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1. “Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.” – Epictetus

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2. “We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

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3. “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” – Marcus Aurelius

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4. “Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.” – Heraclitus

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5. “Keep your intention pure. Emotions will try to distract you. So keep going. That’s the cure.” – Anonymous

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6. “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” – Viktor Frankl

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7. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” – James Allen

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8. “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.” – Seneca

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9. “Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.” – Marcus Aurelius

10. “The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” – Seneca

11. “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” – Marcus Aurelius

12. “If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.” – Marcus Aurelius

13. “It is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

14. “It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.” – Seneca

15. “The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

16. “Sometimes in life we must fight not only without fear, but also without hope.” – Alessandro Pertini

17. “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” – Seneca

18. “If one does not know which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.” – Seneca

19. “The willing are led by fate, the reluctant dragged.” – Cleanthes

20. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” – Epictetus

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21. “Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.” – Randy Pausch

22. “Discomfort is the currency of success.” – Brooke Castillo

23. “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius

24. “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” – Epictetus

25. “Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” – Marcus Aurelius

26. “We should not, like sheep, follow the herd of creatures in front of us, making our way where others go, not where we ought to go.” – Seneca

27. “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” – Marcus Aurelius

28. “No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” – Seneca

29. “Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” – Epictetus

30. “Is a world without pain possible? Then don’t ask the impossible.” – Marcus Aurelius

31. “If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgment now.” – Marcus Aurelius

32. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Seneca

33. “I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.” – Cato

34. “To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.” – Alice Hoffman

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35. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” – James Allen

36. “We should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?” – Epictetus 

37. “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” – Seneca

38. “External thinks are not the problem. It’s your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now.” – Marcus Aurelius

39. “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

40. “Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” – Marcus Aurelius

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