Stoicism (IM 498)

According to the dictionary “stoicism” is the endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint. I’m in love with the stoicism. Following are my favorites stoic quotes by Epictetus:

“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems”

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

“He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.”

“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”

“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

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

“You are a little soul carrying around a corpse”

“To accuse others for one’s own misfortune is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.”

“I laugh at those who think they can damage me. They do not know who I am, they do not know what I think, they cannot even touch the things which are really mine and with which I live.”

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

“Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. 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.”


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