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Before we get into this weekend’s Stoic Review—in case you missed it, last week, we announced a premium leather-bound edition of Meditations.** Because our paperback copies were starting to get a little worse for wear, we went out and created an edition with a level of quality not possible with mass produced books. First, we reached out to Gregory Hays, the translator of the Modern Library edition of Meditations, and bought the rights to our favorite translation. Then, we found the best Bible manufacturer in the United Kingdom and worked with them to produce editions with a gold foil-stamped cover, gilded-edge pages printed on premium-grade paper at their factory in London. We found a great designer to create custom illustrations to delineate each section. And finally, we found a packaging company to make a gold foil-stamped box for another layer of protection in preparation for this edition to stand the test of time, just like the content inside.

**We are shipping the premium leather edition of Meditations as they arrive. Our sales have exceeded our expectations, but we do have limited quantities left. To secure a holiday delivery of Meditations, place your order on or before November 30th. For more details and to secure your copy before we sell out, please visit dailystoic.com/meditations


If you want to talk about passing on a legacy, that’s the best you can do. If you want to be admired, be a good person. Live life by a rare spirit. Be in control of yourself. Be generous. Live by those four virtues Marcus lived by. Every day, even if no one gives you credit.

— Why We Admire Marcus Aurelius (Listen)


In one of the most watched videos on the Daily Stoic YouTube Channel this week, we put together 45 of our favorite quotes from Marcus Aurelius, including:

“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”

Watch the full video: The Most Life Changing Marcus Aurelius Quotes


In one of the most listened to episodes of the Daily Stoic podcast this week, Ryan Holiday spoke to Thomas Ricks about his new book Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968, the brilliant strategic preparation of the Civil Rights leaders, and the impact those leaders are still having today:

“It’s striking—in recent years, as Black Lives Matters came together and a movement was trying to focus on police brutality, some of the members of the movement reached back to the Civil Rights movement. At one point, a young woman went to Jim Lawson, and his message for her was: the test of a demonstration is not how many people you put out on the street today. The test of a demonstration is whether you can do it again tomorrow. Tenacity. Persistence.”

Listen to the full episode: Thomas Ricks on the Military History of the Civil Rights Movement


“The Mississippi is surrounded by a vast network of concealed plumbing that underlies the whole of the American Midwest. As for the great river at the heart of this maze, it is now for all intents and purposes a man-made artifact…The Mississippi is one of the busiest industrial corridors in the world.”

— Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild by Lee Sandlin


Deeds, not words.

“l have a horror of words that are not translated into deeds,” Theodore Roosevelt once said, “of speech that does not result in action.”

Marcus Aurelius reminded himself that he should not waste one more minute arguing about what a good man was like, that his job was to “be one.”

Epictetus put it better than both of them: “Don’t talk about your philosophy, embody it.”

(For more on this idea, watch this video!)



We Are Not Alone (Listen)

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