Stoicism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old stoicism quotes, stoicism sayings, and stoicism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

In a little while you will have forgotten everything; in a little while everything will have forgotten you. Marcus Aurelius
Sometimes in life we must fight not only without fear, but also without hope. Alessandro Pertini
Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing. Nora Roberts
We suffer more in imagination than in reality. Seneca
Death remembered should be like a mirror, Who tells us life's but breath, to trust it error. William Shakespeare
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. Epictetus
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. William Barclay
It is more necessary for the soul to be cured than the body; for it is better to die than to live badly. Epictetus
If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it. Marcus Aurelius
The stoicism that comes of endurance has something of death in it. Mary Catherwood
Progress daily in your own uncertainty. Live in awareness of the questions. Bremer Acosta
The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain. Colin Wilson
What's the good of being stoical if nobody notices? Mason Cooley
Choose not to be harmed and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed and you haven't been. Marcus Aurelius
Some of the best things that have ever happened to us wouldn't have happened to us, if it weren't for some of the worst things that have ever happened to us. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The critics could never mortify me out of heart, because I love poetry for its own sake, and, tho' with no stoicism and some ambition, care more for my poems than for my poetic reputation. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Stoicism and silence does not serve us nor our communities, only the forces of things as they are. Audre Lorde
The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Marcus Aurelius
It is not the man who has too little that is poor, but the one who hankers after more. Seneca
The basic philosophy of stoicism is that you have nothing real external to your own consciousness, that the only thing real is in fact your consciousness. Roger Avary
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Albert Einstein
When you give your items away, don't keep the excess of your pride. Bremer Acosta
Whoever has nothing to hope, let him despair of nothing. Seneca
Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom. Bergen Evans
Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one. Marcus Aurelius
Warriors should suffer their pain silently. Erin Hunter
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. Viktor Frankl
Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We've been using them not because we needed them but because we had them. Seneca
It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. Seneca
Stoicism is about the domestication of emotions, not their elimination. Nassim Nicholas Taleb