Zeno of Citium Quotes

Who is Zeno of Citium?

Zeno of Citium was a Hellenistic (this means Greek) thinker from Cyprus who founded the Stoic school of philosophy in Athens in around 300 BC.

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Best 20 Quotes by Zeno of Citium

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

Zeno of Citium

“A friend is our alter ego.”

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“All the good are friends of one another.”

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

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“Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue.”

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

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“Happiness is a good flow of life.”

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“Love is a God, who cooperates in securing the safety of the city.”

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“Man conquers the world by conquering himself.”

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

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“No matter whether you claim a slave by purchase or capture, the title is bad. They who claim to own their fellow-men, look down into the pit and forget the justice that should rule the world.”

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“Nothing is more hostile to a firm grasp on knowledge than self-deception.”

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“Steel your sensibilities, so that life shall hurt you as little as possible.”

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“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.”

Zeno of Citium

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“The end may be defined as life in accordance with nature or, in other words, in accordance with our own human nature as well as that of the universe.”

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“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”

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“The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen the more and talk the less.”

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“We have two ears and one mouth, therefore we should listen twice as much as we speak.”

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“Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.”

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“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.”

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