Four Important Lessons From Seneca (IM 873)

The great stoic philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger, usually known as Seneca, was born in Cordoba in Hispania, and raised in Rome, where he was trained in rhetoric and philosophy. It is true that Seneca was very wealthy, indeed one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Rome. But, this didn’t change his…

These Five Quotes From Seneca (IM 872)

“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”   “Believe me it is better to understand the balance-sheet of one’s own life than of the corn trade.”   “It is not the man who has…

Cicero: Who He Was and What He Taught? (IM 868)

Marcus Tullius Cicero born in 106 BC, was one of the leading political figures of the era of Julius Caesar, Pompey, Marc Antony and Octavian. He was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar and Academic Skeptic who played an important role in the politics of the late Roman Republic and upheld optimate principles during the crisis…

Character is a Fate (IM 865)

Our character determines our fate. This is one of the lesson we can learn from ancient stoics. “The good fortune is what you make for yourself; Good fortune is good character, good intention and good action. ” Marcus Aurelius said.

“Hymn to Zeus”: A poem by Cleanthes (IM 861)

Most honored of immortals, many-named one, ever omnipotent, Zeus, prime mover of nature, steering all things by your law, Greetings! For it is proper for all mortals to speak to you: For we all descend from you, bearing our share of your likeness We alone, of all mortal creatures that live and move on earth….

Doing our work (IM 858)

We hear a lot of thing that are against our vision and goals. We often hear that our ideas are used by others somewhere. And we feel incomplete and hopeless in most of the cases as we think its a used idea. But what I want to emphasize is that if we keep doing our…

Quenching The Insatiable Hunger (IM 857)

There is a saying which goes, “A happy man wants ten thousand things, but a sick person wants just one thing.” There is this insatiable hunger for wanting more and more that makes us unsatisfied with what we have. The great philosopher and one of my favorites, Marcus Aurelius had answers to most of these…

These words of Marcus Aurelius…(IM 855)

…. You can live your life right now; let that determine what you do, say and think. “See things for what they are… Do what you can… And endure and bear what you must.” “Objective judgement, now, at this very moment. Unselfish action, now, at this very moment. Willing acceptance—now, at this very moment—of all…

Amor Fati: Love of Fate (IM 853)

The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche describes his formula for human greatness as “amor fati“- love of one’s fate. “That one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backwards, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it….but love it.” In one of his book he writes: I want…