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Author: Massimo Pigliucci

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at patreon.com/FigsInWinter. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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Anger is a short madness

Anger is a short madness

2019-10-2100:03:00

Anger is very like a falling rock which breaks itself to pieces upon the very thing which it crushes. That you may know that they whom anger possesses are not sane, look at their appearance.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Stoics have no problem with wealth. We are not Cynics, after all. So long as it is not ill-gotten, or ill-used, it represents yet another preferred indifferent, yet another occasion to exercise virtue.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
An eye, when open, has no option but to see. The decision whether to look at a particular man’s wife, however, and how, belongs to the will.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
To have lived 60 years, or 70, or 100 is an interesting factoid, but the real question is: have you lived well?--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
No one dies too soon

No one dies too soon

2019-10-1500:02:53

Unless you believe in miracles, you agree that events are regulated by cause and effect. In which case the notion that someone dies "too soon" is highly problematic. Not just metaphysically, but for your own mental well being.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Life is short, and we should thread lightly, mindful of the fact that it is up to us to leave the place in good conditions, so that the next travelers will enjoy it as much as we did.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
If sickness had carried off that glory and support of the empire Gnaeus Pompeius, at Naples, he would have died the undoubted head of the Roman people, but as it was, a short extension of time cast him down from his pinnacle of fame.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
On the nature of death

On the nature of death

2019-10-1000:03:04

If anyone pities the dead, he ought also to pity those who have not been born. Death is neither a good nor a bad thing, for that alone which is something can be a good or a bad thing.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
He who dies need fear no darkness, no prison, no blazing streams of fire, no river of Lethe, no judgment seat before which he must appear, and that Death is such utter freedom that he need fear no more despots.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Whenever we decide to do something, we enter in a bargain with the cosmic web of cause-effect. The decision and effort is up to us, the outcome not so.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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Facundo Pegue

explain please ayn rand and stoics ,thanks

Feb 1st
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ID

fantastic antidote to the current news cycle.

Jan 18th
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Sonal Pandey

Awesome episodes, only wish the content were a bit longer than the ads.

Jan 9th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing. thank you maximo.

Dec 11th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing

Dec 6th
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Ben fox

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Dec 6th
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Ben fox

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Dec 6th
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Facundo Pegue

thNks to you. amazing

Dec 5th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing episode. thank you. and i'm reading meditations. the best way of reading and learning it's with your teachings podcasts. thank you

Nov 27th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing, thank you.

Nov 23rd
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Facundo Pegue

amazing, thank you.

Nov 20th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you

Nov 17th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you.

Nov 7th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you

Nov 7th
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moody

Love your podcast but would be awesome if you made something a bit longer

Oct 11th
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Pablo Ribeiro

Fantastic. It's incredible how it's easy for us to forget this kind of simple and important thing.

Oct 3rd
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Jussie

great advice. Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 26th
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Craig LaCasse

I love these podcasts. I had to laugh, though, after the first listening, when I heard "Recorded with Anchor." I missheard Anchor and thought the word used was anger.

Jun 9th
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Jussie

a fantastic way of getting huge chunks of advice/wisdom in short bursts. no need to get drowned in info that some audio books thrash out. just listen to 1 or 2 or 3 episodes a day, or none. it doesn't matter really, when you do listen again you'll have maximised 2 minutes of your life and widened your perception. Not sure about the recent addition of cheesy music though.

Apr 11th
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Rose Hearse

I like these short meditations but the sound balance between the content and the advert makes it difficult to listen to. I have to turn my volume up to hear the content, then skip or turn it down quickly before the ad comes on. I'd like to accept some suffering in life, but I can find stoic teaching podcasts with better sound quality so right now I prefer those other podcasts over this one.

Feb 10th
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