Cover of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine.

A Guide to the Good Life

The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

William B. Irvine

18 min read
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“A Guide to the Good Life” by William B. Irvine is an interesting read about how to live a happier and more fulfilled life. For the majority of us, one of our greatest fears is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end of it all that we have wasted our life. In “A Guide to the Good Life,” William Irvine, a professor of philosophy at Wright State University, explores the wisdom of the ancient Stoic philosophy and shows how its insight and advice are still very applicable to our lives today. This summary presents Stoicism in a rather interesting light, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Drawing on the psychological insights and the practical techniques of Stoicism, “A Guide to the Good Life” gives a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that troubles so many of us. "We have no control over the past; nor do we have any control over the present, if by the present we mean this very moment. Therefore, we are wasting our time if we worry about past or present events." ~ William Irvine