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Memoirs Of Hadrian: Book Summary, Key Lessons and Best Quotes

What is it that attracts the modern thinker to works of philosophy? Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and others: it’s almost surprising how relevant their insight remains in the modern-day. As we know, some of the most profound pieces of philosophy have come from ancient Greece and Rome, and while this...
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Good Morning, Good Life: An Interview With Amy Landino

The Stoics believed in the power of ritual, particularly at the beginning and the end of the day. For them, routines and rituals were not productivity hacks, but ways of living. In a world where so much was out of our control, committing to a practice we did control was...
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Who Is Cicero? Getting To Know Rome’s Greatest Politician

Introduction: Cicero was born on January 3rd, 106 BC in Arpinum, a hilltop settlement located southeast of Rome. His father was part of the equestrian order, which was the second most elite group of property-based classes in Rome. Little is known about Cicero’s mother, Helvia, though it’s likely that she...
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5 Timeless Life Lessons From Marcus Aurelius

With the title “Roman Emperor,” you might think life would have been easy for Marcus Aurelius, but it wasn’t. Within the first year of his reign, one of Rome’s client states, Armenia, was seized by their common enemy, the Parthians. War ensued to reclaim Armenia as Aurelius faced other difficulties...
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Teaching Children About Ancient Philosophy: An Interview With Entrepreneur, Investor, and Author Eric J. Wilhelm

We’re often asked here at Daily Stoic about the best way to teach kids about Stoicism. How can we get our children interested in an ancient school of philosophy? How can we get them to see the value in applying the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, Cleanthes, Chrysippus, and...
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How To Teach Your Children About Stoicism

The ancients believed that character is fate. That what we are taught when we are young, the lessons we absorb into our DNA, in effect, determines what kind of people we are going to be.  You believe that too. Or you wouldn’t be so worried about your kids. The reason...
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A Stoic Guide to Climate Change

Stoicism serves well as a practical system of values for confronting modern-day dilemmas. And there is perhaps no more imposing set of problems facing society today than climate change and global warming. The question is, how can a philosophy founded thousands of years ago help us respond to the climate...
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Anger Management: 8 Strategies Backed By Two Thousand Years of Practice

For as long as there have been people, there have been people doing stupid things because they were angry.  Moses killing the Egyptian, Xerxes lashing the river, Alexander the Great brawling and killing his best friend, Caligula declaring war against the sea, Ivan the Terrible killing his own son. Me?...
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4 Travel Destinations for the Adventurous Stoic

More than a thousand years ago, the famed Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca wrote to his friend, Lucilius Junior, the procurator of Sicily, “Every time you go out, your old desires are stirred anew, even before you reach your destination.” To him, traveling often was a sure sign that one’s mind...
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4 Ways to Wake Up Like a Stoic

What do successful people have in common? They’re hardworking, sure. They’re motivated. They have a vision. Interestingly, an overwhelming number of them also have a morning routine. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and the founder of Twitter, meditates every morning and then jogs six miles. Jeff Bezos refuses to accept...