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The way I’ve lived my life for the last few years has been massively informed by the core tenets of Stoicism. Trying to internalise and apply the lessons of Cato, Marcus Aurelius and Seneca has fundamentally changed the way I look at the world, helped me cope with the challenges that cross my path and made me infinitely more productive (and grateful).

Here are some of my favourite lessons/quotes (these are all from Seneca):

“The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”

“It is not that we are given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Do you have a ‘life philosophy’? If so, who have been the people/what have been the books that informed your choices? I’d love to find out. I don’t know my Eastern philosophy that well – but I am always interested in learning more.


  1. There’s a number of books that have effected me in different ways, but the one book that stands out is Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. It made me think of the way I use voice in my writing and how I identify myself v.s. the way others identify me.

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