Stoic Meditations

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://massimopigliucci.com. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

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Should we get involved in politics?


Epicurus says, “The wise man will not take part in politics, except upon some special occasion.” Zeno says, “The wise man will take part in politics, unless prevented by some special circumstance.”

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 2020-12-17  2m
 
 

Stoicism is not written in stone


Would that all things were already known, that truth were unveiled and recognized, and that none of our doctrines required modification! but as it is we have to seek for truth in the company of the very men who teach it.

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 2020-12-16  3m
 
 

There are different ways to be useful to the human cosmopolis


Our Stoic philosophers say we must be in motion up to the very end of our life, we will never cease to labour for the general good, to help individual people, and when stricken in years to afford assistance even to our enemies.

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 2020-12-15  2m
 
 

Set your own priorities, don't slavishly follow other people's


We oscillate between desire and remorse, for we depend entirely upon the opinions of others, and it is that which many people praise and seek after, not that which deserves to be praised and sought after, which we consider to be best.

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 2020-12-14  2m
 
 

752. How much leisure time do you have, and what do you do with it?


Leisure is important to be able to pursue the good life, and yet by itself it is not sufficient. Without proper education, we are far more likely to waste our time than to use it to good effect.

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 2020-12-11  3m
 
 

751. Everything changes, act accordingly


A brief existence is common to all things, and yet you avoid and pursue all things as if they would be eternal.

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 2020-12-10  2m
 
 

750. No point in finding faults


When you are offended at any one’s fault, immediately turn to yourself and reflect in what manner you yourself have erred: for example, in thinking that money is a good thing, or pleasure, or a bit of reputation, and the like.

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 2020-12-09  2m
 
 

749. Putting things, and people, in perspective


Consider what men are when they are eating, sleeping, coupling, evacuating, and so forth. Then what kind of men they are when they are imperious and arrogant, or angry and scolding from their elevated place.

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 2020-12-08  2m
 
 

748. Theory and practice


No longer talk at all about the kind of person that a good person ought to be, but be such.

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 2020-12-07  2m
 
 

Always use reason and you'll achieve serenity


He who follows reason in all things is both tranquil and active at the same time, and also cheerful and collected.

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 2020-12-04  2m