Chrysippus on Theft

“So in life it is not unfair for one to seek for himself what may accrue to his benefit; but it is not right to take it from another.”

~ Chrysippus

Seneca on Fate

“Fate leads the willing and drags along the reluctant.”

~ Seneca

Marcus Aurelius on Equanimity

“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Epictetus on Reputation

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

~ Epictetus

Epictetus on Failings

“When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”

~ Epictetus

Seneca on Worrying

“He who indulges empty fears earns himself real fears.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Worrying

“A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Living Well

“Men do not care how nobly they live, but only for how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.”

~ Seneca

Zeno on Life

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”

~ Zeno of Citium

Epictetus on Desires

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

~ Epictetus

Mark Twain on Goodness

“Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.”

~ Mark Twain

Zeno on Happiness

“Happiness is a good flow of life.”

~ Zeno of Citium

Seneca on Worrying

“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Achievement

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via” – “There is no easy way from the earth to the stars”

~ Seneca

Epictetus on Power

“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.”

~ Epictetus

Marcus Aurelius on Thought

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Seneca on Quality of Life

“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”

~ Seneca

Epictetus on Happiness

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should live so that his happiness depends as little as possible from external causes”

~ Epictetus

Seneca on Accomplishment

“Nothing is more disgraceful than that an old man should have nothing to show to prove that he has lived long, except his years.”

~ Seneca

Cato the Younger on Vice

“Old age has deformities enough of its own. – It should never add to them the deformity of vice”

~ Cato the Younger

Seneca on Silence

“It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence”

~ Seneca

Epictetus on Freedom

“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else”

~ Epictetus

Dylan Thomas on Work

“He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.”

~ Dylan Thomas

Emerson on Life

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

~ Emerson

Kurt Vonnegut on Weakness

“My soul knows my meat is doing bad things, and is embarrassed. But my meat just keeps right on doing bad, dumb things.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut