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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living Hardcover – 1 January 1900
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From the team that brought you The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations--an instant Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller.Why have history's greatest minds--from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities--embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise. The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.
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--The Wall Street Journal Whether you're a lowly cubicle slave or a US Senator, this book will help you find your still center.
--Gregory Hays, translator of The Modern Library's edition of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations A generous gift of guidance on modern living culled from a canon of wisdom hatched long ago.
--Maria Popova, editor of Brain Pickings
A richly rewarding spring of practical wisdom to help you focus on what's in your control, eliminate false and limiting beliefs, and take more effective action. Make The Daily Stoic your guide and you will grow in clarity, effectiveness, and serenity each day!
--Jack Canfield, co-author of The Success Principles(TM) and the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series The Daily Stoic is a treasure for managing our choices, overcoming self-deception, and learning to act according to the true worth of things while keeping the common good always in view. Caring for the soul in this way makes not only better people, but a stronger society too.
--Joseph A. Maciariello, Professor Emeritus at The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management; author of The Daily Drucker, The Effective Executive in Action, and A Year with Peter Drucker The Daily Stoic offers all who seek a calm, wise life a daily spiritual anchor. This book will keep you strong across dark times and steady and clear no matter what your circumstances happen to be. Keep this treasure close and it will care for you."
--Sharon Lebell, interpreter of The Art of Living by Epictetus
About the Author
- Publisher : Portfolio (1 January 1900)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735211736
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735211735
- Dimensions : 14.68 x 3.58 x 21.67 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cycling through the whole book over a year is recommended, but once you've done that, it can be worthwhile dipping into it in subsequent years.
The structure of the book is based on a quote from an ancient text, and then a page or two discussing the quote and putting it in context. Massimo Pigliucci's podcast "Stoic Meditations" provides a similar model in spoken word form, if that suits you better.
Overall recommended, but not in isolation. If you just wanting to know more about Stoic philosophy in general, start with the original texts (especially Epictetus) and some of the modern reinterpretations, such as those by Pigliucci or William Irvine. If, however, you have decided that this is the life philosophy you want to commit to, going through this book is a good practice for your first year in.
It's a great read. The transkation if the teachings of Epictetus, Seneca and others are easy to absorb.
Taking the whole year, doing one page a day let me sit down and ponder on the days subject. Aligning it to my life and how I could change the way I viewed certain things happening in my life.
Worth it if you are into philosophy.
Yes, you can get raw translations of the source of these snippets, but the daily stoic helps guide the analysis of the philosophy so it prompts deeper thinking - that is where the value is.
Well thought out, life changing and motivating!
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Though they are in English they are firmly aimed at a US audience. They are full of references to Lincoln, Washington and other individuals from the short history of the United States. This is jarring and an annoyance. With a wealth of history to choose from it's a shame that the author was unable to find better common reference points for English speakers.
I have to say the daily musings on both, particularly death completely altered the way I was coping (catastophising) and as a result I saw the diagnosis for what it was, got my head in order and accepted whatever was to come along. After almost a year of treatments, including a full gastrectomy, two lots of chemo and radiotherapy I’m still using the book daily and referring back to it whenever I feel the need.
Ok this is probably an extreme case for a review but for £8, the price of a few coffees, it’s been invaluable. Whatever is round the corner for me in the future who knows but it’s pointless worrying now about it. Buy it if you want some real world perspective on life and your role in it, you won’t be disappointed.
The 366 meditations offer a page a day of stoic wisdom. No complaints so far it's all been good stuff, some has made me think again and been helpful. I think I am going to like stoicism.
The Stoics had the view that life can be very difficult!
Stoicism has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic.
Stoicism doesn’t concern itself with complicated theories about the world, but with helping us overcome destructive emotions and act on what can be acted upon. It’s built for action, not endless debate.
Stoics take time each day to look inwards and reflect on our shortcomings and review how the day went and see if there is anything we could have done better. Doing this daily helps us to refine our habits towards what we really want to do with our lives, pushes us to do more and see obstacles as something to be overcome.
I havent made a huge study of the stoics yet but what I have discovered has been good and is helping me to give life direction and feel a sense of purpose. I already feel more in control and satisfied because of it.
This book is more self-help than all the other self-help books put together. It's not 'preachy' just practical. The format is a ideal. Each day of the year has a quote from a famous Stoic and brief comment on the quote. It doesn't tell you 'do this and that will happen'. It asks you to ask questions of yourself. Two or three minutes reading in the morning and a whole day of thinking. You will get out of this what you put into it. If you're new to Stoicism the views may surprise you. If you're an old hand Stoic it's a great way to start the day.
This book could change your life. To what degree is up to you.
In this book grandads Seneca, Epictetus and grumpy uncle Marcus will give it to you straight. In their day it really was tough.
I read this book everyday and it has been a springboard into further philosophical research, something I’d never have previously considered.
I recommend this book to everyone, it benefited an angry, frustrated misery like me enormously. Imagine what it could do for you.