Inspirational Zeno of Citium quotes

Zeno of Citium quotes
Zeno of Citium quotes

Zeno of Citium (c. 334 – c. 262 BC) was a Hellenistic thinker from Citium , Cyprus, and probably of Phoenician descent. This post features some inspirational Zeno of Citium quotes. Zeno was the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy, which he taught in Athens from about 300 BC. Based on the moral ideas of the Cynics, Stoicism laid great emphasis on goodness and peace of mind gained from living a life of Virtue in accordance with Nature. It proved very successful, and flourished as the dominant philosophy from the Hellenistic period through to the Roman era.

The Universe, in Zeno’s view, is God: a divine reasoning entity, where all the parts belong to the whole. Into this pantheistic system he incorporated the physics of Heraclitus; the Universe contains a divine artisan-fire, which foresees everything, and extending throughout the Universe, must produce everything.

Like the Cynics, Zeno recognised a single, sole and simple good, which is the only goal to strive for. “Happiness is a good flow of life,” said Zeno, and this can only be achieved through the use of right Reason coinciding with the Universal Reason (Logos), which governs everything. A bad feeling (pathos) “is a disturbance of the mind repugnant to Reason, and against Nature.” This consistency of soul, out of which morally good actions spring, is Virtue, true good can only consist in Virtue.

Just as Virtue can only exist within the dominion of Reason, so Vice can only exist with the rejection of Reason. Virtue is absolutely opposed to Vice, the two cannot exist in the same thing together, and cannot be increased or decreased; no one moral action is more virtuous than another.

Zeno of Citium quotes
Zeno of Citium quotes

During his lifetime, Zeno received appreciation for his philosophical and pedagogical teachings. Among other things, Zeno was honored with the golden crown, and a tomb was built in honor of his moral influence on the youth of his era.

The crater Zeno on the Moon is named in his honor. The most famous of these works was Zeno’s Republic, a work written in conscious imitation of (or opposition to) Plato. Although it has not survived, more is known about it than any of his other works. It outlined Zeno’s vision of the ideal Stoic society built on egalitarian principles.

Zeno of Citium quotes

“Happiness is a good flow of life.”
― Zeno of Citium

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.”
― Zeno of Citium

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

“Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue.”
Zeno of Citium

“Man conquers the world by conquering himself.”
― Zeno of Citium

“No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.”
― Zeno of Citium

“Well being is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.”
― Zeno of Citium

“The goal of life is living in agreement with Nature.”
Zeno of Citium quotes

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

Zeno of Citium quotes
Zeno of Citium quotes

“All the good are friends of one another.”
― Zeno of Citium

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

“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

“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.”
― Zeno of Citium

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

“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.”
― Zeno of Citium

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

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