“The Practicing Stoic” and Stoic Week Celebrations

Stoic Week has come to an end, but that does not stop us from celebrating the wisdom and insight we have gained from Ward Farnsworth’s “The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual.”

Here are some of our favorite quotes from the novel:

“Our reactions to all things are of our own making, even if they don’t seem that way, and that we underrate our power to rid ourselves of the ones who treat us poorly.”

“Material things are indifferent; how we use them is not.”

“By seeing how small our affairs look in the larger scheme of things, the Stoic means to induce a felt sense of humility and attraction to virtue.”

“As befits a good Stoic, Farnsworth’s expository prose exhibits both clarity and an unflappable calm… Throughout The Practicing Stoic, Farnsworth beautifully integrates his own observations with scores of quotations from Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne and others. As a result, this isn’t just a book to read—it’s a book to return to, a book that will provide perspective and consolation at times of heartbreak or calamity.” — Michael Dirda, The Washington Post