Stoic quotes to strive for in life.

Marcus Aurelius

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. —Marcus Aurelius
If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it. —Marcus Aurelius
External things are not the problem. It’s your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now. —Marcus Aurelius
Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. —Marcus Aurelius
The best revenge is not to be like your enemy. —Marcus Aurelius
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. —Marcus Aurelius
The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts. —Marcus Aurelius
You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone. —Marcus Aurelius
You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. —Marcus Aurelius


No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have. —Seneca
People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy. —Seneca
If a man knows not which port he sails, no wind is favorable. —Seneca
How does it help…to make troubles heavier by bemoaning them? —Seneca
A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. —Seneca
If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person. —Seneca
Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realise how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them. —Seneca
Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future. —Seneca
If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according to what others think, you will never be rich. —Seneca


I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid. —Cato


Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it. —Epictetus
How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself? —Epictetus
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. —Epictetus
Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself —Epictetus
Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him. —Epictetus

Zeno of Citium

Well-being is realized by small steps, but is truly no small thing. —Zeno
We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say. —Zeno
Man conquers the world by conquering himself. —Zeno
The goal of life is living in agreement with Nature. —Zeno

Victor Frankl

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. —Viktor Frankl

Martha Nussbaum

Knowledge is no guarantee of good behavior, but ignorance is a virtual guarantee of bad behavior. —Martha Nussbaum