The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Stoic

A beautifully packaged, gifty daily devotional of Stoic wisdom, from the author of The Obstacle is the Way. Modern readers praise Stoic philosophy for its unique blend of practicality and wisdom. But it's admittedly hard for the average reader to decipher the Dover Thrift edition of Marcus Aurelius' work. The antiquated, needlessly formal language of most modern translations is stripped down in this book, revealing powerful aphorisms that cut st...

Details The Daily Stoic

TitleThe Daily Stoic
Release DateOct 18th, 2016
Number of pages416 pages
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development

Reviews The Daily Stoic

  • Phill
    I bought this book in hopes to get a modern take of stoic philosophy. The book is intended to start on January 1st which is slightly distracting but that's neither here nor there. Each passage has a snippet of a classic stoic philosopher and a few paragraphs on how that particular snippet can be implemented in modern life. I personally don't particularly see eye to eye with how the authors choose to implement the philosophy. Without getting to po...
  • Sydney O
    This is definitely a unique book. To begin with, I do not follow the philosophy of Stoicism; however, that does not seem to be necessary in order to keep up with this book (say, how you would need to be of a certain group to understand certain catchphrases or words, this book is written for the public to embrace the basics of Stoicism and apply it to their everyday life).The format is very user- friendly. Each day is a teaching; and you are asked...
  • Ying Ying
    The meditations are so short that they cannot satisfy my daily thirst. However, because the texts are not tightly connected, "reading" quickly on one-go feels like drinking too many different beverages at the same time; soon you lose your feeling.What this book did do is to re-awaken my interest in stoicism and my desire to go back to the actual texts, which are much more thoughtful and profound, and hence significantly more delightful.
  • Amy
    While I respect the main tenants of the stoics, namely to understand the difference between what you can control and what you can't, I found this book to be problematic. For one, there is not a single mention of a woman or the pronoun she anywhere, which once again writes women out of the history of philosophy. Also, the author's analysis seems very anti-emotion, and as an artist this was revolting. Emotion and logic should exist in harmony, and ...
  • Sarah
    Started reading this with the new year and stopped today. It was frustratingly repetitive, with only 2 or 3 ideas said over and over again in different ways by different people.
  • Alejandro
    I am a fan of some of Marcus Aurelius' writing so I bought this book looking forward to discovering other ancient Stoic writers. Instead, I found mostly the interpretations of the editor with just small snippets from the Stoic greats. Sometimes it's hard to find the Stoic quotes amidst the simplistic and shallow commentary of the editor.
  • Samy
    This book is meant to be read one day at a time, but I couldn’t help but go through it over the course of a couple of weeks. Emotional stability is something that’s of the utmost importance if you want to make the best decisions in your life. I find that the stoic philosophy lends itself well to distancing yourself from other people’s behavior so that you truly focus on what’s in your own control. For people who are very future-oriented l...
  • Daniel Taylor
    Make your life worth living, face your fear of death!Pop culture likes to lead you to believe that if you set your mind to anything, you can achieve it.But you don't need to live too long to realise you don't have complete control over circumstances. You may have prospered yesterday and yet experience a reversal today.So what is the one thing that's completely in your control? Your mind. And because you control your mind, you control your choices...
  • Sandy Kemp
    It's perfect for it's purpose, a daily dip into stoic wisdom. Those who rated it one star are judging against a standard it's not attempting to meet. The author does not claim to give the best translations, only accessible ones. I'm probably going to end up buying this and reading it daily for years.For those looking for deep dives rather than a daily dip, read Long's translation of Meditations (or Hays for a version that's like having the author...
  • Patrick
    I need to start my day with a philosophical and spiritual pause. To get focused and right sized. This book is useful for that. However, it's aimed at a business or yuppie audience. Some of the reflections are douchey and self serving. I find that grating. Still, I'm interested in stoicism and I'll be reading this book five or six times a week.
  • A
    This book outlines the stoic approach to life. The book is broken down into short reminders and brief explanations. A book you'll likely come back to from time to time. It does not need to read in sequence.
  • Mike Bo-Quick E-O
    If you want to dive deep into Stoicism this is not the book for you. Within the Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday selects proverbs from some of the most well known Stoic Philosophers and adds some his own modern day context. Each month focuses on a different aspect of the philosophy and has one page allocated per day.Personally I love this format. I start each day with the daily meditation and throughout the day try to revisit, and incorporate the ideas ...
