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According to the Stoics, the highest in life you can aim for is a virtue and all the rest will follow.
The Stoics believed in these four main virtues:
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“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil?”
“‘If you seek tranquility, do less.’ Or (more accurately) do what’s essential—what the logos of a social being requires, and in the requisite way. Which brings a double satisfaction: to do less, better. Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’...
“And a commitment to justice in your own acts. Which means: thought and action resulting in the common good. What you were born to do.”
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.31
This is about following your path and doing what is right....
“Don’t you know life is like a military campaign? One must serve on watch, another in reconnaissance, another on the front line… So it is for us—each person’s life is a kind of battle, and a long and varied one too. You must keep watch like a soldier and do everything commanded… You h...
We all have our ideas about happiness and how to achieve happiness.
The main question is: Is it short term happiness? Or is it long term fulfillment?
Of course, we can enjoy the finer things in life, however, we should not forget long term happiness and ful...
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According to Stoicism, the highest good, the supreme aim of life is virtue. Good or bad situations, events and circumstances are nothing but a chance for us to respond with virtue, and leads to happiness, success, honor, love and respect. Virtue is how one is happy and fr...
• The highest good is the cultivation of personal virtue, or moral excellence.
• The goal of human life is to live in accordance with nature, and that the key to achieving this goal is to develop virtue.
• Four cardinal virtues - wisdom, courage, justice, and moderation. Wisdom involv...
The good things include the cardinal virtues wisdom, justice, courage, and self-discipline. The bad things include the opposites of these virtues, namely the fo...
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