— Nicholas Vardy “Here’s a quick summary of what Stoicism teaches us. Lesson No. 1: Radical Acceptance: Acceptance stands at the core of Stoicism. The Stoics tell us that we should accept unconditionally anything that is outside of our control. Avoiding the unpleasant in life is impossible. It’s best to bear the uncomfortable with equanimity.
No person hands out their money to passersby, but to how many do each of us hand out our lives! We’re tightfisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.
No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have
This is the secret of cheerfulness—not depending on someone’s help or expecting them to provide us tranquillity
There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind, especially if he has within himself the kind of thoughts that let him dip into them and so at once gain complete ease of mind; and by ease of mind, I mean nothing but having one’s own mind in good order. So constantly give yourself this retreat and renew yourself
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills; and you too are especially inclined to feel this desire. But this is altogether unphilosophical, when it is possible for you to retreat into yourself at any time you want. There is nowhere that a person can find a
Charlie Munger on the secret to a long and happy life…
… Now that is easy, because it’s so simple. You don’t have a lot of envy. You don’t have a lot of resentment, You don’t overspend your income. You stay cheerful in spite of your troubles. You deal with reliable people and you do what you’re supposed to do. And all these simple rules work