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Stoic Meditations

By Massimo Pigliucci

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at howtobeastoic.org. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

  1. 1.
    Death is like pre-birth: there is nothing to be feared15 August 2018
    1:59
  2. 2.
    Practice philosophy constantly, life doesn't stop14 August 2018
    2:27
  3. 3.
    Learn from teachers who do, not just talk13 August 2018
    1:53
  4. 4.
    Compel Fortuna to play on equal terms10 August 2018
    2:16
  5. 5.
    Pay attention to what others say, inhabit their minds9 August 2018
    2:02
  6. 6.
    Revenge is not justice8 August 2018
    2:09
  7. 7.
    What's the problem with the passions?7 August 2018
    2:19
  8. 8.
    No pain no gain, says Musonius6 August 2018
    2:30
  1. 9.
    You should live neither in a place of torture nor in a cafe3 August 2018
    2:25
  2. 10.
    Philosophy may be painful or a pleasure, but it's worth it2 August 2018
    2:58
  3. 11.
    Is the problem with the place, or with you?1 August 2018
    2:11
  4. 12.
    You want to change the world? Begin by changing yourself31 July 2018
    2:26
  5. 13.
    A good life depends not on length, but on our use of it30 July 2018
    2:31
  6. 14.
    What's really important in your life?27 July 2018
    2:35
  7. 15.
    On the difference between philosophy and logic chopping26 July 2018
    1:52
  8. 16.
    Things themselves have no power to form our judgments25 July 2018
    2:36
  9. 17.
    Reflect on the roles you play, and play them well24 July 2018
    3:41
  10. 18.
    Won't you be my neighbor?23 July 2018
    2:24
  11. 19.
    What do you think is truly good for you?20 July 2018
    1:53
  12. 20.
    On family matters, take the high moral ground19 July 2018
    1:58
  13. 21.
    Everyone who craves externals is a slave to them18 July 2018
    1:54
  14. 22.
    Calibrate your desires, achieve serenity17 July 2018
    2:18
  15. 23.
    Don't buy a horse on the basis of its saddle13 July 2018
    2:27
  16. 24.
    “They are slaves,” nay, rather they are people12 July 2018
    2:42
  17. 25.
    Beware of the difference between friendship and flattery11 July 2018
    2:27
  18. 26.
    Philosophy did not find Plato a nobleman, it made him one10 July 2018
    2:26
  19. 27.
    What does your inner daimon say?9 July 2018
    2:05
  20. 28.
    How on earth did I get here?6 July 2018
    1:50
  21. 29.
    Fortune has no jurisdiction over character5 July 2018
    2:23
  22. 30.
    Observe the goodness of those around you4 July 2018
    2:11
  23. 31.
    Whenever you yield to externals, you become their slave3 July 2018
    2:01
  24. 32.
    Our predecessors are our guides, not our masters2 July 2018
    2:42
  25. 33.
    Be forgiving of liars and unjust people29 June 2018
    1:55
  26. 34.
    But I couldn't do otherwise! Yes, you could...28 June 2018
    2:29
  27. 35.
    Make yourself happy through your own efforts27 June 2018
    2:36
  28. 36.
    Above all, we are citizens of the world26 June 2018
    2:41
  29. 37.
    Only the truly educated person is free25 June 2018
    2:26
  30. 38.
    Would the Stoics approve of assisted suicide?22 June 2018
    2:20
  31. 39.
    Being bad requires a lot of work21 June 2018
    2:15
  32. 40.
    Teach them then, and show them without being angry20 June 2018
    2:26
  33. 41.
    Go hug a philosopher, will you?19 June 2018
    2:46
  34. 42.
    We belong to the world, not to a particular corner of it18 June 2018
    2:04
  35. 43.
    It's either gods or atoms...15 June 2018
    2:46
  36. 44.
    Ethics is a practice, so do it14 June 2018
    2:19
  37. 45.
    Moving will not help you, if your trouble is internal13 June 2018
    2:40
  38. 46.
    The truth does you no harm, but error does12 June 2018
    2:27
  39. 47.
    How Epictetus lost his lamp and the thief became a brute11 June 2018
    2:25
  40. 48.
    Sound minds are hard to find, or buy8 June 2018
    2:33
  41. 49.
    Annoyed by people? It's an opportunity to practice virtue7 June 2018
    1:56
  42. 50.
    Good judgments improve your character6 June 2018
    2:12
  43. 51.
    I may become poor, then I shall be among many5 June 2018
    2:53
  44. 52.
    Always examine your assumptions4 June 2018
    1:58
  45. 53.
    Why do you care for the opinion of posterity?1 June 2018
    1:58
  46. 54.
    Good and evil are entirely up to you31 May 2018
    1:57
  47. 55.
    The glass is neither half full nor half empty, it just is30 May 2018
    2:11
  48. 56.
