Why should I know Gaius Musonius Rufus?

Gaius Musonius Rufus was a Roman Stoic philosopher during the reign of Nero. Rufus is considered the Roman Socrates.

Books by Gaius Musonius Rufus

Quotes by Gaius Musonius Rufus

“From good people you’ll learn good, but if you mingle with the bad you’ll destroy such soul as you had.”

Gaius Musonius Rufus

“Humanity must seek what is NOT simple and obvious using the simple and obvious.”

Gaius Musonius Rufus How to Live

“If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labor passes quickly, but the good endures.
If you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures.”

Gaius Musonius Rufus

“Most of all, teachers shouldn't only be speakers of helpful words, but their actions should be consistent with them. The pupil's duty is to attend pro-actively to what is said, and to be on guard in case they accept something false without thinking.”

Gaius Musonius Rufus How to Live

“Since every man dies, it is better to die with distinction than to live long.”

Gaius Musonius Rufus

“You will earn the respect of all if you begin by earning the respect of yourself. Don't expect to encourage good deeds in people conscious of your own misdeeds.”

Gaius Musonius Rufus How to Live