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Stoicism Series 4-5: 30 Quotes By Seneca For Traders

Stoicism Series 4-5: 30 Quotes By Seneca For Traders

If you don’t know who Seneca is and are not familiar with the stoic philosophy, make sure you check out the previous articles.

Part 1: What Is Stoicism, And How Can It Help You Become A Better Trader.

Part 2: 30 Quotes By Marcus Aurelius For Traders

Part 3: 30 Quotes By Epictetus For Traders

 

In today’s article, I want to share 30 quotes by Seneca. This is part 4 of the Stoicism Series.

1.

A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.

2.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

3.

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

4.

The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.

5.

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.

6.

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

7.

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

8.

We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

9.

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

10.

The wise man’s mind will keep its scar long after the wound has healed Life is like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

11.

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

12.

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.

13.

Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow, and loses today.

14.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
to err is human, but to persist (in the mistake) is diabolical.

15.

While we wait for life, life passes.

16.

It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

17.

The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.

18.

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters.

19.

Do everything as if in the eye of another.

20.

To be everywhere; is to be nowhere.

21.

No good thing renders its possessor happy, unless his mind is reconciled to the possibility of loss; nothing, however, is lost with less discomfort than that which, when lost, cannot be missed.

22.

It is not what you endure that matters, but how you endure it.

23.

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.

24.

Money has never yet made anyone rich

25.

A great mind becomes a great fortune.

26.

Do you ask what is the foundation of a sound mind? It is, not to find joy in useless things.

27.

We must take a less serious view of all things, tolerating them in a spirit of acceptance: It is more human to laugh at life than to weep tears over it.

28.

Pain is slight if opinion has added nothing to it; … in thinking it slight, you will make it slight. Everything depends on opinion.

29.

It is according to opinion that we suffer. A man is as wretched as he has convinced himself that he is.

30.

If wisdom were offered me on the one condition that I should keep it shut away and not divulge it to anyone, I should reject it. There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with.

 

Conclusion

One must not think deeply in order to see how stoic philosophy applies to trading. The relevance is obvious. In the next article, we’ll see how you can start to apply stoicism in your life. In the meantime, these quotes (and many others) can be found in The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday.

 

 

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Yvan

I’ve been trading for a living since 2006.

By merging mindfulness (an in-depth study of the mind and its tendencies in the present moment), a good trading process, and an efficient business practice, I went from being a losing trader to a consistently profitable one.
Through my work here at Trading Composure, I aim at helping you do the same.

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