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Virtue is the health of the soul.
Aristo of Chios (Fragment)
A good mind is a lord of a kingdom.
Seneca (Thyestes)
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108 A.D)
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book X, 167 A.C.E.)
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic)
A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope.
Epictetus (Quoted in All the Works of Epictetus - Fragment, 1758)
If I had followed the multitude, I should not have studied philosophy.
Chrysippus (Quoted by Diogenes Laërtius in The Lives: Book 7)
No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter II: On the Terrors of Death)
The universe itself is God and the universal outpouring of its soul.
Chrysippus (Quoted by Cicero in De Natura Deorum)
Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book II, 167 A.C.E.)
This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole, and what is my nature.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book II, 167 A.C.E.)

Seneca Quote: What is harder than rock? what is softer than water?...
What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water?
Seneca (Natural Questions)
Living virtuously is equal to living in accordance with one's experience of the actual course of nature.
Chrysippus (Quoted by Diogenes Laërtius in The Lives: Book 7)
Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things.
Epictetus (Enchiridion, 135)
Wait for death with a cheerful mind. For it is according to nature, and nothing is evil which is according to nature.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book II, 167 A.C.E.)
He who is free in the body, but bound in the soul is a slave; but on the contrary he who is bound in the body, but free in the soul, is truly free.
Epictetus (Fragment of the Lost Books of Epictetus)
One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.
Zeno of Citium (Quoted by Diogenes Laërtius in The Lives: Book 7)
It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.
Seneca (On The Shortness of Life - Chapter I)
No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
He who has equipped himself for the whole of life does not need to be advised concerning each separate thing, because he is now trained to meet his problem as a whole; for he knows not merely how he should live with his wife or his son, but how he should live aright.
Aristo of Chios (Quoted by Seneca's Epistles)
If melodiously piping flutes sprang from the olive, would you doubt that a knowledge of flute-playing resided in the olive? And what if plane trees bore harps which gave forth rhythmical sounds? Clearly you would think in the same way that the art of music was possessed by plane trees. Why, then, seeing that the universe gives birth to beings that are animate and wise, should it not be considered animate and wise itself?
Zeno of Citium (Quoted by Cicero)
Death is a release from and an end of all pains: beyond it our sufferings cannot extend: it restores us to the peaceful rest in which we lay before we were born. If anyone pities the dead, he ought also to pity those who have not been born. Death is neither a good nor a bad thing, for that alone which is something can be a good or a bad thing: but that which is nothing, and reduces all things to nothing, does not hand us over to either fortune, because good and bad require some material to work upon. Fortune cannot take ahold of that which Nature has let go, nor can a man be unhappy if he is nothing.
Seneca (Of Consolation, To Marcia)
What then is that which is able to conduct a man? One thing and only one, philosophy. But this consists in keeping the daemon within a man free from violence and unharmed, superior to pains and pleasures, doing nothing without purpose, nor yet falsely and with hypocrisy, not feeling the need of another man's doing or not doing anything; and besides, accepting all that happens, and all that is allotted, as coming from thence, wherever it is, from whence he himself came; and, finally, waiting for death with a cheerful mind, as being nothing else than a dissolution of the elements of which every living being is compounded. But if there is no harm to the elements themselves in each continually changing into another, why should a man have any apprehension about the change and dissolution of all the elements? For it is according to nature, and nothing is evil which is according to nature.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book II, 167 A.C.E.)


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