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Wisdom From "Wisdom Of The Stoics"

Henry Hazlitt, author of Economics In One Lesson, also co-edited with his wife Frances  a book called The Wisdom Of The Stoics. It contains passages from Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Here are some passages worth repeating:

From Seneca:

  • "Never pronounce any man happy that depends upon fortune for his happiness"
  • "There are not many men that know their own minds but in the instant of willing anything"
  • "I will live and die with this testimony: that I loved good studies, and a good conscience;that I never invaded another man's liberty; and that I preserved my own"
From Epictetus:
  • "What then is to be done? To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it naturally happens"
  • "Of  ascetic exercise, We are not to carry our exercises beyond nature, nor merely to attract admiration, for thus we , who call ourselves philosophers, shall not differ from jugglers."
  • "Epictetus being asked how a person might grieve his enemy, answered 'By doing as well as possible himself'"
  • "It is better, by yielding to truth, to conquer opinion; than, by yielding to opinion, to be defeated by truth"

From Marcus Aurelius:
  • "Let not the future things disturb thee, for thou wilt come to them, if it shall be necessary, having with thee the same reason which now thou usest for present things"
  • "The art of life is more like the wrestlers than the dancers, in respect of this, that is should stand ready and firm to meet onsets which are sudden and unexpected"


good medicine for our decadent times.