366 meditations on wisdom, perseverance and the art of living

The Daily Stoic. By Ryan Holiday

This is superb in any version. It’s a must read. I have it on my kindle as a paper bag and also now has an audio copy from audible.co.uk. The bite-size pieces of daily wisdom from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus are profound and insightful. It is remarkable how wisdom from 2000 years […]
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The Daily Stoic. By Ryan HolidayBook Review by Jonathan Bowman-Perks

This is superb in any version. It’s a must read.

I have it on my kindle as a paper bag and also now has an audio copy from audible.co.uk. The bite-size pieces of daily wisdom from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus are profound and insightful. It is remarkable how wisdom from 2000 years ago is still highly relevant today. For example the Emperor Marcus Aurelius was coping with the Anthony and plague which killed millions just as we are going through a pandemic and he spent 19 years in the forests of Hungary Austria and southern Germany fighting The Huns.

 

Ryan takes quotes from the old Stoic Philosophers and adds a modern twist and interpretation to make it highly relevant for us today. This is the first thing I read when I wake up sets me in the right frame of mind. Never read the news first thing it always depresses you but do you read the daily stoic.

 

a few of my favourites:

  1. “Self knowledge is freedom”

    Epictetus 

  2. “If it’s not right, don’t do it.
    If it’s not true, don’t say it.”

    Emperor Marcus Aurelius

  3. “If a little is not enough for you, nothing is.”

    Epicurus

  4. Receive honours & slights the same way

    Receive without pride, let go without attachment.”

    Marcus Aurelius Meditations

  5. The easiest thing of all is to deceive oneself because we believe whatever we want to believe.

    Demosthenes

  6. Self-deception is the enemy

    “It impossible for a person to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows” 

    Epictetus

  7. “Often injustice lies in what you ARE NOT doing, not in what you ARE doing.”

    Marcus Aurelius meditations

  8. Build a rest ethic as strong as your work ethic

    True rest is Noble Leisure. It fills your life with meaning.

    Aristotle 

  9. Manage the unavoidable 

    Avoid the unmanageable 

    Stoic wisdom

  10. “The tranquillity that comes when you stop caring what they think.
    Or say. Or do. 

    Only what you do.”

    Marcus Aurelius

– Jonathan Bowman-Perks

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