Best Books About Stoicism [Top 8] [List] [Must Reads]
How can you live like a stoic? Here you will find must reads on Stoicism, other books of Stoic exercises and more about this powerful attitude to life. Read more…
1 – Letters by Pliny – Letters to Lucilius
Seneca, like Marcus Aurelius, was a powerful man in Rome. He was also a great writer and, apparently, a trusted friend to many who gave his friends great advice. Much of that advice survived through the ages in the form of letters. Now we can read those letters and they can help us with problems of grief, wealth, poverty, success, failure, education and much more.
Seneca was also a Stoic, but like Marcus Aurelius, he was practical and borrowed a lot from other schools. He said to a friend, “I don’t care if this sentence is right.” That’s the ethos of practical philosophy – it doesn’t matter who or when it comes from, what matters is whether it helps you in your life, if only for a second. Reading Seneca will do that.
“If you really want to get away from the things that are bothering you, it is not necessary to be in a different place, but to be a different person.”
2 – Reflections – Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius is considered the last great representative of the Stoa, a philosophical movement in classical antiquity. Thoughts may be the only document of its kind ever created. They are the private thoughts of the world’s most powerful man advising himself on how to fulfill the responsibilities and obligations of his positions.
Trained in Stoic philosophy, Marcus stops almost every night to do a series of spiritual practices – they are memories to make him humble, patient, patient, empathetic, generous, and strong toward everything he has to deal with.
Now we have this book, which contains his reflections. It is legible and accessible. You cannot read this book without always remembering a phrase or line that will help you the next time you get into trouble.
Read it, it is practical philosophy embodied in practice. Make sure to pick up the Gregory Hays translation. You can find it below. It is the most accessible release – completely devoid of all “ye” and “shalls”.
“What gets in the way becomes the way.”
3 – Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetusepic
Of the big three (Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus), Epictetus is the most preachy and for many the least enjoyable to read. That doesn’t mean he’s not brilliant. In many pieces he expresses something so clearly and profoundly that it will shake you to the core.
“To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it comes …”
4 – Stoic attitude to life: How to become a stoic
5 – Stoic art of living – Just as much happiness as wisdom – Miriam van Reijen
6 – Die like a stoic
7 – Handbook for the Modern Stoic – 52 Exercises for a Balanced Life
8 – Seneca – Small Classics – Happy living
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