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“We can choose whether to go with the world the way it is, or be dragged along kicking and screaming.”
“Stoic cosmopolitanism... helps us cultivate a feeling of belonging, wherever we are and whoever we are with.”
“We could all do with a little more civility, a little more grace and graciousness in our lives. There is no shame in being decent, understanding, and non-strident; in fact, that’s where virtue lies.”
“If you struggle with disorder in your actions and environment – if your life is a bit chaotic or unorganized – remind yourself that orderliness starts on the inside.”
“Regardless of how mistaken you believe someone else to be, mocking or abusing them (as Epictetus once said) is not the way to lead them back to the proper path; that will usually just turn them against you even more. ”
“You don’t depend on other people or circumstances for a good life. Instead, you possess the inner resources to find joy whatever you are doing.”
“You have all the raw material to become wise, courageous, self-controlled, fair, and benevolent toward others.”
“So let’s remember, as we look for moral teachers, that while theory is important, so is
“So instead of giving in to pity, let’s train ourselves to truly help others by showing rational love and Stoic goodwill.”
“As Stoics, one of our primary tasks is learning to see the world clearly and accurately.”
“Despite our love of truth, though, difficulties arise because the truth is not always obvious or easy to understand.”
We all have moments when we need to tame our mind. Perhaps you feel yourself starting to become angry, or anxious, or just overwhelmed by everything you have to do.
The unfortunate thing about desires is that they’re more like fast-spreading ivy than pretty potted plants: they tend to get out of control very quickly.
As Stoics we often talk about living a good life and being happy. And it goes without saying that we all want to be happy.