Top Ten Stoicism Quotes

Stoicism is a type of philosophy that allows you to accept and appreciate the things in life, makes you more resilient to your emotions, and thus improving the logical and morals of your views in the world, your overall wellbeing included. It transforms you how the way you view, and live your life. When it comes to stoicism, it's best to practice following those quotes provided in this list in a daily basis in order to achieve those benefits.
The Top Ten
1 If you are ever tempted to look for outside approval, realize that you have compromised your own integrity. If you need a witness, be your own. - Epictetus

If you know yourself well, it's sometimes best to self-assess rather than seek validation or approval from others. You can do all the work without needing recognition from others.

Following this mindset may hurt at first, but if you put in the effort, at least you did it. Some people shy away from putting any effort into their goals because they are scared of the results.

Keeping this mindset will maintain your confidence high without relying on the praise or validation of others.

2 It is unrealistic to expect people to see you as you see yourself. - Epictetus

This quote is saying you can't force people to change their opinions to align with your satisfaction. People will always have unique viewpoints in life.

3 Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. - Plato

People work at different paces, but that doesn't mean you should rush them, as that leaves many unintended consequences. Sometimes, it's better to go slow because it leaves more time to consider what you're doing.

As the old saying goes: Slow and steady.

4 It never ceases to amaze me, we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than their own. - Marcus Aurelius

You don't have to allow negative opinions to affect any part of your life.

While learning from other opinions and experiences is interesting and can provide useful insights, it's better to dismiss them from your mind. That way, you will feel freer and more confident in what you do.

How ironic to include this item on this list, considering that 99% of this website is entirely opinionated.

5 Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. - Epicurus

In short, you should be grateful for what you have right now.

6 If it is not right, do not do it. If it is not true, do not say it. - Marcus Aurelius

This is common sense that not many people can follow.

7 A man who suffers more before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. - Seneca

This quote is similar to the one that says, "We suffer more often in imagination than in reality." It reminds us not to worry about the future.

If a person worries about failure and then fails, they experience the feeling of failure twice.

To sum up this quote, don't wait for the future to be what you want it to be. Instead, appreciate what's going on in the present.

8 We suffer more often in imagination than reality. - Seneca

This quote is saying not to worry or speculate about the future, especially when it involves negative thoughts. Instead, it's better to focus on the present.

Unfortunately, many people tend to do the opposite.

9 You are scared of dying, and tell me, is the kind of life you lead any different than being dead? - Seneca

Sadly, many people fear the inevitable event called "death." But not many realize that death is natural and part of the life cycle.

Instead of fearing this future event, ask yourself how you live your life. There are many opportunities available, and for most people, there's still plenty of time to figure things out.

The fear of death is instinctively programmed into our minds, which is why so many people tend to fear it, as it's often associated with agony.

10 Wealth consists not having great possessions, but in having few wants. - Epictetus

Moderating your wants is perfectly fine, unless they become obsessive to the point that they negatively affect your finances and life.

It's better to save and spend money on what you need rather than on trendy material things that aren't essential.

The Contenders
11 You have power on your own mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius

For anyone needing clarity, don't try to control what cannot be controlled.

12 Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One. - Marcus Aurelius
13 External things are not the problem. It's your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now - Marcus Aurelius
14 Be tolerant of others and strict with yourself - Marcus Aurelius
15 If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. - Epictetus
16 Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. - Marcus Aurelius

The best way to deal with death is to accept it and "smile back."

17 Every man must decide for himself whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of selfish destructiveness. - Martin Luther King Jr
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