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The Daily Stoic
366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Ryan Holiday - Oct 18, 2016
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A beautifully packaged, gifty daily devotional of Stoic wisdom, from the author of The Obstacle is the Way. Modern readers praise Stoic philosophy for its unique blend of practicality and wisdom. But it's admittedly hard for the average reader to decipher the Dover Thrift edition of Marcus Aurelius' work. The antiquated, needlessly formal language ...
Marcus Aurelius - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
A Guide to the Good Life
The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
William B. Irvine - Nov 04, 2008
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One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still ...
The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Ryan Holiday - May 01, 2014
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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obst...
How to Be a Stoic
Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life
Massimo Pigliucci - May 08, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish todayWhenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicis...
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Stoicism and the Art of Happiness
Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life (Teach Yourself)
Donald Robertson - Nov 27, 2018 (first published in 2013)
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The stoics lived a long time ago, but they had some startling insights into the human condition-insights which endure to this day. The philosophical tradition, founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in 301 BC, endured as an active movement for almost 500 years, and contributions from dazzling minds such as Cicero, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius helped cr...
Letters from a Stoic
Lucius Annaeus Seneca - Jul 30, 1969 (first published in 1964)
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The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. - A.D. 65) acquired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca's...
Discourses and Selected Writings
Epictetus - Nov 25, 2008
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A new translation of the influential teachings of the great Stoic philosopherDESPITE BEING BORN into slavery, Greco-Roman philosopher Epictetus became one of the most influential thinkers of his time. Discourses and Selected Writings is a transcribed collection of informal lectures given by the philosopher around AD 108. A gateway into the life and...
John Sellars - Jul 19, 2006
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One of the most popular of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy in antiquity, Stoicism flourished for some five hundred years and has remained a constant presence throughout the history of Western philosophy. Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. This book provi...
The Practicing Stoic
A Philosophical User's Manual
Ward Farnsworth - Apr 01, 2018
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The great insights of the Stoics are spread over a wide range of ancient sources. This book brings them all together for the first time. It systematically presents what the various Stoic philosophers said on every important topic, accompanied by an eloquent commentary that is clear and concise. The result is a set of philosophy lessons for everyone...
Ego Is the Enemy
Ryan Holiday - Jun 14, 2016
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“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive, visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.” – from the P...
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson
The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics by Brad Inwood
Courage Under Fire by James B. Stockdale
The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Donald Robertson
A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker
Art of Living by Epictetus
Rome's Last Citizen by Rob Goodman
Dying Every Day by James Romm
The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot
Musonius Rufus by Cynthia King
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Letters on Ethics by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Enchiridion by Epictetus
The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday
Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans
The Beginner's Guide to Stoicism by Matthew Van Natta
Stoicism and Emotion by Margaret Graver
Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
Fragments by Heraclitus
Discourses, Fragments, Handbook by Epictetus
Philosophy as a Way of Life by Pierre Hadot
Lessons in Stoicism by John Sellars
Happy by Derren Brown
Unshakable Freedom by Chuck Chakrapani
The Art of Living by John Sellars
Philosophy of Chrysippus by Josiah B. Gould
Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon
The Moral Sayings Of Publius Syrus by Publius Syrus
Anger, Mercy, Revenge by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Hardship and Happiness by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
On Benefits by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Marcus Aurelius by William O. Stephens
The Stoics by F H Sandbach
The Greatest Empire by Emily Wilson
The Essential Epicurus by Epicurus
How to Live a Good Life by Massimo Pigliucci
A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
Principles by Ray Dalio
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne
Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts by Bruce Lee
The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Endure by Alex Hutchinson
Plutarch's Lives by Plutarch
Essays by Michel de Montaigne
Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Think Like a Warrior by Darrin Donnelly
Relentless Optimism by Darrin Donnelly
Nature and Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Old School Grit by Darrin Donnelly
The Therapy of Desire by Martha C. Nussbaum
The Art Of Extraordinary Confidence by Dr. Aziz Gazipura PsyD
Your User's Manual by Anderson Silver
The Present Alone is Our Happiness by Pierre Hadot
Stoic Studies by A. A. Long
Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy by Susanne Bobzien
Selected Letters by Seneca
The Stoic Life by Tad Brennan
An Essay on the Unity of Stoic Philosophy by Johnny Christensen
Courage in the Democratic Polis by Ryan K. Balot
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Backbone by Karen Duffy
SPQR by Mary Beard
In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
The Morality of Happiness by Julia Annas
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Not Nice by Dr Aziz Gazipura
On the Good Life by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Epictetus by A. A. Long
Lives of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius
How to Die by Seneca
The Attention Revolution by B. Alan Wallace
Greek Buddha by Christopher I. Beckwith
Nonsense on Stilts by Massimo Pigliucci
Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein
Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Marcus Aurelius by Christopher Gill
Stoicism Today by Patrick Ussher