The philosophy of stoicism is often mistakenly equated with a spirit of resigned acceptance. But in its original form, as it evolved centuries ago through thinkers like Zeno and Seneca, it was far more nuanced and robust, regarded as key to living a good life. In Lives Of The Stoics: The Art Of Living From Zeno To Marcus Aurelius (Profile Books, ₹599), Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman offer us a treasury of insights that should benefit anyone struggling to get through the trials of the 21st century, especially in this period of tragic uncertainty wrought by the covid-19 pandemic. Keep this book within easy reach.
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