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Preview — The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”
– Epictetus, Stoic philosopher
Where can you find joy? Gain strength? How should we face our fears? Deal with the death of a loved one? And what about those reoccurring depressing thoughts?
While traditional schooling doesn’t address such questions, it’s exactly what ancient schools of philosophy were a...more
UPDATE 7/24/19: I have cut my criticisms of this book and changed my review rating from two to four stars. I did this because the author, Jonas Salzgeber, contacted me directly and discussed the shor ...more
If you're interested in stoici ...more
It teaches you to care about your own behaviour and reactions and nothing else, because those are the only things in your power. Everything else is not, so you shouldn't try to control them or be upset about them, just let them go. Easie ...more
In the age of the internet and growing technology, authors Jonas and Nils Salzgeber have brought the ancient philosophy of Stoicism to the modern age and have found a way to show readers how to adopt this philosophy to everyday life in their novel, “The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence and Calmness”. Here is the synopsis.
“How long are you going ...more
"So you went to school for twelve years, then college for four to ten more, and come out the other side realizing they didn't teach you dick about how to be alive. All you learned was math, and not even the useful tax evasion math. Well, good news. These four dead guys figured it out two millennia ago."
And from there, he rattles off the hits. Epictetus, Seneca, Musonius Rufus, and my long-time #MCM Marcus Aurelius. Here's why:
"When you fi ...more
The first thing that strikes me is what a good writer he is. His vocabulary alone is marvelous. But then the way he strings sentences together and makes the good old Stoics come alive is nothing short of remarkable.
Then the whole structure of the book where the first parts are about the historical background of Stoicism. And all the class ...more
The problem is that Salzgeber shoves his own writing style around the classic quotations and it comes off like he's trying way too hard to 'level' with us. It was like being patronized by a guy in the pub or like a 1st year grad student over-explaining some pretty self-explanatory life lessons (as if he were deigned to clarify them himself). I can pict ...more
The Stoics focused on applying philosophy to everyday challenges, on developing a good character and becoming better human beings who excelled in life and cared about other people and nature itself
The idea of Stoicism found its way into many writings of historical philosophers such as Descartes, Schopenhauer, and Thoreau
Seneca was born around the time of Jesus in Cordoba, Spain, and educated in Rome, Italy
Since every man dies, it is better to die with ...more
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Overall, it's a s ...more
I thought I was new to stoicism. Turns out, I’ve been studying it my entire life, unawares, thanks to the many thought leaders and masters I’ve read and followed. From Christ to Covey, the concepts underlying Stoicism have been right in the mix, all this time.
This book highlighted all of that for me, refreshing and introducing concepts and practices I could incorporate or reincorporate into my thinking and daily habits. This guide pre ...more
Most of what’s shared in the book already exists in other Stoic books but the author nicely uncovers the well-known old-school maxims and allows us to understand, and implement them in our daily lives.
The book is good for both beginners in this philosophy and also for folks who co ...more
Jonas has made the theory so easy to grasp and yet he covered all the details we need to understand before practicing it in our real lives. The practical part of the book helps us to pay attention to and apply ...more
His practical rather than academic writing style helps people with the most important step: to p ...more