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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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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...
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How To Be A Stoic: An Interview With Author Elif Batuman

There’s been quite a surge of stories on Stoicism lately—appearing everywhere from influential blogs to prestigious outlets like Sports Illustrated, New York Times, The Guardian and The Atlantic. One of the pieces that caught our attention was "How to Be a Stoic" in The New Yorker. It’s by Elif Batuman,...
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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...
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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...
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Amor Fati: The Immense Power of Learning To Love Your Fate

I have “AMOR FATI” tattooed on the inside of my right forearm.  When I went to have it done, after a full year of consideration, the tattoo artist asked me which direction I’d like to have it face. “Toward me,” I answered. “Upside down?” he responded looking at me with...
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Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology: An Interview With Daniele Bolelli

There are certain individuals who can’t be put into a single category. Daniele Bolelli is one of those people. He is a successful author, a university professor, a professional martial artist and a podcast host (and a philosopher and a father and a historian). Perhaps you know him for his...
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Who Is Zeno? An Introduction to the Founder of Stoicism

INTRODUCTION   The great Galen, a prominent Greek physician in the Roman Empire, at one point suffered the loss of all his work and books. In a clear example of what we can call a virtuous Stoic response, he wrote that “the fact that, after the loss of the totality...
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Who Is Cato? Roman Senator. Mortal Enemy of Julius Caesar.

For George Washington and the entire revolutionary generation, Cato was Liberty—the last man standing when Rome’s Republic fell. For centuries of philosophers and theologians, Cato was the Good Suicide—the most principled, most persuasive exception to the rule against self-slaughter. For Julius Caesar, the dictator who famously pardoned every opponent, Cato...
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5 Stoic Exercises That Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur

Very few ancient philosophies can be traced back to an entrepreneur, but one can: Stoicism. Around 304 BC, a merchant named Zeno was shipwrecked on a trading voyage. He lost nearly everything. Making his way to Athens, he was introduced to philosophy by Crates of Thebes, a famous Cynic, which...
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For The Love of Wisdom: An Interview with Jennifer Baker

I initially connected with Jennifer Baker through her piece on Stoicism with the unexpected title "Can Charlie Brown be Happy?" I had a million questions and I’m sure you do too.  Before we get to that, a bit of background. Jennifer is currently a professor at the College of Charleston...