Stoic Meditations

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, Support this podcast:

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Why should we be good?

At Olympia you do not want anything else; you are content to have been crowned at Olympia. Does it seem to you so small and worthless a thing to be noble and good and happy? --- Support this podcast:



Enjoy figs in the summer, don't wish for them in the winter

How can you wish at the same time to grow old and not to see the death of any that you love? --- Support this podcast:



Practicing philosophy is like going to the doctor's office

Friends, the school of a philosopher is a hospital. When you leave, you should have suffered, not enjoyed yourself. --- Support this podcast:


 2020-07-08  2m

Focus on the deed, not the praise

‘He’s a clever young man and a fan of rhetoric.’ ‘How do you know?’ ‘He praises me.’ Oh, well, that proves it, of course. --- Support this podcast:


 2020-07-07  2m

Your roles in life

Let us play our roles in life well. Not acting lik a sheep, gently but at random; nor destructively, like a wild beast. --- Support this podcast:


 2020-07-06  3m

The ultimate locus of your freedom

Look, can you be forced to assent to what appears to you wrong?’ ‘No.’ ‘Or to dissent from the plain truth?’ ‘No.’ ‘Then you see you do have within you a share of freedom.’ --- Support this podcast:


 2020-07-03  2m

Who are you, anyway?

My mind represents for me my medium – like wood to a carpenter, or leather to a shoemaker. The goal in my case is the correct use of impressions. --- Support this podcast:


 2020-07-02  3m

It's about deeds, not words

So you can talk the right talk about Stoicism. But do you also walk the right walk? --- Support this podcast:


 2020-07-01  2m

A philosophy needs to be digested properly, not just vomited

Those who have learnt precepts and nothing more are anxious to give them out at once, just as men with weak stomachs vomit food. --- Support this podcast:


 2020-06-30  2m

Reframing problems into training exercises

I have a bad neighbor – bad, that is, for himself. For me, though, he is good: he exercises my powers of fairness and sociability. --- Support this podcast:


 2020-06-29  2m