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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living Hardcover – October 18, 2016
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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.
—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™ and the Chicken Soup for the Soul® 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
Stephen Hanselman has worked for more than three decades in publishing as a bookseller, publisher and literary agent. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he received a master's degree while also studying extensively in Harvard's philosophy department. He lives with his family in South Orange, New Jersey.
- Publisher : Portfolio (October 18, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735211736
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735211735
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.41 x 8.54 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I wish I had discovered Stoicism 30 years ago when I was a young man just starting my life and career. The good news is I can pass this on to my children and grandchildren.
I have made gifts of several of Ryan’s books to family. Ryan puts the Stoic philosophy into a more understandable and relatable for the modern world. Stoicism is no less important now, in fact I would argue ar argue it is
1.A triumph becomes a trial, a trial becomes a triumph. Life can change in an instant.
2.Good habits drive out bad habits.
3.Want nothing = have everything.
There are still so many other quotes that we can get, internalize as part of our wisdom and apply in our lives.
Thank you Sirs Ryan and Stephen for this book. 😀
Reading a page of this book as part of my morning ritual everyday through the year has been my leveling factor. The Daily Stoic is age old bite size wisdom from the Roman emperors and greats such as Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca, Cato etc and excellently interpreted by Ryan Holiday. I'm going to continue reading this in 2023 and beyond as long as I have the ability to read, understand and internalize.
It isn't a book, it is a way of life. Cannot recommend it enough and can't be more grateful to have stumbled on this gem.
And "it always matters"
This is a great meditation or devotional, you choose. It's a way to fortify your practice.
This book offers daily “kick-starts” that will help set your mind each day. They’ll help you filter out a lot of mental nonsense - your own or others, lol - and stay grounded and focused.
The daily readings are brief: a quote from a Stoic philosopher, followed by a brief reflection from the author.
If you’re looking to start the day with something inspiring but not religious, I think you will enjoy this book.
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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.
It's arrogance is also unbridled, within the first 2 paragraphs you are being told that watching tv or eating, thats right, the act of eating, are wastes of your time and that studying "philosophy" should be your utmost focus as studying philosophy is apparently the one and only form of "freedom" in this reality.
Another way in which it is vomit inducingly arrogant is how frequently the "author" blows smoke up his own a to inflate his ego, no more than 5 pages in and you already start reading paragraphs that start by reminding you of the basic principles of stoicism but then drop those matters and say things like "as well as the organization of this book". The book is about stoicism and claims to contain "some of the greatest wisdomn in the history of the world" but this "wisdom" keeps getting interrupted by the author trying to shill a book that you have already bought. Paragraphs are constantly interrupted by the author chirping in to say " hey, yeah stoicism is cool and all and those quotes sure are something but you NEED this book in your days, you need to read what I have organized"
It is also self contradicting a ridiculous amount.First extoling the virtues of accepting the things we cant change and focusing on the things we can and as mentioned outright infers that sitting around reading philosophy is more important than even feeding yourself yet just a couple of pages later we get an entire page dedicated to telling us that we need to have plans and those plans need to be elaborate and everything needs to be planned to the bitter end because we need to have plans so that we can spend every second of the day focusing on those and those alone........so which is it? should I be reading philosophy because that is the one path to "freedom" or should I be out in the real world working myself to the bone for a distant goal because apparently the end is the only thing that matters and there is no time for happines along the way?
Another example of self contradiction: It gives a quote from Marcus Aurelius "A person who doesn't know their purpose in life doesn't know who they are or what the universe is". So even at the early stage in the book where this quote appears we have been told that reading philosophy is more important than feeding ourselves, that we need to have all things planned out because apparently life is smooth sailing and planning every iota is an easy task and we should then spend every waking second of every day fixated on that end target at the expense of ignoring literally everyone and everything else and now it has been reinforced that if we do not have our entire lives already planned out that we posses " no knowledge". Stoicism is not the principle of easy living and having everything laid out for you start to finish, its about virtue, about remaining composed even in trying times, its about using your own perception to live the best life you personally can. If you are 20 years old and dont have the next 50 years of your life planned out down to the last second that doesnt mean you cant embody the principles of stoicism.
This one is more likely to be subjective but I will include it here anyway, perhaps I am not a "stoic" as per this books definition. It talks about accepting not being able to control outside forces and events but controlling our reaction to them, which is largely useless. If someone at work gets promoted you can choose whether to dwell on it and be bitter or be happy for that persons success, there are occasions where you can think one way or the other, but mostly that is not the case. If you hear a news story about a fatal car crash what then? Unless you are an actual psycopath there is no way to spin that in your own mind as being a good event that happened that day and you are now better off for hearing it.
There are numerous pages that open with something along the lines of "the famous such and such once told a story", the author then drops that, doesnt give any information about what said story was or the context but finishes off the page acting as though they have just dropped some mind blowing knowledge that will forever change your perspective of life and of yourself but factually they said literally nothing.
Here is one page in particular that stuck with me after finishing the book and not for good reasons. One page talks about the "circle of control" and reminds us to focus on what we can control and filter what we cant, it goes on to say that the only thing in our circle is our mind, that even our physical bodies are not entirely within our control and gives 2 examples. 1: We could be struck with an illness or impairment, ok fine, that is fair to say.
2: "you coud be travelling in a foregin country and be thrown in jail" One of the dumbest sentences I have read in my entire life. How on earth is commiting a crime big enough to land you in jail not in your control? on top of that how is commiting a felony in any way,shape or form on par with being inflicted with a physical impairment?
It is complete and utter tripe, it is something people want to have on their shelves to act like they are high brow when in reality the substance of the book is about as vapid as a colour by numbers on the back of a childs cereal box.
Stoicism is *not* the discipline of forsaking literally everything else, including the most basic survival instinct (eating) to spend every conceivable hour staring at a book, which is the idealogoyu that this book prattles on about for the better part of 400 pages. You can watch tv, you can have a snack, you can enjoy the lttle things in life, that doesnt mean you are opposing the principle beleifs of stoicism.
It's self contradicting, judgemental, hypocritical and overall just very very dumb. Even if you have the patience to read through the never ending stream of blatant contradictions, self importance, dead end paragraphs and instantly dropped references you will not learn anything from this book. If anyone has read this and somehow truly come away with it feeling in any way better for having read it, good for them but personally I do not get it, it is a very vapid, inconsistent and more often than not incorrect interpretation of stoicism
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.