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30 Stoic Quotes On Confronting And Discarding Anxiety

There is this constant feeling that there’s always something else we should be doing. We take a short vacation and there is this nagging guilt about the work we’re leaving undone. When we’re with our children, we think about our obligations and when we are busy with our obligations we...
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A Universal Philosophy: Great Insights From Female Stoics

Online (and historically), Stoicism can appear to be a male-bent philosophy. This runs contrary to the fact that one of the founding members of Stoicism, Musonius Rufus, said that to study philosophy is simply for someone to “search out and consider how they may lead good lives.” This provoked by...
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It Helps To Be A Little Deaf

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was given a little piece of advice on her wedding day by her mother in law: "In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf." Ginsburg would say she applied it to her job too: "I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the...
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The Perils of ‘Comfort Inflation’

It’s so easy to take progress and luxury for granted. Warren Buffet has talked about how somebody today—with the comforts of heating and air conditioning—has what a 15th-century king could have only dreamed of: being cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Yet how many of us have...
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Stoicism And The Quest For A Life Well Lived: An Interview With U.S. Naval Academy Professor Marcus Hedahl

As we talk about extensively here at Daily Stoic, philosophy is not just about talking or lecturing, or even reading long, dense books. In fact, it is something men and women of action use—and have used throughout history—to solve their problems and achieve their greatest triumphs. Not in the classroom,...
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Don’t Limit Yourself

Epicurus’s dictum was that “One sage is no wiser than another.” Clearly, Seneca agreed with this idea because he loved quoting Epicurus, even though he belonged to a rival school. His famous line was that he’d quote even a bad author if the line was good. This is a good...
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Stoicism And Living A “Rich Life”: An Interview With Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi is a New York Times bestselling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and founder of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com and GrowthLab.com. What started as a personal finance blog while studying technology and psychology at Stanford, Ramit has built I Will Teach You To Be Rich into a massive business that has helped over...
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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...