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The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual by [Ward Farnsworth]

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Stoicism is the most helpful and practical philosophy ever devised. Its intention is to help people find happiness by things differently about their lives and their problems. The advice the Stoics provided centuries ago is still the best anyone has offered, and it's as useful today as it was then - or more. When anyone today says something 'really wise, ' the Stoics usually said it first.

Today the word "stoicism" is often used to mean suffering without complaint, but the true ideas, and ideals, of the Stoics are far more powerful and interesting. Stoicism means knowing the difference between what we can control and what we can't, and not worrying about the latter. The Stoics were masters of perspective, always taking the long view while remembering that life is short. And they were deep and insightful students of human nature, understanding how we manage to make ourselves miserable as well as how we seek and can find fulfillment. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Praise for The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual (Godine, 2018):

"It is reported that upon Seneca’s tomb are written the words, Who’s Minding the Stoa? He would be pleased to know the answer is Ward Farnsworth.”―David Mamet

"This is a book any thoughtful person will be glad to have along as a companion for an extended weekend or, indeed, for that protracted journey we call life.”―The New Criterion

"This sturdy and engaging introductory text consists mostly of excerpts from the ancient Greek and Roman Stoic philosophers, especially Seneca (4 BCE–65), Epictetus (c. 55–135) through his student Arrian, and Marcus Aurelius (121–80) as well as that trio’s philosophical confreres, from the earlier Hellenic Stoics and Cicero to such contemporaries as Plutarch to moderns, including Montaigne, Adam Smith, and Schopenhauer… A philosophy to live by, Stoicism may remind many of Buddhism and Quakerism, for it asks of practitioners something very similar to what those disciplines call mindfulness." ― Booklist

Praise for Farnsworth's Classical English Style (Godine, 2020):

"For writers aspiring to master the craft, Farnsworth shows how it’s done. For lovers of language, he provides waves of sheer pleasure."―Steven Pinker

"An eloquent study of the very mechanisms of eloquence."―Henry Hitchings

"A great and edifying pleasure."―Mark Helprin

Praise for Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric (Godine, 2016):

"I must refrain from shouting what a brilliant work this is (præteritio). Farnsworth has written the book as he ought to have written it – and as only he could have written it (symploce). Buy it and read it – buy it and read it (epimone).”―Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner's Modern English Usage

"The most immediate pleasure of this book is that it heightens one’s appreciation of the craft of great writers and speakers. Mr. Farnsworth includes numerous examples from Shakespeare and Dickens, Thoreau and Emerson, Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. He also seems keen to rehabilitate writers and speakers whose rhetorical artistry is undervalued; besides his liking for Chesterton, he shows deep admiration for the Irish statesman Henry Grattan (1746-1820), whose studied repetition of a word (“No lawyer can say so; because no lawyer could say so without forfeiting his character as a lawyer”) is an instance, we are told, of conduplicatio. But more than anything Mr. Farnsworth wants to restore the reputation of rhetorical artistry per se, and the result is a handsome work of reference." ―Henry Hitchings, Wall Street Journal

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 1146 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : David R. Godine, Publisher (April 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date : April 1, 2018
  • Print Length : 349 pages
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • ASIN : B085H5R3JJ
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 318 ratings