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To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine

“Whenever you take offense at someone’s wrongdoing, immediately turn to your own similar failings, such as seeing money as good, or pleasure, or a little fame—whatever form it takes. By thinking on this, you’ll quickly forget your anger, considering also what compels them—for what else could they do? Or, if you are able, remove their […]

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Why Anger Is Your Worst Enemy

“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on—it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance—unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man […]

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Remind Yourself of the Impermanence of Things

“When giving your child or wife a kiss, repeat to yourself, ‘I am kissing a mortal.’” – EpictetusChange is a universal law of nature. Things are changing constantly. Life is ephemeral—people we care about may be snatched from us in a snap, without warning. This is why Marcus Aurelius often reminds himself of the time as […]

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The Anti-Puppet Mindset

“If a person gave away your body to some passersby, you’d be furious. Yet you hand over your mind to anyone who comes along, so they may abuse you, leaving it disturbed and troubled—have you no shame in that?” – EpictetusWe get jerked around by external things and unquestioned impulses all the time. Like puppets, […]

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The Equanimity Game

“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.” – Marcus AureliusWe all get caught off guard from time to time. Not just by major events, but […]

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Why Stoicism Is Relevant Today

Is it possible that what the Stoics taught and practiced in times of gladiators is still relevant today?Hell yeah, as it turns out. Studying Stoicism and practicing its ideas can be immensely useful in today’s demanding world.The wisdom of this ancient philosophy is timeless, and its value in the quest for a happy and meaningful […]

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