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21 Epigrams Every Man Should Live By | The Art of Manliness
21 Epigrams Every Man Should Live By - Added January 22, 2018 at 04:34PM
manliness  stoicism 
5 days ago by xenocid
5 Ancient Stoic Tactics for Modern Life | The Art of Manliness
5 Ancient Stoic Tactics for Modern Life - Added April 10, 2018 at 11:49AM
manliness  read2of  stoicism 
14 days ago by xenocid
Who is Gaius Musonius Rufus? Getting to Know "The Roman Socrates"
The name Gaius Musonius Rufus may not sound familiar, but the work of “the foremost stoic of his day,” as Roman historian Tacitus prefers referring to him, will. Musonius’ influence in Stoicism was and is substantial.
gaius-musonius-rufus  philosophy  stoicism 
14 days ago by kogakure
The Stoic Art of Negative Visualization
A CEO calls her staff into the conference room on the eve of the launch of a major new initiative. They file in and take their seats around the table. She calls the meeting to attention and begins, “I have bad news. The project has failed spectacularly. What went wrong?”
philosophy  stoicism 
17 days ago by kogakure
Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak – Brain Pickings
Tolstoy wrote in contemplating the paradoxical demands of love. “Love is a present activity only. The man who does not manifest love in the present has not love.
epictetus  philosophy  stoicism 
26 days ago by kogakure
The Best Books on Stoicism | The Reading Lists
In this special reading list, a brilliant panel of experts nominate the books they believe to be the best books on Stoicism.
reading  list  book  stoicism 
27 days ago by lgtout
Aeon Essays -- Do not weep for your dead: how to mourn as the Stoics did by Brian D Earp
'...From Marcus Aurelius: ‘In all your actions, words, and thoughts, be aware that it is possible that you’ – and by extension the ones you love most dearly – ‘may depart from life at any time.’ From Seneca: ‘Let us continually think as much about our own mortality as about that of all those we love … Now is the time for you to reflect, not only that all things are mortal, but also that their mortality is subject to no fixed law. Whatever can happen at any time can happen today.’ And from Epictetus – notoriously: "… remind yourself that what you love is mortal … at the very moment you are taking joy in something, present yourself with the opposite impressions. What harm is it, just when you are kissing your little child, to say: Tomorrow you will die, or to your friend similarly: Tomorrow one of us will go away, and we shall not see one another any more?" -- According to the philosopher Peter Adamson at King’s College London, this might be ‘the most chilling single passage in all of ancient philosophy’. But if chilling, perhaps the most misunderstood. As we have seen, Epictetus is not counselling that we should take no joy in our children, much less that we should cultivate an attitude of cold indifference to protect ourselves emotionally in case they go before their time. -- Instead, if anything, by actively reminding ourselves of our child’s mortality – even as we delight in kissing her goodnight – we render all the more salient what is most precious about her existence. As Seneca says: ‘Let us greedily enjoy our friends,’ as we should also enjoy our children, ‘because we do not know how long this privilege will be ours.’ -- In other words, Stoics can ‘afford’ to grieve as little as possible – that is, as little as Nature will allow – because they have spent their lives training in philosophy. And that means: ridding themselves of false beliefs, learning how to face the inevitable, and carefully matching their desires with the will of Zeus. So, when the worst things happen, when a child, friend or spouse is struck down in an unplanned hour, the Stoics’ muted response will reflect their hard-won preparation, not a lack of prior love or affection (as it might for you and me).'
philosophy  stoicism  loss 
29 days ago by adamcrowe
Stoicism and Christianity: Lessons, Similarities and Differences
Most people see Stoicism and Christianity as polar opposites, but the belief systems do overlap in several ways.
christianity  philosophy  religion  stoicism 
6 weeks ago by kogakure

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