Tag: occasional stoic

  • Your Occasional Stoic – From the Father: Integrity, Hard Work, Modesty

    In my father I observed mildness of temper, and unchangeable resolution in the things which he had determined after due deliberation. No vainglory in those things which men call honors. A love of labor and perseverance. A readiness to listen to those who had anything to propose for the common weal. An undeviating firmness in […]

  • Your Occasional Stoic – we’re always “too busy”

    From Alexander the Platonist: rarely, and never without essential cause, to say or write to anyone that ‘I am too busy’; nor to use a similar excuse, advancing ‘pressure of circumstances’ in constant avoidance of the proprieties inherent in our relations to our fellows and contemporaries –          Aurelius, Meditations, 1:12 Alexander the Platonist was for […]

  • Your Occasional Stoic: Decency and Mild Temper

    “From my grandfather Verus: decency and a mild temper” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 1:1 Verus here is Marcus Annius Verus, three time consul and Marcus’s grandfather. Marcus father died when he was very young, and Verus adopted the boy, raising him to adulthood. This first meditation sets the tone for the work, much of what […]