tan jan Makus Olelius, lipu Toki (lipu Metitesion):

kili ike anu seme? o pana monsi e ni. kasi kiwen lon nasin? o kepeken e nasin ante. sina wile ala wile sin. o toki ala toki sin.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 8:50
A bitter cucumber? Throw it away. Brambles in the way? Walk around. That's enough. Don't say anything more.

Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν
Σίκυος πικρός; ἄφες. βάτοι ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ; ἔκκλινον. ἀρκεῖ, μὴ προσεπείπῃς: τί δὲ καὶ ἐγένετο ταῦτα ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ;

My paraphrase of of 8:51:

Be careful in my actions, and clear in my words and thoughts. Don’t try to run away from my ‘self’.
If I am standing next to a clear, pure stream and shovelling manure into it, it will keep bubbling up and wash itself clean. It stays unstained.
How can I be like that? How can I be like a perpetual spring instead of like a cistern?
By working hour after hour to win my freedom, with patience, honesty and humility.


“The primary mission of the Stoics… is to be helpful to others and serve the greater good, and they don’t do this to make themselves happy. They do it because it is the right and natural way to live.”

Ward Farnsworth, The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual, Chapter 11


“I also encountered… individuals who valued joy, indeed, according to Seneca, what Stoics seek to discover ‘is how the mind may always pursue a steady & favorable course, maybe well-disposed towards itself, & may view its conditions with joy.” [S]omeone who practices Stoic principles “must… necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and a joy that is deep and issues from deep within, since [they find] delight in [their] own resources”

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“I expected that the [Stoics would be] emotionally repressed individuals. I discovered, though, that the goal of the Stoics was not to banish emotion … but to banish negative emotions… I encountered individuals who were cheerful & optimistic about life (though they made it a point to spend time thinking about all the bad things that could happen) & who were fully capable of enjoying life's pleasures (while being careful not to be enslaved by those pleasures).”

“When someone criticizes you, they do so because they believe they are right. They can only go by their views, not yours. If their views are wrong, it is they who will suffer the consequences. Keeping this in mind, treat your critics with compassion. When you are tempted to get back at them, remind yourself, ‘They did what seemed to them to be the right thing to do.’ ”

Epictetus Handbook 42, translated by Chuck Chaprakani

Don’t wish that things will happen the way you want them to.
Instead, wish that what happens simply happens the way it happens:
then you’ll be happy.

Epictetus’s Enchiridion 8

Tonight I’m going to The Philosophy Shed at my local uni. Topic: the good life. No, not the British off-couples sitcom from the ‘70s. The Epicurean good life. I shall be restrained in my Stoic critiques.


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