The Daily Stoic is packaged with a daily devotional of Stoic wisdom, including new translations of the most famous Stoics, historical background, and practical advice from bestselling author Ryan Holiday.
The secret weapon of history’s finest and smartest leaders has long been Stoic philosophy. As they seek solutions to life’s big issues, people of all stripes are turning to Stoicism for its distinctive blend of practicality and wisdom.
This book introduces new daily routines and views to promote balanced action, insight, effectiveness, and tranquility for the high-octane, action-oriented doers of our wired world.
Quotes from The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
You must reclaim the ability to abstain because within it is your clarity and self-control.
Remember, if there is one core teaching at the heart of this philosophy, it’s that we’re not as smart and as wise as we’d like to think we are.
The combination of power, fear, and mania can be deadly. The leader convinced that he might be betrayed acts first and betrays others first.
Just because you’ve begun down one path doesn’t mean you’re committed to it forever, especially if that path turns out to be flawed or impeded.
Everything is change. Embrace that. Flow with it.
There is clarity (and joy) in seeing what others can’t see, in finding grace and harmony in places others overlook.
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You don’t control the situation, but you control what you think about it.
No slavery is more disgraceful,” he quipped, “than one which is self-imposed.
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.
Control your perceptions. Direct your actions properly. Willingly accept what’s outside your control.
If we can focus on making clear what parts of our day are within our control and what parts are not, we will not only be happier, we will have a distinct advantage over other people who fail to realize they are fighting an unwinnable battle.
You must put in place training and habits now to replace ignorance and ill-discipline. Only then will you begin to behave and act.
Most of us are afraid of dying. But sometimes this fear begs the question: To protect what exactly?
Getting upset is like continuing the dream while you’re awake. The thing that provoked you wasn’t real—but your reaction was. And so from the fake comes real consequences. This is why you need to wake up right now instead of creating a nightmare.
A good person is invincible, for they don’t rush into contests in which they aren’t the strongest.
No need to be too hard on yourself. Hold yourself to a higher standard but not an impossible one. And forgive yourself if and when you slip up.
A degree on a wall means you’re educated as much as shoes on your feet mean you’re walking. It’s a start, but hardly sufficient.
Most rudeness, meanness, and cruelty are a mask for deep-seated weakness.
We want divine intervention so that our lives will magically be easier. But what about asking for fortitude and strength so you can do what you need to do.
The good things in life cost what they cost. The unnecessary things are not worth it at any price. The key is being aware of the difference.
Stress and problems are tariffs that come attached to success.
Our ambition should not be to win, then, but to play with our full effort.
Today, you could try to increase your wealth, or you could take a shortcut and just want less.
Ego is more than just off-putting and obnoxious. Instead, it’s the sworn enemy of our ability to learn and grow.
We underestimate our capabilities just as much and just as dangerous as we overestimate other abilities.
Maintain control over your mind and perceptions, they’d say. It’s your most prized possession.
You can take the bite out of any tough situation by bringing a calm mind to it. By considering it and meditating on it in advance.
A mind that isn’t in control of itself, that doesn’t understand its power to regulate itself, will be jerked around by external events and unquestioned impulses.
Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough.
Your own experiences have value. You have accumulated your own wisdom too.
When it comes to your goals and the things you strive for, ask yourself: Am I in control of them or they in control of me?
Find clarity in the simplicity of doing your job today.
Success becomes a matter of momentum. Once you get a little, it’s easier to keep it going.
Throw out your conceited opinions, for it is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.
If you hold a perpetually negative outlook, soon enough everything you encounter will seem negative.
Our reaction is what actually decides whether harm has occurred.
There are two things that must be rooted out in human beings—arrogant opinion and mistrust.
Your attention is one of your most critical resources.
No one should be ashamed at changing his mind – that’s what the mind is for.
If something is hard, it is a chance to get stronger.