Can Stoics Be Charismatic?

I’m an aspiring Stoic. Emphasis on the word aspiring. When I share this burgeoning desire with friends or show family members I’m reading a book on Epictetus, the response is universal: “A Stoic? But you’re so friendly.” When most people hear the word ‘Stoic’ they conjure up a mental cliche of an unsmiling, unexpressive, stiff. … Continued

The Body is a Garden, The Will is a Gardener

The post below was originally sent as part of the Daily Stoic email where we bring you one Stoic meditation per day. When you sign up, you will also automatically get a free 7-day deep dive into Stoicism—from an introduction to the most popular resources to Stoic exercises. Sign up now! You probably don’t know … Continued

Integrity Has No Need Of Rules

“If it is not RIGHT do not do it; If it is not TRUE do not say it” – Marcus Aurelius One word we do not hear from the Stoics, is integrity. They saw it as part of being human – part of being virtuous. I am not sure of the social, political or cultural … Continued

The Definitive List of Stoicism in History & Pop Culture

As Stoicism has seen a cultural resurgence we wanted to compile a list of the people who have embraced or admired the philosophy and in the process explain why many of them have embraced it and found within it a tool in the pursuit of self-mastery, perseverance, and wisdom: something one uses to live a … Continued

Fear Is A Friend Of Exceptional People

“I believe a man is a professional when he can do what needs to be done no matter how he feels within. An amateur is an amateur in his attitude emotionally. A professional is a professional in the way he thinks and feels and in his ability to execute under the most trying conditions” – Cus … Continued

28 Books On Stoicism: The (Hopefully) Ultimate Reading List

This is a guest post by Hristo Vassilev. If you’d like to contribute to The Daily Stoic, please get in touch. The best part about Stoicism is that you can go to the primary texts, read them and feel like they were written yesterday, not 2000 years ago. You can pick up Seneca, Marcus Aurelius or Epictetus and … Continued

Stoicism and Compassion: A False Dichotomy

A couple summers ago, I was reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations on a plane ride back from Africa. I usually carry it with me, especially when I’m traveling. “What are you reading?” said the man next to me, who was flipping through a glossy Esquire, or something like that. “Meditations by Marcus Aurelius,” I responded. “Oh, … Continued

Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

Alright, you’ve probably read a zillion articles about happiness online and you’re not a zillion times happier. What gives? Reading ain’t the same as doing. You wouldn’t expect to read some martial arts books and then go kick ass like Bruce Lee, would you? All behavior, all changes, must be trained. The ancient Stoics knew … Continued