30 Stoic Quotes

The definition of a stoic person is someone who can endure hardship or pain without complaining outwardly. Several people including myself strive to be these people.

These quotes will inspire you to be less of a complainer and more of a doer. Hardworking stoic people are the most successful in completing their goals. They know what they want and don’t let anything stop them from doing it, no matter how painful.

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1. “People hide their truest nature. I understood that; I even applauded it. What sort of world would it be if people bled all over the sidewalks, if they wept under trees, smacked whomever they despised, kissed strangers, revealed themselves?” ― Alice Hoffman

2. “To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.” ―  Zen proverb

3. We should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?” — Epictetus 

4. “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” ― Seneca

5. “External thinks are not the problem. It’s your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now.” – Marcus Aurelius

6. “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

7. “Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” – Marcus Aurelius

8. “Make the mind tougher by exposing it to adversity.” – Robert Greene

9. “Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too.” ― Marcus Aurelius

10. “Cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, never to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases, treating her as if she were actually going to do everything it is in her power to do. Whatever you have been expecting for some time comes as less of a shock.” — Seneca

11. “I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived – and dying I will tend to later.” —  Epictetus

12. “It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.” – Marcus Aurelius

13. “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” — Marcus Aurelius

14. “Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.” —  Socrates

15. “If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.” —  Joe Rogan

16. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.” – Marcus Aurelius

17. “He who fears death will never do anything worth of a man who is alive.” – Seneca

18. “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” – Epictetus

19. “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.” – Viktor Frankl

20. “The willing are led by fate, the reluctant dragged.” — Cleanthes

21. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” — Seneca

22. “Problems only exist in the human mind.” — Anthony de Mello

23. “Keep your intention pure. Emotions will try to distract you. So keep going. That’s the cure.” — Maxime Lagacé

24. “Be so busy building your own life that other people’s bullshit is of no concern.” — Ed Latimore

25. “Difficulty is what wakes up the genius.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

26. “Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing.”― Nora Roberts

27. “For those who follow nature, everything is easy and straightforward, whereas for those who fight against her life is just like rowing against the stream.” – Seneca

28. “All vices are at odds with nature.” – Seneca

29. “The most common act of violence is the relentless mental violence we perpetrate upon ourselves with nothing other than our thoughts.” – Bill Madden

30. “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

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