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From Vol. 4, Issue 5, May 2022

Stoic quotes for every day of the month

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1 – A healthy person drinks and her thirst is gone. But a sick person feels all right for a while, feels nauseous, turns water into bile, vomits, bellyaches, and is even thirstier than before. It is much the same to have money and yet crave it, have power and yet crave it – there will be jealousy, fear of loss, shameful words, thoughts, and deeds. [Epictetus D4.9]

2 – Speak in the right tone, without trying to impress, whether you are speaking in public or to someone in particular. Speak plainly. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.30]

3 – A penalty is more potent if it is carried out without rage. [Seneca, A1.15]

4 – You should know there is nothing more flexible than the human mind. You only to have to will a thing; it happens, and it is set right. On the other hand, you only have to doze off and all is lost. Both destruction and deliverance come from within. [Epictetus D4.9]

5 – Everything you do should contribute to a cohesive life. Be happy if everything you do achieves its goal. No one can stop that. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.32]

6 – When punishment is the result of deliberate judgment, it has the power to reform. [Seneca, A1.16]

7 – Instead of shameless, you will become self-respecting. Instead of faithless, you will be trustworthy; instead of self-indulgent, selfcontrolled. If you are looking for anything greater than these things, go on acting as you do now. Even God can no longer save you. [Epictetus D4.9]

8 – If you face frustration with good grace and are sensible enough to accept what comes along, you may find an alternative course that is equally consistent with the cohesive life [Marcus Aurelius, M8.32]

9 – A good judge condemns unlawful acts but does not hate the offender. [Seneca, A1.16]

10 – If you always want to fulfil your desire, and always avoid what you do not want, do not desire anything that is not your own and do not be put off by anything that is not under your control. [Epictetus D4.9]

11 – Receive with humility. Let it go gracefully. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.33]

12 – We don’t need external weapons. Nature has trained us sufficiently by giving us a reason. It has given us a weapon that is strong and durable. [Seneca, A1.17]

13 – Don’t ask me anymore ‘How will it turn out?’ However it turns out, you will make good use of it and the outcome will be a blessing for you. [Epictetus D4.10]

14 – Have you seen a severed hand or foot or head? That’s what you are trying to do to yourself when you refuse to accept what happens, try to break away from society, or act selfishly. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.34]

15 – Reason by itself is enough – not just to take care of the future, but to manage our affairs as well. [Seneca, A1.17]

16 – What would you want to be doing when death finds you? As far as I am concerned, I would wish it to be something suitable for a human being, some charitable, public spirited, or noble action. [Epictetus D4.10]

17 – Nature uses every obstacle, every opposition, and works around it and makes it a part of itself; so too, a rational being can turn each setback as material to be used to achieve their goal. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.35]

18 – Anger begins as a powerful blast but gets tired too soon and loses steam. [Seneca, A1.7]

19 – This is the nature of things: Nothing can be had without paying the price. [Epictetus D4.10]

20 – Don’t try to imagine everything bad that could happen. Rather, as you face each one, ask yourself, “What is so unbearable or intolerable about this?” You’ll be embarrassed to answer. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.36]

21 – Anger starts aggressively, like snakes when aroused from their den. Their teeth are venomous at first but become harmless when repeated bites exhaust their poison. [Seneca, A1.17]

22 – Be satisfied with those things that are under your control. Make the best you can of them. As for the rest, let them be as their master pleases. [Epictetus D4.10]

23 – Remember, it is neither the past nor the future that’s weighing you down. It’s only the present – even its effect can be minimized. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.36]

24 – Reason wants to give a just decision; anger wants its verdict to be seen as just. [Seneca, A1.18]

25 – If you wish for anything that is not your own, what is really your own will be lost. [Epictetus D4.11]

26 – As Crito, the philosopher says, “If you have eyes to see, then see clearly.” [Marcus Aurelius, M8.38]

27 – The sword of justice is in the wrong hands with an angry person. [Seneca, A1.19]

28 – The first and the highest purity is what develops in the mind. [Epictetus D4.11]

29 – In the way human beings are made, I see no virtue placed in them to counter justice, but I see one to counter the love of pleasure: selfcontrol. [Marcus Aurelius, M8.29]

30 – [Anger] is like a disease that cause bodies to swell with unhealthy fluids. It’s not growth but a bloating of the body. [Seneca, A1.15]

31 – What is it, then, that makes the mind dirty and impure in these actions? Nothing other than its bad judgments. So, the impurity of the mind consists of its bad judgments, and the purity of mind consists of creating within it the right judgments. [Epictetus D4.11]

D: Discourses. M: Meditations. A: On Anger