Recently I cited well-known scientists’ contempt for philosophy. Philosophy, these scientists say, is a poor way of discovering the laws of the universe.
Ancient philosophers tried to figure out how we could all could live good lives.
Here are some quotes I and millions of others through the millennia – even some of the scientists who were contemptuous of philosophers – have found helpful, particularly in tough times. I’ve selected quotes from three of Stoicism’s greatest champions:
- Epictetus, the Greek philosopher who was born a slave;
- Seneca, the Roman statesman and dramatist; and
- Marcus Aurelius, one of Rome’s greatest emperors. Marcus Aurelius never intended his private Stoic writings to be published – he willed they should be destroyed after his death. His orders were disobeyed after his executors realized the great philosphical value of his writings.
Quotes from Great Stoic Philosophers
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