    Do not seek fame, seek to be useful to others29 May 2018
    2:26
  49. 57.
    Nobody wants to believe falsehoods, and yet...28 May 2018
    2:42
  50. 58.
    Think about bad stuff happening, get comfortable with it25 May 2018
    2:55
  51. 59.
    After every disturbance, re-center yourself24 May 2018
    2:24
  52. 60.
    Can you tell the difference between the baths and the mill?23 May 2018
    2:11
  53. 61.
    Some people get to the end without having lived at all22 May 2018
    1:46
  54. 62.
    Take care of your body, it helps your virtue21 May 2018
    2:16
  55. 63.
    No matter what, do your duty as a human being18 May 2018
    2:20
  56. 64.
    Where are you going to hide from death?17 May 2018
    3:18
  57. 65.
    Are you on the right path, or do you need a correction?16 May 2018
    2:30
  58. 66.
    Think and act the right way, happiness will flow15 May 2018
    2:37
  59. 67.
    What is philosophy, anyway?14 May 2018
    2:18
  60. 68.
    What about pleasure?11 May 2018
    2:21
  61. 69.
    If this were you last day, what would you be proud of?10 May 2018
    2:07
  62. 70.
    Respond to insults as if you were a rock9 May 2018
    3:00
  63. 71.
    Above all, learn how to feel joy8 May 2018
    3:10
  64. 72.
    The duty of a social animal capable of reason7 May 2018
    2:26
  65. 73.
    Epictetus and the open door policy: Stoicism and suicide4 May 2018
    3:18
  66. 74.
    Take truth wherever you find it, it's public property3 May 2018
    1:51
  67. 75.
    How to calibrate your moral compass2 May 2018
    2:40
  68. 76.
    The universe is your trainer, get ready for the Olympics1 May 2018
    2:15
  69. 77.
    Changing your life doesn't happen by magic30 April 2018
    2:11
  70. 78.
    Practice poverty as an exercise in endurance and gratitude27 April 2018
    2:18
  71. 79.
    Praise or blame do not make a thing better or worse26 April 2018
    2:36
  72. 80.
    Focus on what is up to you, the rest may or may not come25 April 2018
    3:22
  73. 81.
    Are you practicing, or just talking?24 April 2018
    2:25
  74. 82.
    15 minutes of fame? Why would you want that?23 April 2018
    2:45
  75. 83.
    We all agree to do good, but disagree on what good is20 April 2018
    2:10
  76. 84.
    No cell phones at dinner, just friends19 April 2018
    2:20
  77. 85.
    Death is coming, what are you doing in the meantime?18 April 2018
    1:58
  78. 86.
    Whose praise are you so desperately seeking?17 April 2018
    2:22
  79. 87.
    Anger is temporary madness16 April 2018
    2:33
  80. 88.
    Do you have reason? Why don't you use it, then?13 April 2018
    1:54
  81. 89.
    Is your mind in the dark, or are you just blind?12 April 2018
    2:06
  82. 90.
    Practice poverty to remind you of the important things11 April 2018
    2:42
  83. 91.
    Change your mind, if others have better reasons10 April 2018
    2:15
  84. 92.
    A crown of roses looks better than one of gold9 April 2018
    2:17
  85. 93.
    How to handle the holidays, Stoically speaking6 April 2018
    2:11
  86. 94.
    Harm comes from opinion, take away the opinion, then5 April 2018
    2:36
  87. 95.
    Practical philosophy is called practical for a reason4 April 2018
    2:32
  88. 96.
    People do bad things because they are fools3 April 2018
    2:20
  89. 97.
    Fate, God, or Chance, it doesn't really matter2 April 2018
    2:35
  90. 98.
    What are you going to do today to improve the human polis?30 March 2018
    2:18
  91. 99.
    Got a headache? Excellent opportunity to practice endurance!29 March 2018
    2:36
  92. 100.
    Practical philosophy is not an oxymoron28 March 2018
    2:55
  93. 101.
    The universe is transformation, life is opinion27 March 2018
    2:20
  94. 102.
    Ultimately, it is always your decision26 March 2018
    2:28
  95. 103.
    Take care of the body, but don't treat it as a temple23 March 2018
    2:46
  96. 104.
    Fame is fickle, and irrelevant22 March 2018
    2:19
  97. 105.
    Study logic, reason well about life21 March 2018
    2:09
  98. 106.
    Be afraid of the right things20 March 2018
    2:30
  99. 107.
    How the Stoics saw women's education19 March 2018
    2:59
  100. 108.
    Nobody does wrong voluntarily16 March 2018
    2:35
  101. 109.
    Reason is the name of the game15 March 2018
    2:21
  102. 110.
    The truth belongs to everyone14 March 2018
    2:15
  103. 111.
    The inner citadel of peace13 March 2018
    2:14
  104. 112.
