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Zeno Of Citium Quotes


Ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the school of Stoicism.
(334 BC - 262 BC)

A bad feeling is a commotion of the mind repugnant to reason, and against nature.
 

All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with Nature.
 

Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue.
 

By silence, I hear other men's imperfections and conceal my own.
[Silence]
 

Extravagance is its own destroyer.
 

Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.
 

Follow where reason leads.
 

Fortune bids me to follow philosophy with fewer encumbrances.
 

Happiness is a good flow of life.
 

It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious.
[Virtue]
 

Man seems to be deficient in nothing so much as he is in time.
 

No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.
 

That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe, therefore the universe exercises reason.
 

The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.
 

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.
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The voice is the flower of beauty.
 

We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.
 

Well being is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.
[Time]