Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: Practical wisdom for everyday life: embrace perseverance, strength and happiness with stoic philosophy (Teach Yourself)
The stoics lived a long time ago, but they had some startling insights into the human condition - insights which endure to this day. The philosophical tradition, founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in 301 BC, endured as an active movement for almost 500 years, and contributions from dazzling minds such as Cicero, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius helped create a body of thought w...more
I found myself highlighting something almost every page. It took me a few years to read. There is much to contemplate and practice, but even as a beginner it has brought increased peace to my life.
"But all excellent things are as difficult as they are rare." (Spinoza, Ethica, 5.42n) ...more
The author ad ...more
Although I really enjoyed the book it was kind of repetitive at times, which made for a slow readi ...more
Overall a good read besides those two things. ...more
My only complaint is that the book continually pushed CBT and got more into the modern psychological implications of stoicism than how to actually live the stoic ideal. However, that was only a minor nuisance compared to the overall text and the quality job it did in outlining stoic philosophy. I did find the self examination sections at the beginning of each chapter to be excellent lead ins for the reading. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has experience with sto ...more
I like the connections made between Buddhism and CBT and thing that this is very relevant to today.
Updated review to reflect having read the chapter on death. Super useful.
Modern Stoicism is largely based on the wonderful thinking of Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca through their “main 3 books” of Meditations, Discourses, and Letters, respectively. This is because these books are only a handful of surviving bodies of Stoic writings left that are almost fully intact (with only 4 books out of 8 of Discourses survived).
But these 3 wise philosophers were all part of the so-called 3rd Stoa, the 3rd generation of “Late Stoa” in Rome. So wh ...more
Some readers may think parts are too repetitive. As a philosophy novice, however, I appreciated the bits of repetition and the simple breakdowns within the chapters.
This sentence was an answer to so many questions I have been asking myself.
Excellent book overall. It gives you good insights into the ancient philosophy of Stoicism.
Why, then, do you wonder that good men are shaken in order that they may
grow strong? No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails
it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more
securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a s ...more
and then blending it with Psychology/Cognitive thinking.
Overall I rate this book at 4.7 stars.
Overall this is a Tremendous introduction to Stoicism---Another book of his Stoicism and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is 5 stars.
Donald is a practicing author--who shows you how to integrate Stoic concepts as a "Way of life "
He also has an on-line Stoicism Blog
"You have had to bury someone you have loved, now go find someone to love" ...more
Robertson, along with his editors, manages to craft a clear and relatively concise introduction to fundamental Stoic practices and concepts. Organized in a way that truly helps to enhance learning, this books helps to lay the foundation for anyone interested in interacting with primary Stoic literature going forward.
Thanks again Donald for another great read.