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10 Stoic Quotes on Love and Affection

The stoics are best known for their discipline, wisdom and dedication to virtue. We rarely hear about their thoughts around the topic of love and affection. With that in mind, here are a collection of 10 notable quotes on love, friendship and affection by the greatest...

40 Insightful Quotes by the Stoic Philosophers

The stoic philosophers of the ancient world were wise individuals that's for sure. The main goal of their philosophy was mostly directed towards the cultivation of virtue and the conscious detachment from no-good passions, which all mortal men were inclined with. The...

14 Powerful Stoic Quotes on Pain and Pleasure

There is something meaningful to be said about pain, pleasure and how we as humans relate to these two phenomena. Intrinsically it seems that all animals, us included, strive towards maximizing pleasure while trying to minimize pain. But what are these two things?...

Stoic Quotes on Happiness

Is happiness the goal of all life? Are all organisms and life-forms essentially trying to become "happy" or fulfilled in their own unique way? Or is happiness merely a construct of the human imagination, a concept and story that we tell ourselves to comfort ourselves...

Stoic Quotes on Time and Change

Everything is subject to change, whether we like it or not. Contemplating on the constancy of change, whether from a philosophical perspective or a spiritual, can be a great way of cutting away redundant elements present in your life. Whether in the form of bad habits...

30+ Stoic Quotes on How to Live and on Death

Life doesn't have to be all that complicated.. It doesn't have to be coloured by chronic fear and insecurity about certain aspects of existing. The main wisdom I draw from the stoic philosophers of old is that we can train ourselves to bear the difficulties and...

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.- SenecaContextThe quote is from Letter II of Seneca's seminal work "Letters from a Stoic".MeaningIf you always want more, you will always found yourself in a psychological state of lack,...

Seneca: 60 Insightful Quotes by the Stoic Philosopher

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE - 65 ACE), also known as Seneca the Younger, was a Roman statesman, dramatist and Stoic philosopher. He was chiefly known as a philosopher who taught the Stoic art of self-restraint, mainly in order to help man better navigate and cope...

Xenophon: 28 Powerful Quotes by the Greek General and Philosopher

Xenophon (430 BCE - 354 BCE) was an ancient Greek historian and soldier. He is known for his various historical writings, most notably "Anabasis" (Ἀνάβασιςs), which was an autobiographical work which describes Xenophon's experiences as one of the Ten Thousand, a group...

Epicurus: 35 Powerful Quotes by the Greek Philosopher

Epicurus (341-270 BCE) was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded the influential Epicurean school of philosophy. A philosophy whose main goal was the attainment of happiness and tranquility of mind, mainly through the absence of pain and fear, through the...
The Constancy of Change: Heraclitus

The Constancy of Change: Heraclitus

You have probably heard the statement, “Everything flows” or maybe “You can’t step into the same river twice”. Both are statements attributed to the great philosopher and mystic Heraclitus of Ephesus. If one ploughs through the surviving fragments that we have from...

The Four Elements: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water (Empedocles)

The Four Elements: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water (Empedocles)

What is the universe made of? What is the arche? Is it one singular primordial thing or is it many things? Is it water or is it fire? Earth or air? For most of the ancient pre-Socratic philosophers the fundamental reality was made out of one single substance, though...

Morality and Virtue in The Prince by Machiavelli

Morality and Virtue in The Prince by Machiavelli

What is good and is it always wise to choose virtue over vice? What if choosing to do good led to your demise, would you still do good or would you consider being cunning and maybe appear to be whatever is needed in that situation which leads to your well-being. In...

Existential Arguments Against the Scientific Paradigm

Existential Arguments Against the Scientific Paradigm

On Being and Truth: Existentialist arguments against the authority of rational thinking and the scientific paradigm The universe and our world are governed by natural laws, and these laws we as humans or more specifically the scientists among us, can discover and...

Nietzsche’s Will to Power: Explanation & Quotes

Nietzsche’s Will to Power: Explanation & Quotes

Friedrich Nietzsche's legacy is immense. Born i Röcken, Germany in 1844, he is best known for his controversial statement "God is dead!", and for his highly influential works "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and "Beyond Good and Evil". Having studied theology and philology...

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