    It takes time for a fig to ripe, or a character to mature12 March 2018
    2:38
  105. 113.
    The advantages of old age9 March 2018
    2:22
  106. 114.
    Fame is fleeting, focus on the here and now8 March 2018
    2:53
  107. 115.
    Make sure you work on your faculty of judgment7 March 2018
    2:52
  108. 116.
    Pick a role model6 March 2018
    2:26
  109. 117.
    Philosophy as medicine for the mind5 March 2018
    2:41
  110. 118.
    With great power comes great responsibility2 March 2018
    2:16
  111. 119.
    Keep a sound and upright soul, despise Fortune1 March 2018
    2:21
  112. 120.
    Work for the public good1 March 2018
    2:11
  113. 121.
    Judgments, Not Externals 1 March 2018
    2:39
  114. 122.
    It's All About Character1 March 2018
    2:25
  115. 123.
    Do The Right Thing, Now1 March 2018
    1:52
  116. 124.
    Opinions Cause Suffering1 March 2018
    2:34
  117. 125.
    Beware Of The Company You Keep1 March 2018
    2:23
  118. 126.
    We Are All Brothers & Sisters1 March 2018
    3:10
  119. 127.
    Philosophy As A Way Of Life1 March 2018
    2:09
  120. 128.
    Living According To Nature1 March 2018
    2:09
  121. 129.
    Against Nationalism1 March 2018
    2:13
  122. 130.
    Courage Requires Justice1 March 2018
    2:02
  123. 131.
    Use Your Thoughts Well1 March 2018
    2:04
  124. 132.
    Character Is Crucial1 March 2018
    2:28
  125. 133.
    The point of philosophy is...1 March 2018
    2:01
  126. 134.
    What happens after death?1 March 2018
    2:21
  127. 135.
    Beware of superficial judgment1 March 2018
    2:25
  128. 136.
    Wealth not a measure of worth1 March 2018
    1:53
  129. 137.
    Don’t be an imbecile!1 March 2018
    2:09
  130. 138.
    Radical idea: women equality1 March 2018
    2:07
  131. 139.
    Remember, everything passes1 March 2018
    2:07
  132. 140.
    What good did you do today?1 March 2018
    2:20
  133. 141.
    Beware of relying on luck1 March 2018
    2:05
  134. 142.
    Keep your inner demon clean1 March 2018
    2:11
  135. 143.
    Follow the counsel of reason1 March 2018
    2:10
  136. 144.
    What counts as a good life?1 March 2018
    2:09
  137. 145.
    What matters is the here & now1 March 2018
    2:01
  138. 146.
    Doing beats complaining1 March 2018
    2:03
  139. 147.
    On death & the value of life1 March 2018
    2:05
  140. 148.
    What makes your life worth it?1 March 2018
    2:32
  141. 149.
    Caring about your soul1 March 2018
    2:09
  142. 150.
    True friendship is rare1 March 2018
    2:14
  143. 151.
    We are all brothers & sisters1 March 2018
    1:58
  144. 152.
    Practice, practice, practice!1 March 2018
    2:04
  145. 153.
    Clean up your own thinking1 March 2018
    1:41
  146. 154.
    Don’t argue with stones1 March 2018
    2:06
  147. 155.
    On wealth and virtue1 March 2018
    2:21
  148. 156.
    Use your time well...1 March 2018
    1:51
  149. 157.
    Virtue is a matter of practice1 March 2018
    2:10
  150. 158.
    Find wisdom wherever it is1 March 2018
    1:53
  151. 159.
    Opinions cannot hurt you1 March 2018
    2:59
  152. 160.
    On dealing with nasty people1 March 2018
    1:56
  153. 161.
    Philosophy is about doing1 March 2018
    2:03
  154. 162.
    Don’t sell your soul cheap!1 March 2018
    2:51
  155. 163.
    Read well, not a lot1 March 2018
    2:26
  156. 164.
    The duties of friendship1 March 2018
    2:22
  157. 165.
    How to act toward others1 March 2018
    2:06
  158. 166.
    Seneca on not wasting time1 March 2018
    2:00
  159. 167.
    Is the wise person self sufficient?28 February 2018
    2:27
  160. 168.
    Take care of your mind, it's precious28 February 2018
    2:16
  161. 169.
    Don't do anything that requires a wall or a curtain28 February 2018
    2:27
  162. 170.
    Time to die or to go lunch?30 December 2017
    2:10
  163. 171.
    Don’t postpone, life speeds by29 December 2017
    2:11
  164. 172.
    Useful vs pedantic knowledge27 December 2017
    2:10
  165. 173.
    Focus on what is in your power26 December 2017
    2:36
  166. 174.
    Marcus on not getting offended24 December 2017
    2:23
  167. 175.
    Epictetus on what is good22 December 2017
    2:14
  168. 176.
    Marcus is thankful21 December 2017
    2:10

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