Have you heard about stoicism, one of the 4 main philosophical principles? It’s ancient school of philosophy in Ancient Greece from the Hellenistic period (early 3rd century BC) that helps people overcome the challenges of daily life.

It is all about the quality of your thoughts: it’s realizing we can’t always be in complete control, especially when it comes to external events, but we can control how we react to them and then live a happy life.

In other words, it means you are in charge of the happiness of your life even when facing a hard time.  

So, now that we understand better the power of the mind and if you’re ready to enhance your mindfulness practice, take a look at the best stoic quotes for a better life! Pick your favorite stoic quote to help you overcome difficult times and enjoy inner peace and a virtuous life.

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If you want to follow the philosophy of stoicism, keep reading for the best quotes!
  1. “Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” — Epictetus
  2. “No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.” — Seneca
  3. “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.” — Seneca
  4. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” — Marcus Aurelius
  5. “Be stoic: Just do the right thing. Just keep going.” — Maxime Lagacé
  6. “To be stoic is not to be emotionless, but to remain unaffected by your emotions.” — James Pierce
  7. “Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” — Marcus Aurelius
  8. “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” – Epictetus
  9. “That’s why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.” — Epictetus
  10. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”― Marcus Aurelius
  11. “Warriors should suffer their pain silently.” — Erin Hunter
  12. “Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.”― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
  13. “Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.”― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
  14. “I hear my silence talked of in every lane; The suppression of a cry is itself a cry of pain.”― Darshan Singh
  15. “Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: some things are within our control, and some things are not.” — Epictetus
  16. “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius
  17. “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” — Tony Robbins
  18. “Don’t live in the past, don’t ponder about the future, stay at the PRESENT moment NOW… always.” — Mark Twain
  19. “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” — Dale Carnegie
  20. “Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.” — William D. Hoard
  21. “If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death.” — Alan Watts
  22. “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” — Dale Carnegie
  23. “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” — John Lennon
  24. “There is as much greatness of mind in the owning of a good turn as in the doing of it; and we must no more force a requital out of season than be wanting in it.” —Seneca
  25. “If you admit to having derived great pleasures, your duty is not to complain about what has been taken away but to be thankful for what you have been given…” — Seneca
  26. “Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what’s left and live it properly.” — Marcus Aurelius
  27. “The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and perturbations; to understand and do our duties to God and man, and to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future.” — Seneca
  28. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  29. “When you give your items away, don’t keep the excess of your pride.” — Bremer Acosta
  30. “Thoroughly convinced of the impossibility of his own suit, a high resolve constrained him not to injure that of another. This is a lover’s most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover’s most venial sin.” — Thomas Hardy
  31. “The good and the bad occur at all times and will keep happening. We can become lost if we go with the hype of ‘good and bad’ every time.” — Tiisetso Maloma
  32. “Your fate has not been written until you pick up a pen.” — Dean Bokhari
  33. “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” — Plato
  34. “It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.” — Seneca
  35. “No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” — Epictetus
  36. “You will find no one willing to share out his money; but to how many does each of us divide up his life!” — Seneca
  37. “You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.” — Seneca
  38. “But for me every omen is favourable for I want it to be so; for whatever may come about, it is within my power to derive benefit from it.” — Epictetus
  39. “In each action that you undertake, consider what comes before and what follows after, and only then proceed to the action itself.” — Epictetus
  40. “Mastery of reading and writing requires a master. Still more so life.” — Marcus Aurelius
  41. “It can ruin your life only if it ruins your character. Otherwise it cannot harm you—inside or out.” — Marcus Aurelius
  42. “Choose not to be harmed—and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.” — Marcus Aurelius
  43. “The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself.”— Robert Greene
  44. “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.” — Viktor Frankl
  45. “Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.” — Zeno of Citium
  46. “Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself what is important this very second.” — Greg McKeown
  47. “People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective.” —Charles Bukowski, ‘Women.’
  48. “Sometimes in life we must fight not only without fear, but also without hope.”— Alessandro Pertini.
  49. “Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there.” — Stephen Chbosky, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’
  50. “Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious.”— Carl Sagan, ‘Cosmos.’
  51. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Viktor Frankl.
  52. “If it does, you have failed to practice your virtues by going with the hype of pain.” — Tiisetso Maloma.
  53. “To be evenminded is the greatest virtue.”— Heraclitus.
  54. “Problems only exist in the human mind.”— Anthony de Mello.
  55. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” —James Allen.
  56. “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” — William Barclay.
  57. “To be even-minded is the greatest virtue.” — Heraclitus
  58. “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” — Voltaire
  59. “Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life.” — Robert Greene
  60. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” — Maya Angelou
  61. “The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” — Dalai Lama
  62. “If you lose self-control everything will fall.” — John Wooden
  63. “Move toward resistance and pain.” — Robert Greene
  64. “Discomfort is a wise teacher.” — Caroline Myss
