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366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living

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The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman is a daily devotional that draws on the teachings of Stoic philosophers to help readers find inner peace and perspective.

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    Examine both yourself and the company you keep.

    For the Stoics, philosophy begins with self-examination.

    The great Stoic teacher of the second century CE, Epictetus, said we become philosophers the moment we first examine our preconceived notions, and ask questions about our emotions, beliefs, and even the words we use each day. This is the way that we begin to investigate our own mind. 

    Self-examination is no easy task, of course. Ego and self-deception will try to thwart your quest for self-knowledge, assuring you that you already know yourself. But remember the words of Epictetus: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” So, as you examine yourself, stay humble, stay open and receptive, like a good student. 

    What you see might be hard to look at: weaknesses, bad habits, pride and self-regard. Push through the pain. Keep looking. It’s important to take stock of everything, even if it’s uncomfortable. If you don’t take an honest look at your less lovely qualities, you’ll never be able to work toward changing them.

    In addition to self-reflection, it’s also important to be aware of those around you.

    The people you spend your time with will influence the kind of person you become. If you’re around people who push you to be better, you’ll improve. Of course, the opposite is also true.

    The Roman playwright and philosopher Seneca, who was a generation older than Epictetus, advised that we should each keep someone in mind whom we respect and admire. The mere thought that someone is witnessing and sympathetically judging our behavior, Seneca said, will help us.

    Point is: if you get to know yourself and others better, you’ll be able to see your actions in a clearer light. And this clarity will help you choose actions that are courageous, wise, moderate, and just.

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    What is The Daily Stoic about?

    The Daily Stoic (2016) is a collection of daily meditations drawn from the wisdom of the Stoic philosophers who lived in the Roman Empire. The writings of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca and slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus all provide thoughtful material for the authors to refashion and refresh. These blinks promote self-reflection, while encouraging the reader to value serenity and life itself.

    The Daily Stoic Review

    The Daily Stoic (2016) explores the ancient philosophy of Stoicism and provides readers with daily meditations and practices to cultivate inner strength and wisdom. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical wisdom and timeless advice that can be applied to everyday life, allowing readers to navigate challenges with resilience and grace.
    • By combining philosophical teachings with historical anecdotes, the book provides a rich understanding of Stoicism and its relevance in the modern world.
    • With its thought-provoking daily reflections and insightful commentary, the book keeps readers engaged and motivated to incorporate Stoic principles into their lives.

    Best quote from The Daily Stoic

    It isnt events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them. - Epictetus

    —Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman
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    Who should read The Daily Stoic?

    • Wallflowers lacking self-confidence
    • Exhausted workers looking for new perspectives and a sense of purpose
    • Platonists and students of philosophy

    About the Author

    Ryan Holiday is an American author, media strategist, and bookstore owner. He’s also the host of the Daily Stoic podcast. His other books include Lives of the Stoics, Courage is Calling, and The Obstacle is the Way.

    Stephen Hanselman is a publisher and literary agent. He studied at Fresno Pacific University and obtained a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. The Daily Stoic is his first book as an author.

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    The main message of The Daily Stoic is to adopt Stoic philosophy in daily life for personal growth and inner peace.

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    Who is the author of The Daily Stoic?

    The authors of The Daily Stoic are Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.

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