Letters From a Stoic
(Would not read again, Do not recommend)
This guy is the equivalent of a modern day hipster.
Spends a lot of the time hating on the roman equivalent of the Kardashians and their followers.
Is definitely influenced by Buddhist ideas.
His books feels like a collection of motivational quotes.
“YOU ask me to say what you should consider it particularly important to avoid. My answer is this: a mass crowd.”
” How can novelty of surroundings abroad and becoming acquainted with foreign scenes or cities be of any help? All that dashing about turns out to be quite futile. And if you want to know why all this running away cannot help you, the answer is simply this: you are running away in your own company. You have to lay aside the load on your spirit. Until you do that, nowhere will satisfy you”
“Regard him as loyal, and you will make him loyal. Some men’s fear of being deceived has taught people to deceive them; by their suspiciousness they give them the right to do the wrong thing by them. Why should I keep back anything when I’m with a friend? Why shouldn’t I imagine I’m alone when I’m in his company?”
“You must inevitably either hate or imitate the world. But the right thing is to shun both courses: you should neither become like the bad because they are many, nor be an enemy of the many because they are unlike you.”