Stoicism is a branch of philosophy said to help us live in real world and doesn’t concern itself with complex theories. It reminds us how unpredictable the world can be and how brief life is. It teaches us how to be steadfast and in control of yourself through logic and not to allow oneself to be controlled by impulsive desires or external events. Although the philosophy was developed over 2,000 years ago, it’s key insights have stood the test of time and remain as relevant as ever in a highly materialistic age of global 24 hour media coverage . Here are 13 of the most insightful quotes by it’s well-known figures, and hopefully it inspires you to want to discover more about Stoicism.

13 insightful Stoic quotes:

 

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

 

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
Epictetus

 

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.”
Epictetus

 

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Marcus Aurelius , Meditations

 

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
Epictetus

 

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ”
Epictetus

 

“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

 

“Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.”
Epicurus, A Guide To Happiness

 

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

 

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