Duty

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Seneca’s On Anger, from the recent translation by James Romm and Princeton University Press entitled How to Keep Your Cool:

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“The good man will carry out his duties, without fear or turmoil; he’ll act in a manner worthy of…


On Anger

Delay Punishment

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Seneca from his essay On Anger under the recent translation title How to Keep Your Cool:

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“A punishment that’s delayed can still be imposed, but once imposed, it can’t be withdrawn.”

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Seneca viewed anger as being one of the…


On using facts, not emotions

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Epictetus, Enchiridion, entry 45:

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“Somebody is hasty about bathing; do not say that he bathes badly, but that he is hasty about bathing. Somebody drinks a good deal of wine; do not say that he drinks badly, but that…


Is this necessary?

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 4.24:

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“Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, “Is this necessary?” But we need to…


Virtue

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 6.17:

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“The elements move upward, downward, in all directions. The motion of virtue is different — deeper. It moves at a steady pace on a road hard to discern, and always forward.”

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The idea of virtue…


Protect Your Commanding-Faculty

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Epictetus in his Enchiridion, entry 28 (translation from How to be Free):

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“If someone in the street were entrusted with your body, you would be furious. …


Avoiding Raging Against the Good

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Cicero in the recent translation of De Amicitia by Princeton University Press entitled How to be a Friend:

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“Let’s not be angry at good people, for who will we not be angry at, if we rage at the good?”

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How to treat others

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Hierocles from his remaining fragments:

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“Act by everyone, in the same manner as if you supposed yourself to be him, and him to be you.”

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The above may be considered the “Golden Rule” of Stoicism. …


On Moderation

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Epictetus, Enchiridion, entry 39:

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“Each man’s body is a measure for his property, just as the foot is a measure for his shoe. If, then, you abide by this principle, you will maintain the proper measure, but if you…


The Uneducated

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Epictetus in his Enchiridion, entry 5 (translation from How to be Free):

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“Uneducated people blame others when they are doing badly. Those whose education is underway blame themselves. …

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