An introduction to stoicism

Worthy: An Introduction to Stoicism (Article)

For Christmas I bought all members of my immediate family a moleskin journal and a hardback copy of The Daily Stoic. I didn’t plan on buying this book. I just knew I wanted to buy everyone a journal and something cool to read. So when I saw three copies left of The Daily Stoic on the bookshelf at Barnes and Noble, my decision became pretty easy. (A copy for my mom, dad, and sister.)

I didn’t plan on buying this book. I just knew I wanted to buy everyone a journal and something cool to read. So when I saw three copies left of The Daily Stoic on the bookshelf at Barnes and Noble, my decision became pretty easy. (A copy for my mom, dad, and sister.)

After buying the book I decided to check the author out. This led me to his website that preceded the book. On his website,I subscribed to his newsletter and was sent this 10-page PDF. It’s an introduction to Stoicism.

For those who don’t know (I didn’t): “Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions.” (Wikipedia)

The introduction is an easy read and will inspire you to live life better. Here are some quotes from the PDF…

In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices. -Epictetus

We must all wear out or rust out, everyone of us. My choice is to wear out. -Teddy Roosevelt

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school… it is to solve some of the problems of life not only theoretically, but practically. -Henry David Thoreau

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