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The Practicing Stoic

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The Practicing Stoic is a book about human nature and its management. The wisest students of that subject in ancient times, and perhaps of all time, were known as the Stoics. Their insights have long been hard to see as a whole because they are spread over a wide range sources that are two thousand years old. This book brings together the most valuable of the Stoic teachings in one place for the first time. It presents the original words of the Stoics in freshly revised translations, organizes them in an intuitive way for the modern reader, and surrounds them with commentary that makes their meaning clear. It is a perfect book for the newcomer to Stoicism, and an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in the subject.

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What people are saying about the book:

It is reported that upon Seneca’s tomb are written the words, “Who’s Minding the Stoa?” He would be pleased to know the answer is “Ward Farnsworth.”  David Mamet.

An extraordinary book. The Practicing Stoic provides enough richness to power a hundred years of seminars, combined with a framework of organization and interpretation that makes the subject clear and accessible. Worth much more than its weight in gold.  Mark Helprin.

Farnsworth beautifully integrates his own observations with scores of quotations from Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne and others. As a result, this isnít just a book to read, itís a book to return to. —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post.

This is a book any thoughtful person will be glad to have along as a companion for an extended weekend or, indeed, for that protracted journey we call life. —The New Criterion (review by Roger Kimball).

Of all the wonderful books by Ward Farnsworth, this may be the very best. Itís an extraordinary accomplishment. —Bryan Garner.

Ward Farnsworth reframes the stoics with wit and insight. —The Millions (review by Ed Simon).

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Author :: Publisher

The Practicing Stoic

The Practicing Stoic

Order the book at
amazon.com here.

The Practicing Stoic is a book about human nature and its management. The wisest students of that subject in ancient times, and perhaps of all time, were known as the Stoics. Their insights have long been hard to see as a whole because they are spread over a wide range sources that are two thousand years old. This book brings together the most valuable of the Stoic teachings in one place for the first time. It presents the original words of the Stoics in freshly revised translations, organizes them in an intuitive way for the modern reader, and surrounds them with commentary that makes their meaning clear. It is a perfect book for the newcomer to Stoicism, and an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in the subject.

What people are saying about the book:

It is reported that upon Seneca’s tomb are written the words, “Who’s Minding the Stoa?” He would be pleased to know the answer is “Ward Farnsworth.” —David Mamet.

An extraordinary book. The Practicing Stoic provides enough richness to power a hundred years of seminars, combined with a framework of organization and interpretation that makes the subject clear and accessible. Worth much more than its weight in gold. —Mark Helprin.

Farnsworth beautifully integrates his own observations with scores of quotations from Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne and others. As a result, this isnít just a book to read, itís a book to return to. —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post.

This is a book any thoughtful person will be glad to have along as a companion for an extended weekend or, indeed, for that protracted journey we call life. —The New Criterion (review by Roger Kimball).

Of all the wonderful books by Ward Farnsworth, this may be the very best. Itís an extraordinary accomplishment. —Bryan Garner.

Ward Farnsworth reframes the stoics with wit and insight. —The Millions (review by Ed Simon).

Every household should have a copy.

Interested in rhetoric? Try this by the same author.

Interested in metaphor? Try this by the same author.

Interested in law? Try this by the same author.

Interested in chess? Try this by the same author, and also this, or visit the online version here.