Recent Stoic Meditations, #42

When Fortuna allows, I publish a short morning meditation based on a short quote from a Stoic writer, seeking to apply that ancient wisdom to life in the 21st century. Here are the most recent entries:

It is a sort of revenge to spoil a man’s enjoyment of the insult he has offered to us … the success of an insult lies in the sensitiveness and rage of the victim. (listen here)

Freedom consists in raising one’s mind superior to injuries and becoming a person whose pleasures come from himself alone. (listen here)

All things happen in a more endurable fashion to people who are prepared for them. (listen here)

Do not let your thoughts at once embrace all the various troubles that you may expect to befall you: but on every occasion ask yourself, What is there in this that is intolerable and past bearing? (listen here)

I see no virtue that is opposed to justice; but I see a virtue that is opposed to love of pleasure, and that is temperance. (listen here)

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Massimo

Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at platofootnote.org and howtobeastoic.org. He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

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