The art of living a virtuous life.

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.”

Advice

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. …


The Struggle with Ourselves

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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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“Struggle against yourself; if [you want] to conquer anger, you can’t allow it to conquer you. …


On objective judgment

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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 from the Enchiridion, entry 3:

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“With everything which entertains you, is useful, or of which you are fond, remember to say to yourself, beginning with the very least things, “What is its nature?” If you are fond of…


Love of Fate

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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 7.57:

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“To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony.”

Advice

The majority of us believe that our fates are entirely up to us. With the “happiness” industry that has sprouted up over the last…


Acting like immortals

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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 the Shortness of Life:

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“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.”

Advice

In perhaps his most famous essay, On the Shortness of Life, Seneca makes…


Be of Use

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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 7.74:

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“No one objects to what is useful to him.
To be of use to others is natural.
Then don’t object to what is useful to you — being of use.”

Advice

Socrates is said to have…


The Boxer

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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 12.9:

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“The student as boxer, not fencer. The fencer’s weapon is picked up and put down again. The boxer’s is part of him. All he has to do is clench his fist.”

Advice

Marcus Aurelius is said…


On Praise

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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 4.19:

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“What use is praise, except to make your lifestyle a little more comfortable?”

Advice

Too often, we put stock in the praise we receive from others. On social media, we judge our own worth by how…

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