Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings

Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings

Musonius Rufus (c. AD 30-100) was one of the four great Roman Stoic philosophers, the other three being Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Musonius' pupil Epictetus. During his life, Musonius' Stoicism was put to the test, most notably during an exile to Gyaros, a barren island in the Aegean Sea. Because Stoicism was, for Musonius, not merely a philosophy but a prescription for Musonius Rufus (c. AD 30-100) was one of the four great Roman Stoic philosophers, the other three being Seneca, Marcus Aur...

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Title:Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings
Author:Musonius Rufus
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ISBN:145645966X
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Number of Pages:102 pages pages

Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings Reviews

  • Eugene
    Feb 07, 2015

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

    Spare and clearly stated. If Seneca's epistles are a Stoic smorgasbord, Musonius Rufus' writings are Stoic field rations. ...

    I had been meaning to read Rufus. While I enjoyed this it may noy be at the level of re-readability as Marcus or Seneca. ...

  • Colin
    Jun 18, 2014

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

    Spare and clearly stated. If Seneca's epistles are a Stoic smorgasbord, Musonius Rufus' writings are Stoic field rations. ...

    I had been meaning to read Rufus. While I enjoyed this it may noy be at the level of re-readability as Marcus or Seneca. ...

    A good practical introduction to the thought of Musonius Rufus, "The Roman Socrates" . . . ...

  • Matthew
    Apr 10, 2011

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

  • Mark Mulvey
    Jun 08, 2019

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

  • Abhi Yerra
    Aug 16, 2014

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

    Spare and clearly stated. If Seneca's epistles are a Stoic smorgasbord, Musonius Rufus' writings are Stoic field rations. ...

    I had been meaning to read Rufus. While I enjoyed this it may noy be at the level of re-readability as Marcus or Seneca. ...

    A good practical introduction to the thought of Musonius Rufus, "The Roman Socrates" . . . ...

    Musonius Rufus is a Stoic philosopher like Marcus Aurelius. This text assembled by his students since Rufus himself didn?t write is similar to Meditations in that regard. ...

  • Marijke
    Jul 09, 2013

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

  • Ajay
    Aug 05, 2016

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

  • Scribbler
    Oct 29, 2017

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

  • Geoff Graham
    Nov 04, 2018

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

  • Ross Cohen
    Dec 06, 2014

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

    Spare and clearly stated. If Seneca's epistles are a Stoic smorgasbord, Musonius Rufus' writings are Stoic field rations. ...

  • Andrew
    Sep 08, 2012

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

  • Peahen
    Jul 12, 2014

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

  • Nick
    Oct 17, 2013

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

    Spare and clearly stated. If Seneca's epistles are a Stoic smorgasbord, Musonius Rufus' writings are Stoic field rations. ...

    I had been meaning to read Rufus. While I enjoyed this it may noy be at the level of re-readability as Marcus or Seneca. ...

    A good practical introduction to the thought of Musonius Rufus, "The Roman Socrates" . . . ...

    Musonius Rufus is a Stoic philosopher like Marcus Aurelius. This text assembled by his students since Rufus himself didn?t write is similar to Meditations in that regard. ...

    A general introduction to stoicism. ...

  • Timothy Kestrel
    Feb 26, 2013

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

  • George
    May 01, 2012

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

  • Grady McCallie
    Oct 06, 2016

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

  • Kevin Mencarelli
    Jan 04, 2016

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

    Spare and clearly stated. If Seneca's epistles are a Stoic smorgasbord, Musonius Rufus' writings are Stoic field rations. ...

    I had been meaning to read Rufus. While I enjoyed this it may noy be at the level of re-readability as Marcus or Seneca. ...

    A good practical introduction to the thought of Musonius Rufus, "The Roman Socrates" . . . ...

    Musonius Rufus is a Stoic philosopher like Marcus Aurelius. This text assembled by his students since Rufus himself didn?t write is similar to Meditations in that regard. ...

    A general introduction to stoicism. ...

    Musonius Rufus with out a doubt is my favorite Stoic author. He is the most positive of all the writers I have read thus far. I would highly recommend this book to all. ...

  • Ryan Murdock
    Jan 20, 2013

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

  • Daniel
    Mar 01, 2013

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

  • Erik Golbiw
    Mar 21, 2018

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

  • Tom Quinn
    Aug 07, 2015

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

  • Erick
    Jul 20, 2019

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

  • Richard Tullberg
    Jul 06, 2015

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

  • Olof
    Nov 25, 2017

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

  • Paul H Aube
    Apr 10, 2018

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...

    So much easier to read then the Epictetus Art of Living and yet coveying similar principles. I had never heard of this philosopher until I downloaded the Kindle version of this work. I am glad I did. ...

    Very well organized and the effort that went into producing this volume is evident. Three stars only because Rufus is not as dense with aphorisms applicable to modern times as, say, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic or Aurelius' Meditations - Rufus' advice for living is somewhat anchored t...

    A very practical explanation of how to apply Stoicism is everyday situations. Although dated, many of the instances described are accurate today. ...

    I found out about Musonius Rufus through William B. Irvine's brilliant book on Stoicism for the modern day (A Guide to the Good Life: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...) and afterwards thought I'd search for a translation of Rufus' work and ideas. I found this version and wasn...

