I have always like the Stoic philosophy because it is about individual responsibility and choice - and the ability to endure. Stoicism is a pursuit of self-mastery and wisdom. Many of history's greatest minds including people like George Washington sought out the philosophy and studied it. It is also interesting how many of the same philosophies exist in the Bible, especially in Proverbs.
We would all do well to follow some of the Stoic philosophy in our lives. Here are 10 quotes to make you think from top Stoics.
Settle on the type of person you want to be and stick to it, whether alone or in company.
Man conquers the world by conquering himself.
We begin to lose our hesitation to do immoral things when we lose our hesitation to speak of them. - Musonius Rufus
The mob is the mother of tyrants... - Diogenes
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
No great thing is created suddenly. - Epictetus
Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms, you will be able to use them better when you are older. - Seneca
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