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What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism. A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC,...
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20 Stoic Quotes On Handling Adversity

History tends to show that Stoicism is often popular during times of difficulty or uncertainty. We’re in a resurgence of Stoicism precisely for that reason. Times are tumultuous and obstacles and adversities are plenty. The Stoic philosophers struggled just the same, which is why they write extensively about dealing with...
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Stoicism And Overcoming Clinical Depression: An Interview With Henry Manampiring

Henry Manampiring discovered Stoicism in the middle of a clinical depression episode. Through his reading and practice, Stoicism allowed Manampiring—to his doctor's astonishment— to stop taking the prescribed medication and fully overcome depression. He now works as an independent consultant. He is also a well-known blogger, he has one of the...
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A Stoic Response to Complaining

“Don’t be overheard complaining...Not even to yourself.”   — Marcus Aurelius, 8.9 Complaining is easy. It’s as natural to us as breathing. Complaining is describing something—an event, an experience, a person—negatively without any indication of next steps or plans to fix the problem. It requires little thinking and zero action. Whether...
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Study The Lives of The Greats

It would be this Sunday that in the year 1813, General William Henry Harrison sent three volumes of an ancient book to his 15 year old son, John. The book was Plutarch's Lives, long a favorite of successful men and women throughout history. Indeed, the General would inscribe the first volume...
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Don’t Be A Snowflake

A few years ago, conservative commentators in America began using a term for young college students--mostly liberal--who insisted on #noplatforming speakers they disagreed with: Snowflakes. It was said with both a sneer and well-meaning wisdom because the world just isn’t going to work if you think you can block out...
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Success or Failure—Neither Reflect On You

Just a few weeks ago, the writer Austin Murphy wrote an insightful, revealing article for The Atlantic that personalized the changing nature of the economic and technological landscape in the 21st-century western world. Murphy is one of the most successful sportswriters of his generation. He worked for Sports Illustrated for...
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Women In Stoicism: Past & Present

When writing about any of the great ancient Stoic philosophers—like ediarcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, Cato, Zeno, Cleanthes, Hecato, or Musonius Rufus—it’s important to remember that these are only the Stoics whose names survive to us. It’s a great miracle that Marcus Aurelius’s private journal, Seneca’s letters, Arrian’s notes of Epictetus’s...
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Stoicism And Digital Minimalism: An Interview With Computer Scientist And Bestselling Author Cal Newport

The unassuming Georgetown computer science professor Cal Newport has become one of this generation’s leading voices on how we can all work more wisely and more deeply. In his latest book Digital Minimalism: Choosing A Focused Life In A Noisy World, which just released this week, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved...
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Stoicism, Breaking Down Boundaries, And The Power Of Perception: An Interview With Blind Dressage Rider Verity Smith

Verity Smith is a blind international dressage rider, singer, songwriter and author. Due to a rare genetic disorder, Smith gradually lost her vision from the age of eight, becoming registered as officially blind by 16. She started riding horses at the age of 3 and competing on horseback since the...
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If It’s Not Simple, It’s Bullshit

There’s not much in Stoicism that’s particularly groundbreaking: Focus on what you can control. Be a good person. Manage your emotions. A lot of the famous Stoic quotes are pretty basic too: Epictetus: “It’s not things that upset us, it’s our judgement about things.” Marcus Aurelius: “You have power over...