Miyamoto Musashi, original name Miyamoto Masana, artistic name Niten, (born 1584, Mimasaka or Harima, Japan—died June 13, 1645, Higo), famous Japanese soldier-artist of the early Edo (Tokugawa) period (1603–1867).
Musashi began his career as a fighter early in life when, at age 13, he killed a man in single combat. In 1600 he was on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara (which paved the way for establishing the Tokugawa shogunate), becoming one of the rōnin (masterless samurai). In time he set out on a personal quest to develop perfect sword technique. He invented the nitō ichi-ryū, the style of fencing with two swords, and is often referred to today as kensai (‘‘sword saint’’). Musashi claimed to have fought in more than 60 individual sword fights, many of which were to the death and all of which he won. (brittanica.com)
What is Bushido?
The Bushido code of conduct, closely tied to Samurai culture, played an important role in the expansion of Asian art, Japanese values, and many important traditions like tea ceremonies and the art of samurai sword-making. An unwritten code of chivalrous behavior, Bushido later became the basis for the teaching of ethics in Japan, with principles that still remain relevant today. Below, our editors explore the history of the Bushido, or Samurai code, along with modern interpretations of how the code can be applied to everyday life.
Bushido is a code of conduct that emerged in Japan from the Samurai, or Japanese warriors, who spread their ideals throughout society. They drew inspiration from Confucianism, which is a relatively conservative philosophy and system of beliefs that places a great deal of importance on loyalty and duty. The Bushido code contains eight key principles or virtues that warriors were expected to uphold.
The Eight Principles
Justice: Justice is a core value of the Samurai. Incorporating the Bushido principle of justice into your life requires reflecting on what is fair and upholding the value of upstanding moral character.
Courage: Courage, like justice, entails deciphering what is right and wrong. Courage requires the strength not only to perceive but also to act.
Compassion: Compassion is the ability to manifest love and sympathy through patience. It also requires attempting to see the world from the perspective of another. This is an especially important trait for those in a leadership role.
Respect: Respect means that you acknowledge your regard for the experiences and feelings of others. In order to collaborate with another person, politeness must be employed.
Integrity: In order to practice many of the other principles listed, one has to maintain integrity. This mean living honestly and sincerely.
Honor: Samurai were warriors who upheld a sense of self worth and lived by the highest code of conduct. In order to abide by the principle of honor, you must acknowledge your moral responsibilities.
Loyalty: First, stay true to yourself. When fealty is given to another, this must not be abandoned even under difficult circumstances.
Self-control: Self-control in the Bushido code means adhering to this code under all circumstances, when with others and when alone. Not every iteration of the Bushido code includes self-control, but the book Bushido: The Soul of Japan written by Inazo Nitobe highlights its importance.
Socrates was a famous philosopher who is often cited as a source of inspiration for self-improvement and inner wisdom. In this video, we feature beautiful & powerful quotes from Socrates set to a beautiful soundtrack with the intent to help you develop a stronger mind. If you’re looking to improve your mind and increase your awareness of observed reality, then you need to watch this video!
Who was Socrates?
Socrates, (born c. 470 BCE, Athens [Greece]—died 399 BCE, Athens), ancient Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy. Socrates was a widely recognized and controversial figure in his native Athens, so much so that he was frequently mocked in the plays of comic dramatists. (The Clouds of Aristophanes, produced in 423, is the best-known example.) Although Socrates himself wrote nothing, he is depicted in conversation in compositions by a small circle of his admirers—Plato and Xenophon first among them. He is portrayed in these works as a man of great insight, integrity, self-mastery, and argumentative skill. The impact of his life was all the greater because of the way in which it ended: at age 70, he was brought to trial on a charge of impiety and sentenced to death by poisoning (the poison probably being hemlock) by a jury of his fellow citizens. Plato’s Apology of Socrates purports to be the speech Socrates gave at his trial in response to the accusations made against him (Greek apologia means “defense”). Its powerful advocacy of the examined life and its condemnation of Athenian democracy have made it one of the central documents of Western thought and culture.
In this video, Kobe Bryant reveals The Mamba Mentality: the secret to conquering life through his Kobe Bryant quotes Mamba Mentality on life.
Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe credits his success to the Mamba Mentality. The Mamba Mentality is a mindset is what propelled him and allows you to conquer anything. Digest and learn from Kobe’s example. By applying the Mamba Mentality, you’ll be able to Face Your Fears, Take Action, and Never Giveup. Watch this video and learn how to conquer life with the Mamba Mentality!
Kobe Bryant Quotes Mamba Mentality
Kobe Bryant Mamba Mentality Quotes
1. “Dedication makes dreams come true.”
2. “We psych ourselves up too much. Like if you try to talk yourself into, ‘Oh, this is a big moment, this is a big shot,’ you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself. You shot that shot hundreds and thousands of times. Just shoot another one.”
3. “Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”
4. “There’s a big misconception where people thinking winning or success comes from everybody putting their arms around each other and singing kumbaya and patting them on the back when they mess up, and that’s just not reality. If you are going to be a leader, you are not going to please everybody. You have to hold people accountable. Even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable.”
5. “The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.”
6. “I see the beauty in getting up in the morning and being in pain because I know all the hard work that it took to get to this point. So, I’m not, I’m not sad about [retiring]. I’m very appreciative of what I’ve had.”
7. “After all, greatness is not for everybody.”
8. “I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.”
9. “Have a good time. Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smile and just keep on rolling.”
10. “May you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one.”
11. “There’s nothing truly to be afraid of, when you think about it, because I’ve failed before, and I woke up the next morning, and I’m OK.”
12. “People say bad things about you in the paper on Monday, and then on Wednesday, you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. I’ve seen that cycle, so why would I be nervous about it happening?”
13. “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”
14. “Losing is losing. There aren’t different degrees of losing. You either win a championship or you’re s**t. It’s very black and white to me.”
15. “The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up. That journey continues.”
16. “Use your success, wealth, and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.”
17. “I want to learn how to become the best basketball player in the world. And if I’m going to learn that, I gotta learn from the best. Kids go to school to be doctors or lawyers, so forth and so on and that’s where they study. My place to study is from the best.”
18. “A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.”
19. “I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”
20. “Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache.”
21. “The last time I was intimidated was when I was six years old in karate class. I was an orange belt and the instructor ordered me to fight a black belt who was a couple years older and a lot bigger. I was scared s**tless. I mean, I was terrified and he kicked my a**. But then I realized he didn’t kick my a** as bad as I thought he was going to and that there was nothing really to be afraid of.”
22. “These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.”
23. “I want to see if I can. I don’t know if I can. I want to find out. I want to see. I’m going to do what I always do: I’m going to break it down to its smallest form, smallest detail, and go after it. Day by day, one day at a time.”
24. “I create my own path. It was straight and narrow. I looked at it this way: you were either in my way or out of it.”
25. “Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back, that play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you.”
26. “When I have the chance to guard Michael Jordan, I want to guard him. I want him. It’s the ultimate challenge.”
27. “A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness.”
28. “I’ve shot too much from the time I was eight years old. But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting. Going back to Mozart, he responded to critics by saying there were neither too many notes or too few. There were as many as necessary.”
29. “It’s hard for me to grasp the concept of somebody being nervous when I’m talking to them.”
30. “I never looked at [basketball] as work. I didn’t realize it was work until my first year in the NBA. When I came around, I was surrounded by other professionals and I thought basketball was going to be everything to them, and it wasn’t. And I was like, ‘This is different.’ I thought everybody was so obsessive about the game like me. It was like, ‘No? Oh, that’s hard work.’ I get it now.”
31. “From the beginning, I wanted to be the best. I had a constant craving, a yearning, to improve and be the best.”
32. “I had to organize things. So I created the ‘Black Mamba.’ So Kobe has to deal with these issues, all the personal challenges. The Black Mamba steps on the court and does what he does. I’m destroying everybody that steps on the court.”
33. “My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.”
34. “I never needed any external forces to motivate me.”
35. “Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.”
36. “You guys know how I am. I don’t forget anything.”
37. “I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, that I’m willing to work harder than you.”
38. “I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.”
