Stoicism is a philosophy for your mind that helps you deal with suffering and misfortune. In this podcast, I review stoicism’s strongest points as presented by three powerful thinkers (Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius) by using direct quotes from their most important works. I also share how I’ve used stoicism to reduce pain in my own life and how you can do the same through an effectively four-point strategy.

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  1. Smart Alex November 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I was going to react to this but then I stifled the emotion

    1. laurel and hardy November 18, 2016 at 4:18 am


      Seriously, you are so funny, everybody is laughing.

  2. schopenhauer rocks November 18, 2016 at 4:37 am

    “Stoicism is a philosophy for your mind that helps you deal with suffering and misfortune.”
    I think you described it very well. I really got into it almost two years ago after going through permanent shit myself. A lot of scholars (and scholars are not philosophers) say that Stoicism is “simple”. I think they are the first who don’t get it. Also, this great school of thought is getting tainted by people like Ryan Holiday. He is not bad, but it is beyond me how he mentions investment and marketing with Stoicism, it is like a cheapinming process. Stoicism is about mortality ,time, fate and hardiness, not f*****g mortgages or other stupid dilemmas. Another great philosopher is Schopenhauer, get the audible audio book the wisdom of life and counsel and maxims, they are brilliant. There is a lot of mntion about personal honour (applies very well to today’s where everyone is bitching about feeling offended for some reason, because some other idiots said something on twitter. Idiotic. Schopenhauer also writes extensively about women, and life in general, get the ukemi version, it is brilliant. I am also reading the book to digest everything, and I am also listening to Studies in Pessimism. I dislike the word pessimism, there is not anything pessimistic about it, it is only realistic. I am generally avoiding the majority of American authors, had enough of bullshit about marketing, success and wealth, that stuff puts me to sleep now. Check it out Roosh!

    1. schopenhaueroks November 18, 2016 at 4:49 am

      Oh, and of course I extensively read and listen to Seneca, Epictetus and Aurelius. Together with Schopenhauer. Powerful. I have never learned so much before even though I have read many books. The reality is that there is a lot of trash around.

      1. shopenhauer rocks November 18, 2016 at 4:56 am

        Also get The wisdom of life narrated by Ron Welch, excellent.

      2. schopenhauer rocks November 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm

        In defence of Ryan holiday, thought, he is 20 times better than Anthony Robbins, at least he is not a phonie like these goddamn self proclaimed “gurus” . I still do recommend his book the Daily Stoic.

  3. Jake November 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Hey Roosh, have you held meetings here in Atlanta? If not, when are you having them? I’d really like to go.


  4. Eric Johnson November 20, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    What version or translation of Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” do you recommend?

  5. Jonny-O December 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    No mention of the ekpyrosis, the fiery conflagration that destroys the world in stoicism, and the palindromos, the rebirth of the world and reperformance of everything that previously occurred?

  6. SEAN THOMAS January 7, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Earth to Roosh! Stoicism is about living a virtuous life and shunning the pursuit of external things. Your entire life (both private and professional) is all about the pursuit of one the most carnal exterior things in life. Mountebank?

    1. SEAN THOMAS January 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Mountebank is probably a little harsh. I enjoy the rest of your work. If you’ve figured out a way to only experience pleasure from external things without the pain, you need to share the method.