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    “It is clear to you, I am sure, Lucilius, that no man can live a happy life, or even a supportable life, without the study of wisdom.” — Seneca We know what you’re thinking. What do the Stoics know about being happy? Isn’t a Stoic resigned to whatever happens?  Isn’t a Stoic supposed to be an […]

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      “It’s better to conquer grief than to deceive it.” Seneca, Consolation to Helvia, 17.1b Death and loss are recurring themes in the classic Stoic texts because they are recurring themes across all human life. People we love die, people we need die, people we don’t know die, and eventually, we will die ourselves. The […]

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    The struggle to find and hold on to motivation isn’t new.   Consider the argument the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius has with himself in the opening of book 5 of his Meditations, written over two thousand years ago: At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work […]

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