From time to time, I select and organize some of the best (in my mind) essays posted here at howtobeastoic.org and publish them in the form of a freely downloadbale pdf booklet. Enjoy, and don’t neglect to contribute to my ongoing explorations of ancient and modern Stoicism by commenting on newly released essays.
Marcus Aurelius: 184 Selected Quotes (2016). Another of my personal collections of favorite quotes, this one from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, his personal philosophical diary. As usual, use them for inspiration and daily practice. The pdf is searchable so that you can look for specific keywords, and if you’d like you can come up with your own selection of preferred citations, arranged by topics.
Epictetus: 254 Selected Quotes (2016). This is my personal collection of favorite quotes from Epictetus, covering all four extant volumes of the Discourses, the Enchiridion, and the known Fragments. Use them for inspiration and meditation. The pdf is searchable so that you can look for specific keywords, and if you’d like you can come up with your own selection of preferred citations, arranged by topics.
24 Stoic Spiritual Exercises (2016). A collection of 24 practical exercises to improve your Stoic attitudes, culled from Epictetus’ Enchiridion and Marcus’ Meditations, with brief explanations of each exercise and quotation of the relevant passages. Use it every day as a vademecum for inspiration: practice the examination of your impressions, remind yourself of the impermanence of things, keep in mind the reserve clause, engage in the morning meditation, or ask yourself why and how exactly you are doing what you are doing.
Endure and Renounce (2016). The first collection from the blog, including 84 essays covering the period from March through December 2015 (circa 72,000 words). Topics encompass a comparison of ancient and modern ethics, Epictetus on steadfastness, all of Marcus’ Meditations, Diogenes Laertius on Zeno, Stoic epistemology, the difference between apatheia and ataraxia, the dichotomy of control, Neo-Stoicism, and a Stoic approach to Twitter, among others.