16 Stoic Quotes to Improve Your Perspective

Let these timeless quotes from three of the most popular Stoic philosophers guide you on improving your outlook and facing the challenges life presents head on. 


1. We should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?” – Epictetus

2. Whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time. The twining strands of fate wove both of them together. – Marcus Aurelius

3. We suffer more in imagination than in reality. – Seneca


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


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

6. The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. – Marcus Aurelius


7. Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one. – Marcus Aurelius


8. It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. – Seneca


9. Seek not for events to happen as you wish but rather wish for events to happen as they do and your life will go smoothly. – Epictetus


10. The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. – Marcus Aurelius


11. Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.  – Epictetus


12. While we are postponing, life speeds by. – Seneca


13. How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. – Marcus Aurelius


14. Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. – Epictetus


15. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. – Seneca


16. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. – Marcus Aurelius


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