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5 must-read books on Stoicism: practical philosophy you can use in everyday life

5 must-read books on Stoicism: practical philosophy you can use in everyday life

Stoicism, according to the Daily Stoic, is a tool in the pursuit of self-mastery, perseverance, and wisdom. It’s about focusing on the things you can control and taking charge of your happiness, instead of depending on the uncontrollable circumstances.

Despite Stoicism hailing from ancient Greece and Rome in the early parts of the 3rd century, there is no denying that many still find it relevant in navigating today’s modern world. Check out some books on our Stoicism collection that you can check out to learn how to manage your emotional responses and find groundedness amidst the complexity of life. 




How To Be a Stoic, Penguin Great Ideas by Robert Dobbin

When life’s events seem to be beyond our control, we can turn to this book to help us deal with these unfortunate events. How To Be a Stoic, Penguin Great Ideas is a practical guide to moral self-improvement and living a good life.

This book offers words of wisdom, consolation, and inspiration from the three great Stoic philosophers: Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. How To Be a Stoic, Penguin Great Ideas is filled with ancient teachings on how to face life’s adversities and live well in the world.


The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday

A dose of some Stoic a day could be what you’re looking for. Every day for an entire year, you’ll find powerful quotations as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms in The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.

You can also find all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus to guide you through your day for the rest of the year.

The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient

We can transform life’s setbacks into opportunities for becoming calmer, tougher, and more resilient. The Stoic Challenge is a practical guide to using centuries- old wisdom to help us better cope with the stresses of modern living.

The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient offers practical wisdom that can teach you how to bounce back from setbacks. It can be your guide to improving quality of life through tactics developed by ancient Stoics, from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca to Epictetus.

How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life by Epictetus

A mini handbook on the philosophy of Stoicism, How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life features amazing new translations and the original Greek on facing pages, a compelling introduction that sets Epictetus in context and describes the importance of Stoic freedom today.

How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life also features an invaluable glossary of keywords and concepts to help you throughout your journey towards Stoicism. 


Examined Lives: Twelve Great Thinkers and the Search for Wisdom, from Socrates to Nietzsche by James Miller

Before the good life was reduced to a bottle of Prozac, it was philosophers who offered answers to the most fundamental questions about who we are and how to live well.

Examined Lives tells us that the philosophical views of history’s greatest thinkers’ can be timeless. From Plato to Kant, the book offers captivating insights, vibrant tradition with short and spirited biographies of 12 famous thinkers, examining the interplay of their life and thought.



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