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The Top 5 Stoic Quotes You Need to Know to Build Mental Toughness

Stoicism is an ancient school of thought founded by Zeno of Citium. Stoic Philosophy teaches that the path to eudaimonia (or happiness) is found through controlling the controllable and accepting the uncontrollable as they happen; living with Areté (or excellence/moral virtue), and by taking responsibility. Try to use these stoic quotes as an anchor on your journey towards mental toughness.

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?

Epictetus

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man [or woman] perfected without trials.

Seneca

Man [or woman] conquers the world by conquering themselves.

Zeno of Citium

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.

Marcus Aurelius

Write down these stoic quotes somewhere that you can see and keep reminding yourself of them as you work on developing your mental toughness.

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