“A Guide to the Good Life” by William B. Irvine

Everything you know about stoic wisdom is wrong, probably.

Before reading the book the statement definitely could be applied to descripe myself.

Because of the type of the society we live in focusing on money and the fact that philosophy isn’t a common subject of conversations or education, most people do not understand the beauty of stoic joy. For them there is nothing like stoic joy at all believing that the philisophy is about self-control and the lack of happiness.

So wrong!

William B. Irvine in a very clear way fights this misconeption. The book is very easy to read (or to listen to as it was in my case). The author gives us a great insight into the history of this way of living that was implemented by legendary people like Marcus Aurelius.

The best thing about the book though is that the author himself has recently started living the stoic life so he knows exactly how it is like to change, thus giving great advices and showing actions that can be easily taken to become better stoics and thus improve the quality of your life.

Definitely one of the best books I have read in 2016. Now it’s time to work on myself and put the wisdom from the book into action.

 

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