39. “Leadership is lonely. I’m not going to be afraid of confrontation to get us to where we need to go.”
40. “The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.”
41. “Everything negative—pressure, challenges—is all an opportunity for me to rise.”
42. “I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.”
43. “There’s no need to get too crazy or bent out of shape. There are still challenges every day. But I’m still having fun. I was born to play this game. I still love it.”
44. “This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.”
45. “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.”
46. “The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.”
47. “The message was that if you want to win championships, you have to let people focus on what they do best while you focus on what you do best. For me, that was rebounding, running the floor, and blocking shots.”
48. “If I wanted to play, I’d still be playing for the Lakers.”
49. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.”
50. “When you make a choice and say, ‘Come hell or high water, I am going to be this,’ then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that is intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time, because it has been [in your mind] the whole time.”
51. “I love that kids are building confidence on and off the court and unlocking their potential through sport.”
52. “I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”
53. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”
54. “I don’t f**k with bees, man. Other than that, I’m not afraid of nothing.”
55. “If you do not believe in yourself no one will do it for you.”
56. “I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.”
57. “I got one more than Shaq. So you can take that to the bank.”
58. “We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.”
60. “We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.”
61. “There’s been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that’s simply not the case. We win games when I score 40 points and we’ve won when I score 10.”
62. “Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.”
63. “Boos don’t block dunks.”
64. “The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.”
65. “Winning takes precedence overall. There’s no gray area. No almosts.”
66. “I don’t want chumps, I don’t want pushovers, and if you’re a chump and a pushover, I will run over you.”
67. “Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down, because next year it ain’t gonna be this way. Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.”
68. “Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever.”
69. “There’s certain players that I’ve made cry. If I can make you cry by being sarcastic, then I really don’t want to play with you in the playoffs.”
70. “You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.”
71. “When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain—it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself ‘You are a failure,’ I think that is almost worse than dying.”
“I never wanted to be like Kobe, but I always wanted to have that laser focus, that nothing was getting in the way of what I wanted to do out on the floor,” Kevin Durantsaid at Brooklyn Nets practice on Tuesday. “And that’s what I think the Mamba Mentality is for him. It was just like, whatever I want to do, I’ma put my mind to it and do it. We all — no matter if you played basketball or not, if you watched and knew who Kobe Bryant was, you took that from him. His mindset, just everything about him, just touched so many people around the world.”
What does the Mamba Mentality mean to me? Living in the moment and taking advantage of your opportunities so you can live with no regrets. Kobe embodied that approach and the reason why he accomplished so much was this, he did not leave any stone left unturned. He emptied the tank each and every day. He worked tirelessly at progressing each and every day. He was just built differently than most, he was not in the business of being average, and he had his eyes set on Greatness, no matter what it took. He earned everything that he achieved & he appreciated that process more than anything.
These empowering Muhammad Aliquotes will help you to become find your inner confidence & purpose to reach your goals in life. These quotes will help you find your inner confidence & purpose to reach your goals in life.
If you’re looking for inspirational quotes to help you on your journey to success, then you’ve come to the right video! Muhammad Ali is a champion, not only in the ring, where he was a three-time Heavyweight Champion of the world… but in everything he does. These quotes will help you to become the best you can be. Remember, it’s never too late to become a champion!
Muhammad Ali Quotes
The heart of a Champion is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be taught, and it must be earned with adversity, challenges, and mental fortitude. Muhammad Ali embodied what it means to be a true champion. He was not a Champion & The Greatest because he won multiple titles… but it was that he lost and had failures but he never let them keep him down. He always picked himself up off the mat and redeemed those losses by overcoming those defeats in the ring and in life. We all can learn from the example of The G.O.A.T. & apply his Championship Mentality to our endeavors moving forward.
These Powerful Seneca Quotes will help you strengthen your mind. Stoicism reminds us to live in the moment & to focus on what we can control.
Who was Seneca?
Seneca, in full Lucius Annaeus Seneca, by name Seneca the Younger, (born c. 4 bce, Corduba (now Córdoba), Spain—died 65 ce, Rome [Italy]), Roman philosopher, statesman, orator, and tragedian. He was Rome’s leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century ce and was virtual ruler with his friends of the Roman world between 54 and 62, during the first phase of Emperor, Nero’s reign.
