Three Quotes To Help Answer Stoicism’s Two Big Life Questions

Stoicism, which spread throughout the Roman and Greek world until around the 3rd century AD, is a type of philosophy that focuses on personal ethics and how you can live your best life. Alongside the positive trends of mindfulness and self-awareness, many of the principles of Stoicism have come back into relevance as of late.

The Stoics (most well-known being: Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus) spent their time trying to find answers to the two major life questions below:

1. How can we lead a fulfilling, happy life?
​2. How can we become better human beings?


Here are 3 of my favorite Stoic quotes (without commentary) that help serve as a guide to these questions:

“If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Failure to observe what is in the mind of another has seldom made a man unhappy; but those who do not observe the movements of their own minds must of necessity be unhappy. – Marcus Aurelius

“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.” – Seneca

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