Misperception of Stoics

— From A Guide to the Good Life – The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by WILLIAM B. IRVINE

I knew that the dictionary defines a stoic as “one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain.” I therefore expected that the uppercase-S Stoics would be lowercase-s stoical-that they would be emotionally repressed individuals. I discovered, though, that the goal of the Stoics was not to banish emotion from life but to banish negative emotions.”

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