What was the nature of Seneca’s philosophy?
Seneca’s wisdom and these quotes will help you gain perspective on happiness, the power of reflection & life in general. If you haven’t heard of Seneca, then perhaps you have heard of men like Robert Greene, Ryan Holiday, and Elon Musk. These successful individuals have discussed how much Seneca has influenced and inspired them in their professional achievements.
the ancient practice of reflection on mortality that goes back to Socrates, who said that the proper practice of philosophy is “about nothing else but dying and being dead.” In early Buddhist texts, a prominent term is maraṇasati, which translates as ‘remember death.’ Some Sufis have been called the “people of the graves,” because of their practice of frequenting graveyards to ponder on death and one’s mortality.
Best Seneca Quotes
1. “Life, if well lived, is long enough.”
2. “We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”
3. “Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”
Seneca Quotes on Acceptance
4. “Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.”
5. “Man is affected not by events but by the view he takes of them.”
6. “How does it help… to make troubles heavier by bemoaning them?”
7. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”
8. “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”
9. “Time heals what reason cannot.”
Seneca Quotes on Reflection
10. “Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.” ― Seneca
11. “The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca
12. “It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much… The life we receive is not short but we make it so.”
13. “Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged.”
Seneca Quotes on Life
14. “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”
15. “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
16. “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”
17. “Life is like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters..”
18. “While we wait for life, life passes.”
19. “We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.”
20. “Every night before going to sleep, we must ask ourselves: what weakness did I overcome today? What virtue did I acquire?”
21. “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so, wants nothing.”
Quotes on Leadership
22. “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.”
23. “If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.”
24. “Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”
25. “To wish to progress is the largest part of progress.”
26. “Besides, he who is feared, fears also; no one has been able to arouse terror and live in peace of mind.”
27. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”
Seneca Quotes on Perseverance
28. “Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.”
29. “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
31. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
33. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” ― Seneca
34. “So you must match time’s swiftness with your speed in using it, and you must drink quickly as though from a rapid stream that will not always flow.”
35. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
36. “The good things of prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.”
Seneca Quotes on Judgement
37. “Every guilty person is his own hangman.”
38. “All cruelty springs from weakness.”
39. “Once again prosperous and successful crime goes by the name of virtue; good men obey the bad, might is right and fear oppresses law.”
40. “A good judge condemns wrongful acts, but does not hate them.”
41. “I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.”
42. “Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”
43. “Regard a friend as loyal, and you will make him loyal.”
44. “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
45. “It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.”
46. “Friendship is always helpful, but love sometimes even does harm”
Seneca Quotes on Fear
47. “A person’s fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.”
48. “You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire” ― Seneca
49. “Worse than war is the very fear of war.”
50. “Remember, however, before all else, to strip things of all that disturbs and confuses, and to see what each is at the bottom; you will then comprehend that they contain nothing fearful except the actual fear.”
51. “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”
52. “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”
53. “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms — you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.”
54. “There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.”
55. “Silence is a lesson learned through life’s many sufferings.”
56. “He who is brave is free.”
57. “If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”
58. “No man was ever wise by chance.”
59. “Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.”
60. “They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.” – Seneca
61. “You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.”
62. “It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.”
63. “Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”
64. “Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honorable.”
65. “We must go for walks out of doors, so that the mind can be strengthened and invigorated by a clear sky and plenty of fresh air. At times it will acquire fresh energy from a journey by carriage and a change of scene, or from socializing and drinking freely. Occasionally we should even come to the point of intoxication, sinking into drink but not being totally flooded by it; for it does wash away cares, and stirs the mind to its depths, and heals sorrow just as it heals certain diseases.”
66. “Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.”
67. “The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.”
68. “What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.”
69. “To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.”
70. “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.”
71. “We are mad, not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders, but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?”
72. “Everyone prefers belief to the exercise of judgement.”
73. “The sun also shines on the wicked.”
74. “The part of life we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.”
75. “Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”
76. “What really ruins our character is the fact that none of us looks back over his life.”
77. “Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.”
