One of the most quoted lines from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations
has to be: "You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength." Stoicism
is an ancient Greek school of philosophy which developed later in the Roman Empire and, in a nutshell, advocates for enduring pain or hardship without becoming overly emotional or complaining about it. The Stoics believed
that emotions like fear or envy and even the impassioned attachments of sexual attraction and romantic love were rooted in "false judgements". So base were these human follies, said the Stoics, that the sage (someone who had reached moral and intellectual perfection) would not bother with them, let alone experience them: no pleasure, no pain.