Zeno of Citium

"Steel your sensibilities, so that life shall hurt you as little as possible."

"Follow where reason leads."

"Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue."

"We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say."


"Lead me, Zeus, and you, Fate, wherever you have assigned me. I shall follow without hesitation; but even if I am disobedient and do not wish to, I shall follow no less surely."


"Thought is the foundation of speech."


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

"Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them."

"Every person must deal with each thing according to the opinion that he holds about it."

Marcus Aurelius

"Nothing happens to any man which he is not framed by nature to bear."

"It is in our power to refrain from any opinion about things and not to be disturbed in our souls; for things in themselves have no natural power to force our judgements."

"How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life."


"The point is, not how long you live, but how nobly you live."

"Let Nature deal with matter, which is her own, as she pleases; let us be cheerful and brave in the face of everything, reflecting that it is nothing of our own that perishes."

"Virtue is nothing else than right reason."