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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The difference between pleasure and virtue


If pleasure and virtue were entirely inseparable, we should not see some things to be pleasant, but not honorable, and others most honorable indeed, but hard and only to be attained by suffering.

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Reason is the only thing that will make you truly happy


That person is happy, whose reason recommends to them the whole posture of their affairs.

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 2020-09-18  2m
 
 

There is no happiness without truth


For no one can be styled happy who is beyond the influence of truth.

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 2020-09-17  2m
 
 

Do away with hope and fear


A person may be called “happy” who, thanks to reason, has ceased either to hope or to fear: but rocks also feel neither fear nor sadness, yet no one would call those things happy which cannot comprehend what happiness is.

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 2020-09-16  2m
 
 

Fortune vs virtue


The highest good is a mind which despises the accidents of fortune, and takes pleasure in virtue.

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 2020-09-15  2m
 
 

Pursue the pleasures of life, in moderation


A happy life must also set due value upon all the things which adorn our lives, without over-estimating any one of them, and must be able to enjoy the bounty of Fortune without becoming her slave.

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 2020-09-14  2m
 
 

Don't follow blindly what other say, no matter how famous they are


When I say “our opinion,” I do not bind myself to any one of the chiefs of the Stoic school, for I too have a right to form my own opinion.

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 2020-09-11  2m
 
 

Don't go after fool's gold


These good things which men gaze at in wonder, which they crowd to see, which one points out to another with speechless admiration, are outwardly brilliant, but within are miseries to those who possess them.

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 2020-09-10  2m
 
 

Living by reason, not by imitation of others


Nothing gets us into greater troubles than our subservience to common rumor, living not by reason but by imitation of others.

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 2020-09-09  2m
 
 

What is happiness anyway?


Seneca advises his brother, and us, not to listen to the random "shouts and clamors" of people, but to reflect carefully on what happiness is and how to achieve it.

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 2020-09-08  2m