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
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Personal Development

Reviews The Daily Stoic

  • Paula Terrado
    I’ve read this book already but i still read it everyday. It serves as a book vitamin to me. ❦ It helps me have a positive attitude when i’m feeling down.❦ It gives me a whole a new perspective.❦ It helps open my mind and help me understand things.❦ It helps me find something positive in a negative situation.❦ It just lifts me.It may be short but i believe it still served its purpose.These are just some of the things that this book ...
  • 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.
  • Sean Goh
    Read it in just under 6 weeks, rather than a year. Some days are repetitive, but then again so is life, since lessons tend to be repeated until learnt. But as the conclusion says, theory is easy, practice is hard (and never-ending).___Stoicism in a nutshell: Virtue (four cardinal virtues of self-control, courage, justice and wisdom) is happiness, and it is our perception of things - rather than the things themsleves - that cause most of our troub...
  • Raymond
    This was a really good collection of quotes from Stoic philosophers such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus and daily meditations from the authors Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. I read two meditations a day from December 2016 to July 2017. I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of these philosophers who lived around 2,000 years ago and it amazes me that their words stand the test of time. Big takeaways from the book: Be good, accept the t...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Adam McNamara
    Stoicism is an ancient philosophy. It asserts that virtue (meaning self-control, courage, justice, and wisdom) is happiness. To achieve virtue, and thus live happily, one must master the three Stoic disciplines: perceptions (how you see and understand the world), actions (how you act based on what you see), and will (how you feel when events are outside your control).The Daily Stoic is an exercise guide, not a history of Stoicism. Its goal is to ...
  • 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 (Сидни)
    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...
  • Adrianna
    I have to admit I wasn't reading this every day, I also started it in April, so I have missed a couple of months, I also skipped some days by just completely forgetting about this book, sometimes even weeks.However, some of the quotes and analysis of them were quite relatable, sometimes even on the days I would read them. It's rather a flexible and open-minded approach, it is often fitting to your current situation, or one you once found yourself...
  • Samantha Choo
    What the author has done is to compile quotes from great Stoics (mostly Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus) and try to make it relevant to the common reader by making cringeworthy references to Chuck Palahniuk or other modern figures and extremely shallow commentary. This book is probably meant for people who have never encountered Stoicism and would be a good start, but not for people already working towards Stoicism. Readers would do better ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Steve
    An excellent, practical series of meditations drawing on Stoic philosophy that guide everyday living in the modern world. Surprisingly relevant. Occasionally, the application of Stoic philosophy seemed to be drawing a long bow but, overall, beneficial advice. Much better than some of the saccharine advice given in some books of daily readings.
  • I.C. Robledo
    I am glad to have this handy book which was a wonderful introduction to Stoic philosophy. Many people may think that philosophy isn't very relevant because it deals with big abstract questions that don't seem to have firm solutions. Well, Stoic philosophy is different. It is completely based on practical understandings and tools we can adopt to live better lives. A common theme that is returned to time and again is that we must keep our minds on ...
  • Josh McVay
    Couldn’t recommend this enough. This is one New Years resolution that I’ll be forever thankful I picked up. Over the course of the last year these daily devotionals have managed to change the way I look at the world ever so slightly and have opened my mind to a new life philosophy. I have a long way to go in my study of Stoicism (a philosophy based around never making it to the destination) but this served as a perfect primer, opening a door ...
  • Amy
    So disappointed in this book. Stoicism isn't for this emotional artist.
  • Marianne
    I really loved every single Marcus Aurelius quotation - I always mean to get around to reading the Meditations properly; I found that Epictetus was often lovely to chew on; and I suppose both Seneca and the author's own writings were good practice at being stoic about my responses to things ;).I'm not sorry to say goodbye to this book and pick out a new daily reflection reader for 2018....
  • Stefan-Iulian Tesoi
    When in doubt, read the Daily Stoic! This book is supposed to be read over the course of a year and it indeed took me about a year to read it not because I've read everyday one of the 366 pieces of stoic wisdom but because I've read a bunch of them when I needed advice most. It was great reading it, each time I found strength, wisdom, motivation and inspiration.
  • DV
    Awesome collection of stoic wisdom. As usual, brilliantly brought together by Ryan Holiday. Has inspired me to re-read “the obstacle is the way”, “ego is the enemy” and “meditations”.
  • PolicemanPrawn
    This is stoicism broken down into daily bite-sized pieces. All satisfactory really, but it can be repetitive, and a little superficial. I couldn't read it day-by-day as you're supposed to, but would read bigger chunks every now and then.
  • Justin
    Essential Daily Reading Occasionally I had to read multiple days to catch up, but this book has been helpful through the year as I try to be more practical and less angsty in life. Get you one of these. It’s underpriced, really.
  • 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...
  • John Baker
    An awesome daily push in the right direction. Very straight forward. Easy to comprehend.
  • Juvoni
    A good daily companion for cultivating a stoic philosophy. Each month is themed and there are daily exerts from famous stoic philosophers with additional commentary from the authors. I liked the approach of spreading the read out across the year to allow space for the concepts to take root. However, I think the downside to that approach was that it makes the book feel fragmented. So I treat it like a supplementary too, it’s more valuable to go ...
  • 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.
  • Jacqueline
    3.5, really. I mean, I don't really need to review Seneca for you all, right? There are a number of people I'd like to give this to. I read this in a few big chunks instead of in small daily doses, which is probably not the best choice.
  • 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.
  • 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.