    Disappointment not with the translation, which was easy to read along with a careful introduction and footnotes, but with the content. Some of Rufus's arguments didn't make a lot of sense, compared with the rigor of Epictetus or even Marcus Aurelius (the latter shared the informal tone...

    I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in philosophy. Gaius Musonius Rufus is sometimes referred to as "the Roman Socrates." At his time, he was a well known and often quoted public figure. The other Roman Stoic philosophers were Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Musonius'...

    Short book on practical stoic teachings. Allot of it is second hand from what I believe was one of his students. Usually starts of with a broad topic followed by a short lecture by Musonius. Only complaint is that it is far to short but what can you do when the records don't exist. ...

    Musonius Rufus is the lesser known of the 4 great Roman Stoic philosophers (the others being Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). That's a shame, because there's a great deal of wisdom contained in this slim volume. ...

    Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, or to refine your thinking about your goals and troubles. ...

    It's fine, it just doesn't stand up to Seneca, Marcus or Epictetus. Actually, Epictetus gave a much more nuanced account of the principles Rufus articulates here, just read him instead. ...

    Spare and clearly stated. If Seneca's epistles are a Stoic smorgasbord, Musonius Rufus' writings are Stoic field rations. ...

    I had been meaning to read Rufus. While I enjoyed this it may noy be at the level of re-readability as Marcus or Seneca. ...

    A good practical introduction to the thought of Musonius Rufus, "The Roman Socrates" . . . ...

    Musonius Rufus is a Stoic philosopher like Marcus Aurelius. This text assembled by his students since Rufus himself didn?t write is similar to Meditations in that regard. ...

    A general introduction to stoicism. ...

    Musonius Rufus with out a doubt is my favorite Stoic author. He is the most positive of all the writers I have read thus far. I would highly recommend this book to all. ...

    A must for the Stoic practitioner If you are serious about this way of life, read it, own it and complement with other ancient authors. Become excellent. ...

  • Kalle Nordenstorm
    Oct 31, 2016

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

  • C.K. Shaw
    Jan 10, 2018

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

  • Mark Bridgeman
    Dec 31, 2017

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

  • Adam
    Jul 01, 2018

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

  • Htb2050
    Aug 22, 2014

    A recommendation to new Stoics: First read Marcus for the foundation. Then read Seneca for the gravity. Then read Epictetus for a refresher. Then read this book. All of the Stoic authors say the same basic things, but with a variety of examples and personality that keeps them di...

    Musonius Rufus was another notable later Stoic. He was said to have been the teacher of Epictetus. Like Epictetus, much of this material is of an ethical nature, and was taken mainly from extracts found in Stobaeus. Musonius Rufus undoubtedly set the bar high for being a philosophe...

    I like especially the practical and straightforward tone of Musonius Rufus with guidelines that basically aims to the daily life, with no mention of any abstruse issues of the stoic doctrine. "If you choose to hold on to what is right, don't despair in difficult circumstances-reflec...

    If Seneca manifests the Stoic as a (neurotic) aristocrat, Gaius Musonius Rufus embodies the Stoic as a man of more modest means. His philosophical judgments are appealing and down to earth, as in this comment from a lecture on furnishing a house: "On the whole, we can judge whether var...

    ___2019____ 'He was an ancient feminist' that's how I would pitch Rufus to most people. But the real reasons I like it are: 1. He is intellectually honest, curious and takes practical morality seriously. 2. Reading the thoughts of an intelligent, erudite from another time is an ef...

    'They say that of all people, Musonius pursued philosophy most perfectly.' I'm sure he did. This is an interesting short set of lectures and fragments of sayings of one of the big three four Stoic philosophers, whose works have survived. As mentioned in the introduction he's the lea...

    Along with Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Musionius Rufus was one of the four great Roman Stoics. This is a no-nonsense translation of his lectures. Translations of Rufus are apparently quite rare. This one can be had from lulu.com. ...

    ?If you work hard to do what is right, do not be upset by roadblocks; think about how many of the things in your life haven?t turned out as you wanted them to, but as they should have.? ?Indeed, we will hold that one man and one man only is truly wealthy?he who learns to w...

    In order for us to withstand more easily and eagerly the pains we would be suffering on account of virtue and noble character, it is useful to consider how much trouble those who pursue illicit love-affairs undergo because of their wicked passions, how much others put up with for the s...

    A wandering compilation of mostly esoteric lectures and sayings from Stoicism's fourth sage. Having read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, I was interested to learn about the lesser known Musonius Rufus, Epictetus' teacher. The lecture on beards alone makes the book worth read...

    A good read. Probably not the first book I'd recommend to someone who wants to learn about Stoicism, but a necessity for anyone who wants to go deeper. Especially interesting were Musonius Rufus views about women, which are lacking from other Stoic writings. Musonius believed that wome...

    Simple and brilliant What a wonderful book full of simple yet readily accessible wisdom, highlighted recommended for all people wishing to get the best out of life. Stoicism is joyous and for everyone. ...

    not much in these. Epictetus gives a much more detailed description of the very same principles. ...