Stoic Maxims

1. "Above all, make this your business:
learn how to feel joy."
Seneca

2. "Allow not sleep to close your wearied eyes until you have reckoned up each daytime deed."

Epictetus

3. "Although you are not yet a Socrates, you should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates."
Epictetus

4. "Anger and frustration hurt us more than the things we are annoyed about hurt us."

Marcus Aurelius

5. "At daybreak, when reluctant to rise,
have this thought ready in your mind: 'I am getting up to do a human being's work."

Marcus Aurelius

6. "Carry out each act as if it were the last of your life, freed from all randomness and passionate deviation from the rule of reason and from pretence and self-love and dissatisfaction with what has been allotted to you." 

Marcus Aurelius

7. "Come to your journey's end with a good grace, just as an olive falls when it is fully ripe, praising the earth that bore it and grateful to the tree that gave it growth."
Marcus Aurelius

8. "Does the captain of a ship manage it better by not attending?"
Epictetus

 

9. "Don't wait for Plato's Republic! Rather, be content if one tiny thing makes some progress, and reflect on the fact that what results from this tiny thing is no tiny thing at all!"
Marcus Aurelius

 

10. Every day I plead the case against myself as judge. Seneca

 

11. "Every hour focus your mind attentively on the performance of the task in hand, with dignity, human sympathy, benevolence and freedom, and leave aside all other thoughts. You will achieve this, if you perform each action as if it were your last."
Marcus Aurelius

 

12 Fate permitting.
Marcus Aurelius

 

13. "For I am not eternity, but a man: a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day. I must come like an hour, and like an hour must pass away."
Epictectus

 

14. "For why should I be afraid of any of my mistakes,
when I can say: beware of doing that again, and this time I pardon you."
Seneca

 

15. "From first to last review your acts and then
reprove yourself for wretched [or cowardly] acts, but rejoice in those done well."
Epictetus

 

16. "Happy the man who improves other people
not merely when he is in their presence but even when he is in their thoughts." 
Seneca

 

17. "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."
Epictectus

 

18. "He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt." 
Seneca

 

19. "Here and now." 
Anon

 

20. "How tiny a fragment of boundless and abysmal time has been appointed to each man! For in a moment it is
lost in eternity." 
Marcus Aurelius


21. "I am not eternal, but a human being; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day. Like an hour I must come and, like an hour, pass away." 
Epictetus

22. "If you wish to be loved, love."
Seneca

 

23. "In general, therefore, if you want to do something
make a habit of it; if you want not to do something,
refrain from doing it, and accustom yourself
to something else instead."
Epictetus

 

24. "It is in times of security that the spirit should be preparing itself to deal with difficult times." 
Seneca

 

25. "It is my good luck that, although this has happened to me, I can bear it without getting upset, neither crushed by the present nor afraid of the future." 
Marcus Aurelius

 

26. "It is not death that a man should fear. But he should fear never beginning to live." 
Marcus Aurelius

 

27. "It is possible for you to retreat into yourself whenever you please." 
Marcus Aurelius

 

28. "It is within my power to derive benefit
from every experience."
Epictetus

 

29. "It seemed so to him." 
Epictetus

 

30. "Keep before your eyes day by day death and exile,
and everything that seems catastrophic,
but most of all death; and then you will never
have any abject thought, nor will you
crave anything excessively." 
Epictetus

 

31. "Kindness is an irresistible force,
so long as it is genuine." 
Marcus Aurelius

 

32. "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."

Seneca

 

33. "Life is neither good or bad, it is the space for both good and bad." 
Seneca

 

34. "Make a decision to quit thinking of things as insulting, and you anger immediately disappears."
Marcus Aurelius

 

35. "Men have come into being for one another; so either educate them or put up with them." 
Marcus Aurelius

 

36. "My business is to use what does turn up
with diligence and skill." 
Epictetus

 

37. "No good thing is pleasant to possess, without
friends to share it. " 
Seneca

 

38. "No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be the emerald, my color undiminished."
Marcus Aurelius

 

39. "No one can stop you from undertaking action with justice, self- discipline, and practical wisdom." 
Marcus Aurelius

 

40. "No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many
a wind assails it." 
Seneca 

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