus Aurelius)

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.

FAVORITE QUOTE

Today’s favorite quote comes from Marcus Aurelius from book X of his Meditations.

Put an end once for all to this discussion of what a good man should be, and be one.

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. X.16

WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME

This is one of those quotes that hits you right in the gut. Too often we find ourselves wrapped up in arguing with people about what it means to do the right thing, or what the right thing is. Marcus’s wisdom gets right to the point. Stop arguing about these trivial things, show them through your actions.

It is a great reminder to me about not getting stuck in the minutia of things and to just get right to work. We can argue all day and night about what being a good man is. But at the end of the day, if you want to have a convincing argument about what a good man, or person should be, show it through your actions.