The Stoic school of philosophy is old. Like 3rd Century BC old. It was founded by Zeno of Citium and carried on by Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius (i.e. the real OGs). There are definitely some savage 3rd-century BC mic drops in these Stoic quotes. They come through and remind you of how oddly comforting your unimportance is in the grand scheme of things.
I find a lot of comfort in how to deal with this human experience in Stoic philosophy. Stoicism teaches that the wise live in harmony with the divine, and I believe these Stoic quotes reinforce that. In other words, the world operates how it does and you have the power to choose how you react to it. That means you can choose to experience the pleasure or the pain for an event. A good Stoic would know to just let it go.
Below are some of my favorite Stoic quotes for when I need to remind myself I am a soul that signed up for this human experience and I can control how I feel about it.
“Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will—then your life will flow well.”– Epictetus
“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, ‘He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would have not mentioned these alone.'”– Epictetus
“It’s time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.”– Marcus Aurelius
“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.”– Marcus Aurelius
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”– Epictetus
“Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions — not outside.”– Marcus Aurelius
“We should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?”– Epictetus
“Remember: Matter. How tiny your share of it. Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it. Fate. How small a role you play in it.”– Marcus Aurelius
“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”– Epictetus