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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations for Clarity, Effectiveness, and Serenity

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A beautifully packaged, gifty daily devotional of Stoic wisdom, from the author of The Obstacle is the Way.
Modern readers praise Stoic philosophy for its unique blend of practicality and wisdom. But it's admittedly hard for the average reader to decipher the Dover Thrift edition of Marcus Aurelius' work. The antiquated, needlessly formal language of most modern translatio
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Portfolio
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Paula Terrado
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read this book already but i still read it everyday. It serves as a book vitamin to me.

❦ It helps me have a positive attitude when i’m feeling down.
❦ It gives me a whole a new perspective.
❦ It helps open my mind and help me understand things.
❦ It helps me find something positive in a negative situation.
❦ It just lifts me.

It may be short but i believe it still served its purpose.

These are just some of the things that this book did to me. I do hope it has the same effect on you. And aside fr
Sean Goh
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pers-dev, philosophy
Read it in just under 6 weeks, rather than a year. Some days are repetitive, but then again so is life, since lessons tend to be repeated until learnt. But as the conclusion says, theory is easy, practice is hard (and never-ending).
Stoicism in a nutshell: Virtue (four cardinal virtues of self-control, courage, justice and wisdom) is happiness, and it is our perception of things - rather than the things themsleves - that cause most of our trouble.
The three most essential parts of Stoic philoso
Ying Ying
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, philosophy
The meditations are so short that they cannot satisfy my daily thirst. However, because the texts are not tightly connected, "reading" quickly on one-go feels like drinking too many different beverages at the same time; soon you lose your feeling.
What this book did do is to re-awaken my interest in stoicism and my desire to go back to the actual texts, which are much more thoughtful and profound, and hence significantly more delightful.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of some of Marcus Aurelius' writing so I bought this book looking forward to discovering other ancient Stoic writers. Instead, I found mostly the interpretations of the editor with just small snippets from the Stoic greats. Sometimes it's hard to find the Stoic quotes amidst the simplistic and shallow commentary of the editor.
Sandy  Kemp
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's perfect for it's purpose, a daily dip into stoic wisdom. Those who rated it one star are judging against a standard it's not attempting to meet. The author does not claim to give the best translations, only accessible ones.

I'm probably going to end up buying this and reading it daily for years.

For those looking for deep dives rather than a daily dip, read Long's translation of Meditations (or Hays for a version that's like having the author put his hand on his shoulder and advise you, whil
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really good collection of quotes from Stoic philosophers such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus and daily meditations from the authors Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. I read two meditations a day from December 2016 to July 2017. I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of these philosophers who lived around 2,000 years ago and it amazes me that their words stand the test of time. Big takeaways from the book: Be good, accept the things you can control, realize that the outcome of ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is seriously life changing. I couldn't imagine my life without it. I'm on my second, going on a third (surely not the last one) loop.
Adam McNamara
Stoicism is an ancient philosophy. It asserts that virtue (meaning self-control, courage, justice, and wisdom) is happiness. To achieve virtue, and thus live happily, one must master the three Stoic disciplines: perceptions (how you see and understand the world), actions (how you act based on what you see), and will (how you feel when events are outside your control).

The Daily Stoic is an exercise guide, not a history of Stoicism. Its goal is to help you understand the three disciplines - percep
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
In one pithy word: rudimentary.

What an affront to the great thinkers of ancient times. Each "daily meditation" is but a tiny drop of water splashing itself into the vast blue sea; nary an impact, nary a difference.

Would not recommend.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I wasn't reading this every day, I also started it in April, so I have missed a couple of months, I also skipped some days by just completely forgetting about this book, sometimes even weeks.

However, some of the quotes and analysis of them were quite relatable, sometimes even on the days I would read them. It's rather a flexible and open-minded approach, it is often fitting to your current situation, or one you once found yourself in, your experiences, etc.

Lots of them helped me
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this book in hopes to get a modern take of stoic philosophy. The book is intended to start on January 1st which is slightly distracting but that's neither here nor there. Each passage has a snippet of a classic stoic philosopher and a few paragraphs on how that particular snippet can be implemented in modern life.

I personally don't particularly see eye to eye with how the authors choose to implement the philosophy. Without getting to political, there is a typical "American" / neolibera
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-2017
This book is meant to be read one day at a time, but I couldn’t help but go through it over the course of a couple of weeks. Emotional stability is something that’s of the utmost importance if you want to make the best decisions in your life. I find that the stoic philosophy lends itself well to distancing yourself from other people’s behavior so that you truly focus on what’s in your own control.

For people who are very future-oriented like me, I think you’ll find that letting go of some of you
Andrew Carr
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I began in 2018, and the last I finished. The one I read the most consistently, yet took all year to finish. The Daily Stoic is a collection of 365 entries, each with a long quotation from a Stoic philosopher and 1-2 paragraphs of explanation and analysis.

This is the first ‘daily wisdom’ book I have read. From 1 January to 31 December, I read each day’s entry. At times I fell 2 or 3 days behind, but almost never more than that. The habit held.

While I’m sceptical about th
Pavel Annenkov
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Советы от стоиков на каждый день о том, как жить лучше. Книга относится к типу "ежедневное чтение на весь год". Всего 365 глав, по одной на каждый день, где кратко рассматривается какой-либо принцип или подход знаменитых стоиков из Древней Греции и Рима. В начале главы идет цитата в основном из произведений Сенеки, Марка Аврелия и Эпиктета, а потом предложение конкретных шагов и действий, которые мы можем предпринять прямо сейчас в нашей жизни.

