The Daily Stoic


  • Author: Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
  • Full Title: The Daily Stoic
  • Category: #books


  • The Discipline of Perception (how we see and perceive the world around us) The Discipline of Action (the decisions and actions we take—and to what end) The Discipline of Will (how we deal with the things we cannot change, attain clear and convincing judgment, and come to a true understanding of our place in the world) (Location 119)
  • Control your perceptions. Direct your actions properly. Willingly accept what’s outside your control. (Location 212)
  • “A person who doesn’t know what the universe is, doesn’t know where they are. A person who doesn’t know their purpose in life doesn’t know who they are or what the universe is. A person who doesn’t know any one of these things doesn’t know why they are here. So what to make of people who seek or avoid the praise of those who have no knowledge of where or who they are?” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.52 (Location 230)
  • Epictetus is reminding you that serenity and stability are results of your choices and judgment, not your environment. (Location 303)
  • According to the Stoics, the circle of control contains just one thing: YOUR MIND. (Location 327)
  • the Greek word euthymia, which he defines as “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction.” It is this state of mind, he says, that produces tranquility. (Location 353)
  • The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 11.18.5b (Location 594)
  • “You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 7.38 (Location 881)
  • “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” (Location 1161)