Donald J. Robertson

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Author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. I'm a philosopher and psychotherapist with a special interest in Stoicism and CBT. ...more

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Donald J. Robertson I'm currently writing the script for a graphic novel about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, being published by St Martin's press. Also a bi…moreI'm currently writing the script for a graphic novel about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, being published by St Martin's press. Also a biography of Marcus Aurelius due to be published by Yale as part of the Ancient Lives series.(less)
Donald J. Robertson Not for a while yet. It takes a long time to do the 250 pages of full colour artwork. It might be published around Fall 2021, perhaps.
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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald J. Robertson
"This book serves as both an introduction to Stoic philosophy, as a useful self-help guide. It gives more attention to the latter, than the former, and would thus be more interesting for those that seek how to apply Stoic philosophy to their daily liv" Read more of this review »
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"Thought-provoking, worthwhile read. This is the obvious next book to read after Meditations as it builds upon that work to provide explanations and context. Highly recommended."
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"An introduction to stoicism through the lens of Marcus Aurelius. A succinct history of stoicism, and a brief but illuminating biography of Marcus. It’s a great way to dip your toe into the waters of stoicism and to gain an insight into how the most p" Read more of this review »
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"An exploration of Stoicism through the life of Marcus Aurelius. Part-bio and part-how-to-guide, this book was both engaging and practical. "
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Not for a while yet. It takes a long time to do the 250 pages of full colour artwork. It might be published around Fall 2021, perhaps.
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“From the moment we’re born we’re constantly dying, not only with each stage of life but also one day at a time. Our bodies are no longer the ones to which our mothers gave birth, as Marcus put it. Nobody is the same person he was yesterday. Realizing this makes it easier to let go: we can no more hold on to life than grasp the waters of a rushing stream.”
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“The Stoic Sage, or wise man, needs nothing but uses everything well; the fool believes himself to “need” countless things, but he uses them all badly.”
Donald J. Robertson, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

“According to Stoic philosophy, when we assign intrinsic values like “good” or “bad” to external events, we’re behaving irrationally and even exhibiting a form of self-deception. When we call something a “catastrophe,” for instance, we go beyond the bare facts and start distorting events and deceiving ourselves. Moreover, the Stoics consider lying a form of impiety—when a man lies, he alienates himself from Nature.”
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“The Stoics adopted the Socratic division of cardinal virtues into wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation.”
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“Wisdom, in all these forms, mainly requires understanding the difference between good, bad, and indifferent things. Virtue is good and vice is bad, but everything else is indifferent.”
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“In typically blunt fashion he told them that sheep don’t vomit up grass to show the shepherds how much they’ve eaten but rather digest their food inwardly and produce good wool and milk outwardly.”
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“This is illustrated by one of Aesop’s fables, which says that each of us is born with two sacks suspended from our neck: one filled with the faults of others that hangs within our view and one hidden behind our back filled with our own faults. We see the flaws of others quite clearly, in other words, but we have a blind spot for our own. The New Testament likewise asks why we look at the tiny splinter of wood in our brother’s eye yet pay no attention to the great plank of wood obscuring our own view (Matthew 7:3–5).”
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“Freemasonry also celebrates the four cardinal virtues of Greek philosophy, which correspond symbolically with the four corners of the lodge: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance.”
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