78. “Men do not care how nobly they live, but only for how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.”
79. “Leisure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.”
80. “The abundance of books is distraction.”
81. “Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death.”
82. “Economy is too late when you are at the bottom of your purse.”
83. “The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death; it merely of itself completes the death-process. We reach death at that moment, but we have been a long time on the way.”
84. “For greed all nature is too little.”
85. “He that does good to another does good also to himself.”
86. “The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.”
87. “Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.”
88. “There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”
89. “Fate leads the willing and drags along the reluctant.”
90. “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”
91. “It is difficult to bring people to goodness withlessons, but it is easy to do so by example.”
92. “Often a very old man has no other proof of his long life than his age.”
93. “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”
94. “It does not matter how many books you have, but how good are the books which you have.”
95. “Light griefs are loquacious, but the great are dumb.”
96. “If we could be satisfied with anything, we should have been satisfied long ago.”
97. “Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.”
98. “For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”
99. “There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with.”
100. “Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.”
101. “You ask what is the proper limit to a person’s wealth? First, having what isessential, and second, having what is enough.”
102. “No man can be sane who searches for what will injure him in place of what is best.”
103. “Everybody agrees that no one pursuit can be successfully followed by a man who is preoccupied with many things, since the mind, when distracted, takes in nothing very deeply, but rejects everything that is, as it were, crammed into it. There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: there is nothing that is harder to learn.”
104. “No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity.”
105. “We cease to be so angry once we cease to be so hopeful.”
106. “If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according to what others think, you will never be rich.”
107. “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”
108. “A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.”
109. “No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.”
1110. “It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and ― what will perhaps make you wonder more ― it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.”
111. “The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.”
112. “To expect punishment is to suffer it; and to earn it is to expect it.”
113. “I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”
114. “To err is human, but to persist in the mistake is diabolical.”
115. “A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.”
116. “The greatest remedy for anger is delay.”
117. “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”
118. “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.”
119. “There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”
120. “People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”
121. “The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what is in Fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours.”
122. “Nothing is burdensome if taken lightly, and nothing need arouse one’s irritation so long as one doesn’t make it bigger than it is by getting irritated.”
123. “It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. We are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not Ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”
Epictetus (/ˌɛpɪkˈtiːtəs/; Greek: Ἐπίκτητος, Epíktētos; c. 50 – c. 135 AD) was a Greek Stoic Philosopher. He was born into slavery at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present-day Pamukkale, in western Turkey) and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not simply a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.
Please free your mind and enlighten your mind with 10 minutes of powerful Taoism Quotes & digest the Eastern Wisdom from the great Chinese Philosopher, Lao-Tzu.
Who was Lao-Tzu? Lao-Tzu (l. c. 500 BCE, also known as Laozi or Lao-Tze) was a Chinese philosopher credited with founding the philosophical system of Taoism. He is best known as the author of the Laozi (later retitled the Tao-Te-Ching translated as “The Way of Virtue” or “The Classic of the Way and Virtue”) the work which exemplifies his thought.
Taoism (also spelled Daoism) is a religion and a philosophy from ancient China that has influenced folk and national belief. Taoism has been connected to the philosopher Lao Tzu, who around 500 B.C.E. wrote the main book of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching. Taoism holds that humans and animals should live in balance with the Tao, or the universe. Taoists believe in spiritual immortality, where the spirit of the body joins the universe after death. Source: National Geographic
Ten minutes of stoic quotes on mortality that you need to hear from great Stoic Philosophers. Free your mind with these life-changing quotes on stoicism. Embracing your mortality to truly live a fulfilled life is a foundational tenet of stoicism. Listen to the wisdom of these quotes to find out why.
What is Stoicism?
