Why become a Modern Stoic?

15 quotes explaining why the Stoicism is a perfect personal philosophy

Know your freedom.

No man is free who is not master of himself.

Epictetus

Define the Circle of influence and Circle of Concern.

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

Epictetus

Here is the fancy picture that I made. Look how talented I am.
  • Where I work
  • What I buy
  • What I read
  • What skills I learn
  • What people I meet
  • My attitude towards the life
  • News
  • Economy
  • Political views of other people
  • Weather
  • Natural disasters
  • Wars, weapons, and terrorists
  • Sex lives of celebrities
  • What other people think

Develop the right attitude towards the death for once

It’s not a death that man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Marcus Aurelius

Choose discomfort. Constantly challenge yourself.

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Seneca

  • Fasting
  • Exercise
  • Taking cold showers
  • Giving public talks
  • Running
  • Getting to the top of the mountains
  • Waking up early
  • Long sessions of deep work
  • Meditations

Envision and create yourself.

First, say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus.

Embody your philosophy.

Waste no time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius

Keep company with those who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

Epictetus.

Be on a Mission

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

Seneca

  • Grow a tree. Build a house. Raise a child.
  • Love your partner. Take care of your parents. Hold dear your friends.
  • Build your business. Foster your relationships. Leave a legacy.

Be a life student.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

Seneca

Don’t try to be happy. Be happy.

The essence of philosophy is that we should live so that our happiness depends as little as possible on external causes.

Epictetus

Be present

Begin to at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

Seneca.

Take 100% responsibility

Fate leads the willing and drags along the reluctant.

Seneca

Deny materialism

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

Epictetus.

Serve to your loved ones

If you wished to be loved, love.

Seneca

Keep it light

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

Epictetus.

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