Chrysippus Quotes

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Chrysippus of Soli was a Greek philosopher and co-founder of the Stoic philosophy.

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Best 13 Quotes by Chrysippus

“Death is the separation of soul from body.”

“Every animal is related to its own constitution and the consciousness of it.”

“He who is running a race ought to endeavor and strive to the utmost of his ability to come off victor; but it is utterly wrong for him to trip up his competitor, or to push him aside. So in life it is not unfair for one to seek for himself what may accrue to his benefit; but it is not right to take it from another.”

“I myself think that the wise man meddles little or not at all in affairs and does his own things.”

“If I followed the multitude, I should not have studied philosophy.”

“Living virtuously is equal to living in accordance with one's experience of the actual course of nature.”

“The anchovy which is found in the sea at Athens, men despise on account of its abundance and say that it is a poor man’s fish; but in other cities, they prize it above everything, even where it is far inferior to the Attic anchovy.”

“The soul is joined to and is separated from the body. Therefore, the soul is corporeal.”

“The universe itself is God and the universal outpouring of its soul.”

“There could be no justice, unless there were also injustice; no courage, unless there were cowardice; no truth, unless there were falsehood.”

“We should infer in the case of a beautiful dwelling-place that it was built for its owners and not for mice; we ought, therefore, in the same way to regard the universe as the dwelling-place of the gods.”

“When a dog is tied to a cart, if it wants to follow, it is pulled and follows, making its spontaneous act coincide with necessity. But if the dog does not follow, it will be compelled in any case. So it is with men too: even if they don’t want to, they will be compelled to follow what is destined.”

“Wise people are in want of nothing, and yet need many things. On the other hand, nothing is needed by fools, for they do not understand how to use anything, but are in want of everything.”

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