Category Archives: Simple Stoic Advice

SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Philosophy and Life)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

Mislead yourself no longer; you will never read these notebooks again now, nor the annals of bygone Romans and Greeks, nor that choice selection of writings you have put by for your old age. Press on, then, to finish; cast away vain hopes; and if you have any regard at all for self, see to your own security while still you may.

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. III.14

ADVICE

Philosophy in itself is beneficial but only to a degree. One must live in order to truly live out one’s philosophy. Observe your thoughts and philosophical wanderings and move to action, living what you have studied.


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Reason)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

Withdraw into yourself. Our master-reason asks no more than to act justly and thereby to achieve calm.

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. VII.28

ADVICE

Focus on your actions throughout the day. Understand your reasoning behind each action. Your goal in life is to pursue a virtuous one, that is, one filled with sound reason.


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Your Life’s Time)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

Just as one of small stature can be a perfect man, so a life of small compass can be a perfect life. Age ranks among the external things. How long I am to exist is not mine to decide, but how long I shall go on existing in my present way is in my own control.

Seneca. Letters from a Stoic. Letter 93: On the Quality, as Contrasted with the Length, of Life

ADVICE

How you choose to live is within your control. How long you choose to live is not exactly within your control. Therefore, with the time you have remaining, make the most of your life. 


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Squandered Time)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

…when life is squandered through soft and careless  living, and when it’s spent on no worthwhile pursuit, death finally presses and we realize that the life which we didn’t notice passing has passed away.

Seneca. On the Shortness of Life.

ADVICE

Understand that your life is valuable. It may not seem like it at times, but it is and the time you have on this earth is limited. It is up to you to decide how you wish to live, but if your time is squandered, if you waste it, then when the time is up and your time is called you cannot complain you do not have more of it. Life passes and we must learn to recognize when it is passing and once again grab hold of it and control it.


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (No Wailing)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

No joining others in their wailing, no violent emotion.

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. VII.43

ADVICE

Do not allow others to dictate your actions or emotions. You are your own individual self and thus must isolate your actions and emotions from those who begin to act in a non-virtuous manner. It is easy to be swept up in others actions, to speak gossip with co-workers or degrade others when everyone around you is. But this is not virtuous and allow others to dictate our actions and emotions. Follow your own emotions and actions. 


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Purpose)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

First, do nothing inconsiderately, nor without a purpose. Second, make thy acts refer to nothing else than to a social end.

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. XII.22

ADVICE

All of your actions should be driven by purpose. Do not waste time and energy performing tasks or living life without purpose driven intent behind it. The purpose behind your actions is for the betterment of your community and those around you as we are building these lives we live together.


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Live Your Life)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

All round, and in its joyous rest reposing; and if thou shalt strive to live only what is really thy life, that is, the present- then thou wilt be able to pass that portion of life which remains for thee up to the time of thy death, free from perturbations, nobly, and obedient to thy own daemon (to the god that is within thee).

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. XII.4

ADVICE

You can only live your life, not the lives of others. Do not waste your time attempting to live a life other than your own. Embrace the time you have on this planet and remember it is yours. If you can do this, you will live a virtuous life. 

SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Here. Now.)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

If you wish your children and your wife and your friends to live forever, you are foolish, for you wish things to be in your power which are not so, and what belongs to others to be your own.

Epictetus. Enchiridion. XIV.

ADVICE

We are here for a limited amount of time. We do not control when we will leave this world. We can prolong it through medicine and other means but regardless, our time is limited and we will eventually pass. You have no control over others and their time on this earth. Embrace the here and now and enjoy every moment you have with those close to you as it is a gift.


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Amor Fati)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

Demand not that events should happen as you wish; but wish them to happen as they do happen, and you will go on well.

Epictetus. Enchiridion. VIII.

ADVICE

Do not fight against the events of life. Certain events are outside of your control and therefore your attempts to stop or change them are futile and will only lead to disappointment. Learn to love and accept fate as it is. Amor Fati.


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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE (Control)

The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

QUOTE

There are things which are within our power, and there are things which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own. Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and, in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs.

Epictetus. Enchiridion. I.

ADVICE

There are things within our control and things which are not. This is a staple of Epictetus’s teachings and a key tenet of Stoicism. Your actions are within your control. Anything outside your actions are not. Therefore, work on what you have control over and do not fret about the things which you cannot control. They will come as they must. You have control of how you react to these as they are your own actions. 


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