- Напоминать себ
Alex Chavez
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book to reflect on important topics of life.

This is great to walk your way through the stoic philosophy and practice its teaching every day with a new reflection, if you practice doing the exercise and start really questioning your life and the world around you can benefit in ALL AREAS of your life focusing on the really important stuff and get rid of superficiality.
Richard Mulholland
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A life changing book that I read a page a day. I'm now on my second loop.
Romanas Wolfsborg
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read this book more or less with regard to the date as author originally intended – one piece of stoic wisdom per day. As one of the great stoic, Seneca, recommends – "Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only they truly live.", I tried to fill my days this year with some leisureliness by following the wisdom of Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Musonius Rufus, and some other fellows from swollen times.

It is a very good idea by Ryan Holiday – a daily sm
Samantha C
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
What the author has done is to compile quotes from great Stoics (mostly Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus) and try to make it relevant to the common reader by making cringeworthy references to Chuck Palahniuk or other modern figures and extremely shallow commentary.

This book is probably meant for people who have never encountered Stoicism and would be a good start, but not for people already working towards Stoicism. Readers would do better to read Meditations or letters from a stoic instea
Josh McVay
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t recommend this enough. This is one New Years resolution that I’ll be forever thankful I picked up. Over the course of the last year these daily devotionals have managed to change the way I look at the world ever so slightly and have opened my mind to a new life philosophy. I have a long way to go in my study of Stoicism (a philosophy based around never making it to the destination) but this served as a perfect primer, opening a door to other great works that I plan on tackling this year ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started reading this with the new year and stopped today. It was frustratingly repetitive, with only 2 or 3 ideas said over and over again in different ways by different people.
VC Gan
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe it has been a year since I bought this book and read it daily. This is an excellent book, which I keep next to my bed and read before I sleep or as soon as I wake up to get me started on the right foot. The daily entries are insightful, impactful and concise. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to gain some wisdom or someone trying to improve their mindset.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, practical series of meditations drawing on Stoic philosophy that guide everyday living in the modern world. Surprisingly relevant. Occasionally, the application of Stoic philosophy seemed to be drawing a long bow but, overall, beneficial advice. Much better than some of the saccharine advice given in some books of daily readings.
I.C. Robledo
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I am glad to have this handy book which was a wonderful introduction to Stoic philosophy. Many people may think that philosophy isn't very relevant because it deals with big abstract questions that don't seem to have firm solutions. Well, Stoic philosophy is different. It is completely based on practical understandings and tools we can adopt to live better lives. A common theme that is returned to time and again is that we must keep our minds on what we can control. This may get tiresome to some ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: partially-read
So disappointed in this book. Stoicism isn't for this emotional artist.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-books
I added ‘read stoic quote’ to my todoist daily list so it will take a year to read this book. That’s how it’s supposed to be read.
But at 30% read the horrific realisation hit me that the year is basically a third DONE and I haven’t done anything!
Also a coincidence that by September the posts mention John McCain and he died a week ago.
In November I followed the Georgia Governor race. Stacey Abrams (a romance author) said after she’d lost through a GOP gerrymander: "I implore you not to give into
Sep 18, 2018 added it
Shelves: nonfiction
I pulled The Daily Stoic out of my tsundoku pile a few weeks ago and am so glad I finally cracked it open! Featuring a daily quote from Stoic philosophers (think Marcus Aurelius), each page offers a different concept to chew on. Monthly themes—clarity, pragmatism, virtue and kindness—loosely group the teachings together and provide a bit of structure. It’s been equally fun to sit down and read a month’s worth at a time as it is to read just that day’s entry, almost like a daily horoscope. Who kn ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this a lot. Quotes from the famous Stoics, with limited but useful commentary (the quotations generally speak for themselves). It was an excellent daily reminder of how to properly view the world, and served as a nice primer to Stoic thought.

As an aside: this is actually the first "thought a day" type book I ever kept up with and visited the vast majority of days throughout the year (I may have missed an occasional weekend day, but caught up on Mondays). In 2019...365 Tao. We'll see if I
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent stoic ideas from Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Zeno, Cato. The Bible for any modern stoic. The book contains examples from modern history when explaining ancient stoic concepts and stoic quotes. A nice book in today's world. Recommended for young and old, irrelevant where you live and what do you do for life.
Nicholas Vela
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book of daily meditations steeped in the stoic tradition that are split into three different sections, based on months throughout the year. It was a marvelous year long read. And one that I plan to do repeatedly.
Dieter Verlaeckt
A really great introduction to Stoic philosophy!

The authors did a great job at making the old texts accessible by using current day language and adding their own interpretations.

The format of one topic/quote per day is very well suited for an introduction to the philosophy. It allows for a good absorption of the material as it’s presented piece by piece, but still bundled logically with a different theme each month.

The daily format also allows for a daily moment of self reflection, which is nice
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“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 10 likes
“BE RUTHLESS TO THE THINGS THAT DON’T MATTER “How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements—how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!” —SENECA, ON THE BREVITY OF LIFE, 3.3b” 5 likes
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