Stoic Quotes on Life and Death

Seneca Stoic Quote: The wise man will live as long as he ought, not as long as he can.
That man lives badly who does not know how to die well.
Seneca (Letters to Serenus - On Tranquility of Mind)
I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it.
Epictetus (Discourses - Book I, 108)
The wise man will live as long as he ought, not as long as he can.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter LXX)
Let each thing you would do, say or intend be like that of a dying person.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book II, 167 A.C.E.)
No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.
Zeno of Citium (Quoted by Seneca)
For it is not death or pain that is to be feared, but the fear of pain or death.
Epictetus (Discourses, 108)
Given that all must die, it is better to die with distinction than to live long.
Gaius Musonius Rufus
You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.
Seneca (On The Shortness of Life - Chapter III)
Aurelius

You will give yourself relief, if you do every act of your life as if it were the last.

Marcus Aurelius
(Meditations - Book II, 167 A.C.E.)
Choose to die well while you can; wait too long, and it might become impossible to do so.
Gaius Musonius Rufus
Death is necessary and cannot be avoided. I mean, where am I going to go to get away from it?
Epictetus (Discourses - Book I, 108)
Death is not an evil. What is it then? The one law mankind has that is free of all discrimination.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter CXXII)
No man can escape his destiny, the next inquiry being how he may best live the time that he has to live.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book VII, 167 A.C.E.)
Before I became old I tried to live well; now that I am old, I shall try to die well; but dying well means dying gladly.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter LXI: On Meeting Death Cheerfully)
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.)
About death: Whether it is a dispersion, or a resolution into atoms, or annihilation, it is either extinction or change.
Marcus Aurelius (Meditations - Book VII, 167 A.C.E.)
We mortals also are lighted and extinguished; the period of suffering comes in between, but on either side there is a deep peace
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic)

Epictetus Stoic Quote on Life: A ship ought not to be held by one anchor...

Epictetus

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)

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