  65. “No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.” — Alan Watts
  66. “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” — Epicurus
  67. “The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable.” — Conor McGregor
  68. “You must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  69. “We begin to lose our hesitation to do immoral things when we lose our hesitation to speak of them.” — Zeno
  70. “I practice stoic philosophy. As a human being, you may have emotions, but these don’t need to affect your soul. The two are not one.” — Daphne Guinness
  71. “Think progress, not perfection.” — Ryan Holiday
  72. “You don’t control the situation, but you control what you think about it.” — Ryan Holiday
  73. “Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” — Napoleon Hill
  74. “The most effective way to understand the dissonance between our thoughts about reality and reality itself is to consider how many times we’ve felt like our world is ending and how many times it actually has.” — Daniel V Chappell
  75. “Belief in God and a future life makes it possible to go through life with less of stoic courage than is needed by skeptics.” — Bertrand Russell
  76. “A stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  77. “A consciousness of wrongdoing is the first step to salvation…you have to catch yourself doing it before you can correct it.” — Seneca the Younger
  78. “From forty to fifty a man is at heart either a stoic or a satyr.” — Arthur Wing Pinero
  79. “The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.” — D. H. Lawrence
  80. “Let a stoic open the resources of man, and tell men they are not leaning willows, but can and must detach themselves; that with the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  81. “It made Costis wonder for the first time just how much the stoic man really wants to hide when he unsuccessfully pretends not to be in pain.” — Megan Whalen Turner
  82. “Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.” — Epictetus
  83. “Stoicism is not so much an ethic as it is a paradoxical recipe for happiness.” — Paul Veyne
  84. “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” — Rumi
  85. “No human thing is of serious importance.” — Plato
  86. “A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.” — Naval Ravikant
  87. “Success is based off of your willingness to work your ass off no matter what obstacles are in your way.” — David Goggins
  88. “A nation is born stoic, and dies epicurean.” — Will Durant
  89. “It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential. The closer to the source, the less wastage there is.” — Bruce Lee
  90. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” — James Allen
  91. “The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do.” — Marcus Aurelius
  92. “A Bad Feeling Is A Commotion Of The Mind Repugnant To Reason And Against Nature.” — Zeno
  93. “No Man Can Escape His Destiny, The Next Inquiry Being How He May Best Live The Time That He Has To Live.” — Marcus Aurelius
  94. “Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.“ — Plato
  95. “To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony.”— Marcus Aurelius
  96. “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” — Marcus Aurelius
  97. “Happiness is not found in living a safe and secure life, but in taking risks and facing challenges.” — Diogenes
  98. “It is the upright mind that holds true sovereignty. — Seneca
  99. “Without courage, the disciplined pursuit of less is just lip service. — Greg McKeown
  100. “Common man’s patience will bring him more happiness than common man’s power.” — Amit Kalantri
  101. “Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions—not outside.” — Marcus Aurelius
  102. “Once anger starts carrying us away, it is hard to get back again into a healthy condition.” —[Seneca, A1.8]
  103. “Having a peaceful and undisturbed mind, dependent on only yourself.” — [Epictetus D4.4]
  104. “If any of these things you studied and learned prove useful to you in your actions, be joyful.” —[Epictetus D4.4]
  105. “It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it.” — Seneca
  106. “Make the mind tougher by exposing it to adversity.” — Robert Greene
  107. “Keep your intention pure. Emotions will try to distract you. So keep going. That’s the cure.” — Maxime Lagacé
  108. “Life without love would be a strange thing. But don’t be surprised if you get burned.” — Maxime Lagacé
  109. “Welcome if it comes. Let go if it goes. Chase nothing. Cling to nothing. Remain unconcerned.” — Anonymous
  110. “Stoicism is designed to be medicine for the soul.” — Ryan Holiday
  111. “Stoicism and silence does not serve us nor our communities, only the forces of things as they are.” — Audre Lorde
  112. “The mob is the mother of tyrants.” — Diogenes
  113. “You could not step twice into the same river.” — Heraclitus
  114. “We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we speak.” — Zeno
  115. “Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling.” — Cleanthes
  116. “Let your desires be ruled by reason.” — Cicero
  117. “Only by exhibiting actions in harmony with the sound words which he has received will anyone be helped by philosophy.” — Musonius Rufus
  118. “Humanity must seek what is NOT simple and obvious using the simple and obvious.” — Musonius Rufus
  119. “That man lives badly who does not know how to die well.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  120. “It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.” — Socrates
  121. “They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.” — Seneca
  122. “An aristocratic culture does not advertise its emotions. In its forms of expression it is sober and reserved. Its general attitude is stoic.” — Johan Huizinga
  123. “I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.” — Cato
  124. “Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.” — Shannon L. Alder
  125. “Only the educated are free.” — Epictetus
  126. “As a stoic I must despise injury or, rather, I must not feel it, must not be affected by it so that it cannot violate the freedom of my soul.” — Alexandra David-Neel
  127. “He has the most who is content with the least.” — Diogenes
  128. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.” — Marcus Aurelius
  129. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius
  130. “The best answer to anger is silence.” — Marcus Aurelius
  131. “The great law of nature is that it never stops. There is no end.” — Ryan Holiday
  132. “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” — Marcus Aurelius
  133. “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
  134. “Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.” — Epictetus
  135. “You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.” — Seneca
  136. “You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed.” — Seneca
  137. It is not that we have a short life, but that we waste a lot of it — Seneca
  138.  The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. — Seneca

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