Stoicism was one of the new philosophical movements of the Hellenistic period. The name derives from the porch (stoa poikilê) in the Agora at Athens decorated with mural paintings, where the members of the school congregated, and their lectures were held. Unlike ‘epicurean,’ the sense of the English adjective ‘stoical’ is not utterly misleading with regard to its philosophical origins. The Stoics did, in fact, hold that emotions like fear or envy (or impassioned sexual attachments, or passionate love of anything whatsoever) either were, or arose from, false judgements and that the sage – a person who had attained moral and intellectual perfection – would not undergo them. The later Stoics of Roman Imperial times, Seneca and Epictetus, emphasise the doctrines (already central to the early Stoics’ teachings) that the sage is utterly immune to misfortune and that virtue is sufficient for happiness. Our phrase ‘stoic calm’ perhaps encapsulates the general drift of these claims. It does not, however, hint at the even more radical ethical views which the Stoics defended, e.g. that only the sage is free while all others are slaves, or that all those who are morally vicious are equally so. (For other examples, see Cicero’s brief essay ‘Paradoxa Stoicorum’.) Though it seems clear that some Stoics took a kind of perverse joy in advocating views which seem so at odds with common sense, they did not do so simply to shock. Stoic ethics achieves a certain plausibility within the context of their physical theory and psychology, and within the framework of Greek ethical theory as that was handed down to them from Plato and Aristotle. It seems that they were well aware of the mutually interdependent nature of their philosophical views, likening philosophy itself to a living animal in which logic is bones and sinews; ethics and physics, the flesh and the soul respectively (another version reverses this assignment, making ethics the soul). Their views in logic and physics are no less distinctive and interesting than those in ethics itself. (Source: Stanford Encyclopedia)
In this episode, we discuss stoicism & in particular the reason why it’s essential to embrace your mortality to live your life truly. The Stoics believed that for someone to have no regrets in life they must live a life built on good character, which includes gratitude and a life of purpose. The Great Stoic Philosophers spoke about the importance of acknowledging your mortality to truly live a life that is worth living. The way that is done is by making sure that you are doing your best each day to live not in the past or in the future, but in the present.
Memento mori literally means “Remember you must die”. The early Puritan settlers were particularly aware of death and fearful of what it might mean, so a Puritan tombstone will often display a memento mori intended for the living. These death’s-heads or skulls may strike us as ghoulish, but they helped keep the living on the straight and narrow for fear of eternal punishment. In earlier centuries, an educated European might place an actual skull on his desk to keep the idea of death always present in his mind. (source: Merriam-Webster)
In this episode, we discuss the importance of trusting the process in whatever you are doing in your life. I have found myself at times looking ahead and attempting to reach certain goals & which is useful. However, there is peace and power in being present & trusting the process.
What Is Stoicism?
Simply put, Stoicism was designed to help people live their best possible lives.
It’s a philosophy of life that maximizes positive emotions, reduces negative emotions, and helps individuals to hone their virtues of character.
At any moment, in any situation, and at any stage of life, Stoicism provides a framework for living well. It reminds people of what is truly important, providing practical strategies to get more of what is valuable.
Stoicism was deliberately created to be understandable, actionable, and useful. Practicing Stoicism doesn’t require learning an entirely new philosophical lexicon or meditating for hours a day. Instead, it offers an immediate, useful and practical way to find tranquility and improve one’s strengths of character.
My personal summation of what it means to be stoic is this… seek knowledge and wisdom. To be stoic is to not focus on the outside factors and external conditions around you but rather… look inward and be intentional about what you can control. Which is what is happening right in front of you in the present. With that guide and blueprint, you can embrace change and adversity as it is something that comes and goes like the tide and it’s not in your control. Stoicism to me is all about finding peace and fulfillment through practicing of logic, reason & mental awareness.
Who is Marcus Aurelius
The Meditations, the thoughts of a philosopher-king, have been considered by many generations one of the great books of all times. Although they were Marcus’s own thoughts, they were not original. They are basically the moral tenets of Stoicism, learned from Epictetus: the cosmos is a unity governed by an intelligence, and the human soul is a part of that divine intelligence and can therefore stand, if naked and alone, at least pure and undefiled, amid chaos and futility. One or two of Marcus’s ideas, perhaps more through lack of rigorous understanding than anything else, diverged from Stoic philosophy and approached that Platonism that was itself then turning into the Neoplatonism into which all pagan philosophies, except Epicureanism, were destined to merge. But he did not deviate so far as to accept the comfort of any kind of survival after death. – (Source courtesy of brittanica.com)
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