Stoicism, quotations from Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca


In the life of the individual man, virtue is the sole good; such things as health, happiness, possessions, are of no account. Since virtue resides in the will, everything really good or bad in a man’s life depends only upon himself. He may become poor, but what of it? He can still be virtuous. A tyrant may put him in prison, but he can still persevere in living in harmony with Nature. He may be sentenced to death, but he can die nobly, like Socrates. Therefore every man has perfect freedom, provided he emancipates himself from mundane desires.

– Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy (254)

Source for quotes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism#Stoic_quotations

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