  • April
    I started this book in December and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, there isn't much original content and I can only stand having Fight Club quoted at me so many times. I ended up reading through August.
  • Enrique López Mañas
    My first approach to stoicism happened after reading articles by Tim Ferris. I also followed Ryan Holiday for some time, but in opposition to his other books The Daily Stoic effectively develops through a conductive thread. I understand Stoicism as the European version of the Asian Buddhism flows. Stoicism is often claimed to be an emotionless and selfish approach to life, which can be disregarded. I previously read the narrative from Seneca, and...
  • Ted
    I haven’t finished this book. It’s not really the kind of book one would finish. Instead, one just keeps working through it. This is a collection of daily readings taken from some of the prominent Roman Stoics [primarily Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus]. So, I have progressed through the readings for most of January, and am able to form an impression. The book does exactly what I wanted. It provides an introduction to Stoic ethical phi...
  • Will Simpson
    A great read. Designed to be read one meditation per day but I read it straight through. Lots of heady stuff here. Meaty practices and thought provoking axioms. Often the dialog that Ryan Holiday provided focused on a part of the meditation I didn’t key on and this was usually insightful. You can’t go wrong with 366 quotes from the heavyweights of ancient Stoicism. I’ll be referring to this book in the future.
  • Elijah
    These are extremely short snippets from the Stoics, many of them SO short that the meaning is lost without the much-longer commentary the editors attach. Most of the book consists of this commentary, which is inferior to the original text the snippet was from and insultingly simplistic. I also didn't like the translations, which were apparently meant to "clarify" the text but end up being clunky in some instances and silly in others. For example,...
  • Joseph Molloy
    This book is unlike any other that I have read. Or rather used. Used is an odd word to apply to a book but that is what you do with the The Daily Stoic. You use it.Because it’s a daily reader. Each day of the year has it’s own page and a quote from a Stoic philosopher. There’s a brief explanation or some further thoughts on the idea and that’s it. Put it down until the next day.I’ve found it to be useful. I’ve read the major Stoic wor...
  • Joseph Sanchez
    As a daily contemplative reader, this book does its job. The stoics wrote very quotable passages, each one thought provoking in its own right, and Holiday has done a good job of curating the material into monthly categories, each one focusing on a singular subject. Perhaps it aspires to depths it can't really reach, as in December's subject on Mortality which I was disappointed to see only scrape the surface of that very real motivator/signifier ...
  • Panaes
    ' To bear trials with calm mind, robs misfortune of its strength and burden'' Many timesan old man has no other evidence besides his age to prove he has lived a long time'' Hecato says, 'cease to hope and you will cease to fear'....The primary cause of both ills is that instead of adapting ourselves to present circumstances we send out thoughts too far ahead' ' When you are distressed by an external thing, it's not the thing itself that troubles ...
  • Jakob Borg
    I have read this book three times and will read it again. It is one of those books that you will always find a new little piece of wisdom in that you missed or hadn't fully appreciated previously. The authors do an excellent job at making the stoic lessons of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, etc. easily digestible.
  • Trish
    This is a great book to clear your head with.
  • Jill
    In one pithy word: rudimentary.What an affront to the great thinkers of ancient times. Each "daily meditation" is but a tiny drop of water splashing itself into the vast blue sea; nary an impact, nary a difference.Would not recommend.
  • Lisa
    I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.Clearly I haven't finished the entire book but I'm enjoying the daily mediations. Every day I read the entry before or after I write in my journal. It really makes you think.
  • Jeff Poulton
    The perfect daily doseExactly what I was looking for: a bite-sized chunk of Stoic wisdom to fall asleep to each night. Every page is full of quoteable content sure to leave you in thoughtful contemplation or determined confidence.
  • Ryan
    I enjoy this book. I say enjoy, because it is a book you can return to daily to refresh and re-center yourself in Stoic philosophy.
  • Chad Gorshing
    I'm loving this book, but this is a daily reading. So instead of keeping it up all year round, I'm going to mark it off.This will probably turn into a daily read for me for years to come.
  • Michael
    Great book that I will continue to read on a daily basis.
  • Akhil Jain
    a repeat for anyone who has read Seneca + preachy instead of smart tricks to do whats suggested
  • Martha
    Good daily meditation or prompt for journal writing.