Use these text passages from Stoic philosophers such as Seneca, Epictetus and the Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius (CE 121-180) to compare to your own daily thoughts and Stoic practice.

Someone asked Epictetus’ advice on how to get his brother to stop being on bad terms with him. Epictetus - Disc I-15
Can there be anything, then, in this happening which prevents you from being just, high-minded, self-controlled... Marcus Aurelius Med IV-49-2
Let us too overcome all things, with our reward consisting not in any wreath or garland... but in moral worth... Seneca - Letter VI
What we can do is adopt a noble spirit, such a spirit as befits a good man, so that we may bear up bravely under all that fortune sends us Seneca - Letter CVII
The true man is revealed in difficult times. Epictetus - The Discourses
How delightful the sleep that follows this self-examination -- Seneca - On Anger III xxxvi Loeb Classical Library Transl - John Basore
Nature, all that your seasons bring is fruit to me. Penguin Classics The Inner Citadel Marcus Aurelius – Med IV 23 & X 21 Transl Hadot & Chase Transl Martin Hammond
The spectacle of Cato Seneca - On Providence II 9
From Apollonius: moral freedom Transl. Martin Hammond Penguin Classics Marcus Aurelius – Med I-8
It is bad luck that this has happened to me. Marcus Aurelius - Med IV-49
Do not come back to philosophy as a schoolboy to tutor Marcus Aurelius - Med V-9
‘What progress have I made? I am beginning to be my own friend.’ Seneca - Letter VI-2
You will be angry first with this man, then with that one; first with slaves, then with freedmen; first with parents, then with children... Seneca - On Anger I
Say to yourself first thing in the morning: today I shall meet people who are meddling, ungrateful, aggressive, treacherous, malicious, unsocial. Marcus Aurelius - Med IV.i
make no pretence of ‘obstacle in the way.’ … like fire rising, a stone falling, a roller on a slope… Marcus Aurelius 8-50 & 10-31
A stone thrown in the air Marcus Aurelius - Med 9-17
Say to yourself first thing in the morning: today I shall meet people who are meddling... Marcus Aurelius - Med 2-1
Without philosophy the mind is sickly. Seneca - Letter XV
From my (adoptive) father: gentleness, and an immovable adherence to decisions made after full consideration Marcus Aurelius - Med I-16
Behold the most glorious cities whose foundations can scarcely be traced -- anger cast them down Seneca - On Anger I-i
you will see what sort of critics you fear Marcus Aurelius - Med 9-18
Think of the whole of existence, of which you are the tiniest part... Marcus Aurelius Med 5-24
Think of the qualities of your fellows Marcus Aurelius - Med 6-48



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