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Stoic Meditations
Stoic Meditations
Massimo Pigliucci

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers with Prof. Massimo Pigliucci. Complete index by author and source at... more

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1094. The Olympics have already started!

When faced with anything painful or pleasurable, anything bringing glory or disrepute, realize that the crisis is now, that the... more

23 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1093. Homer and Chrysippus

If I admire the interpretation [of a philosophical treatise], I have turned into a literary critic instead of a philosopher,... more

22 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1092. Don't judge others

Someone bathes in haste; don’t say he bathes badly, but in haste. Someone drinks a lot of wine; don’t say... more

19 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1091. Non sequiturs

The following are non-sequiturs: ‘I am richer, therefore superior to you’; or ‘I am a better speaker, therefore a better... more

18 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1090. Every cup has two handles

Everything has two handles: one by which it may be borne, another by which it cannot. If your brother acts... more

17 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1089. Of insults and logic

Whenever anyone criticizes or wrongs you, remember that they are only doing or saying what they think is right. They... more

16 Aug 2022 · 3 minutes
1088. Wrong priorities

As you are careful when you walk not to step on a nail or turn your ankle, so you should... more

15 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1087. Conversation and company

When you’re called upon to speak, then speak, but never about banalities like gladiators, horses, sports, food and drink –... more

12 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1086. Grief and loss

When somebody’s wife or child dies, to a man we all routinely say, ‘Well, that’s part of life.’ But if... more

11 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
1085. Money

If I can make money while remaining honest, trustworthy and dignified, show me how and I will do it. But... more

10 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
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1094. The Olympics have already started!
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