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Stoicism

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Epictetus

"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."

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Difficulties Breed Wisdom

Your judgment concerning a challenge or difficulty will determine the outcome of that incident on your mental, emotional and physical state.

Difficulties test our values and create, or solidify our morals. Treat everything as something you can learn from, and you will educate yourself on the art of living a balanced, undisturbed life.

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Stoics hold that you should only value things over which you have control: your judgments, emotions & character. In an attempt to avoid pain in a world in which everything you might care about is easily lost. 

Realizing that life is limited is all the more reason to value your life intensely: it requires effort, emotional investment & the risk of pain. (Someday your child may die, but that does not mean that while she’s alive you should withdraw. On the contrary, to keep yourself from loving “too much” is to keep yourself from loving). To temper emotions is to kill one’s capacity to live.

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