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2. Reason as the Guiding Principle

2. Reason as the Guiding Principle

• Reason should guide all aspects of life, including decision-making, emotions, and behavior.

• Stoics saw reason as the source of wisdom and the key to living a fulfilling and meaningful life. They believed that by using reason to guide our actions and attitudes, we can achieve inner peace, happiness, and a sense of purpose.


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I say that virtue is more valuable than wealth to the same degree that eyes are more valuable than fingernails.



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6. Living in Harmony with Nature

6. Living in Harmony with Nature

• Everything in the natural world was interconnected, and that our own lives were part of this interconnected web which includes acceptance of cycles of life and death, thus we should not resist or try to control them.

• We should view ourselves as citizens of the world, rather than just me...


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At its core, Stoicism teaches that the ultimate goal of life is to achieve a state of tranquility and freedom from suffering. This can be achieved by living in accordance with reason and virtue, and by cultivating a sense of detachment from external events. The Stoics believed that individuals sh...


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Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on–it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and enduranc...



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We are members of one great body, planted by nature … We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.



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3. Acceptance of Fate

3. Acceptance of Fate

• Everything in the universe is governed by a rational and providential order, often referred to as "the logos" which determines the events and outcomes of our lives.

• We should accept and embrace the events that occur in our lives, whether favorable or unfavorable; for resistance or being...


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You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength. Marcus aurelius



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1. Virtue as the Highest Good

1. Virtue as the Highest Good

• 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...


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Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will — then your life will flow well.



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Let your desires be ruled by reason.



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Stoicism in 5 Minutes: Key Concepts

Stoicism in 5 Minutes: Key Concepts

Stoicism is a philosophy that encourages individuals to cultivate a sense of inner peace and resilience, by focusing on personal virtue, reason, and self-control.


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4. Detachment from External Events

4. Detachment from External Events

• Individuals should cultivate a sense of detachment from external events and focus instead on their own inner state on oachieve a greater sense of peace and equanimity.

• Our emotions and reactions should not be dictated by external events but rather by our own rational judgments.

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5. Control of Emotions

5. Control of Emotions

• Emotions are an important aspect of human experience but it can be a source of great distress and can lead us astray from the path of virtue.

• Emotions are a result of our judgments about events and situations, rather than the events themselves.

• By cultivating a rational mindset ...


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