Epictetus’ Promise

It begins, of course, with arguably the most cited Stoic saying in history:

“There are things which are within our power, and there are things which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own. Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and, in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs.”

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Stoicism Quotes: 410 of the Most Powerful Stoic Quotes

After working your way through both the classic and modern works on Stoicism, it's easy to forget some of your favourite extracts.

Or, if you aren't yet familiar with the Stoic philosophers, or one particular philosopher, you might be looking for a quick way to gain an insight into the way they thought.

Either way, by reading some of the following Stoicism quotes you can take a moment out of your day to reflect on your own tranquility and happiness.

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Stoicism 101

Stoicism, a Greco-Roman philosophy founded by Zeno in the 3rd century BCE, is a school of practical philosophy. It is named after the Stoa Poikele — meaning “painted porch” — where Zeno taught in Athens. Stoicism was created as a framework for everyday life. It is a philosophy that we can use to increase our happiness, productivity, patience, and love for humankind.

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