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 it be damning God, the …

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15 Stoic Quotes On Friendship

Some people imagine that Stoicism involves for an unfeeling approach to other people. To counter this misconception, consider this from Seneca: This is the first promise that philosophy holds out to us: fellow-feeling, humanity, sociability. — Seneca, Epistles 5.4 Friendship has been a constant topic for philosophers. Cicero has a wonderful essay On Friendship (recently …

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