Four Stoic Virtues to Guide Our Lives

  1. Justice: Serving the common good.
  2. Courage: Persisting in what’s right.
  3. Temperance: Finding the right degree or amount and having self-discipline.
  4. Wisdom: Pursuing proper and enlightening education.
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1: Justice

  • Integrity: doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, even when it is hard.
  • Honesty: speaking the truth but with kindness.
  • Reciprocity: treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Broad Love: wanting the best for the all people

2: Courage

3: Temperance

4: Wisdom

  • We know how to be just and what to be just about. (Justice)
  • We know what to be courageous about, what to persist in, and what to resist. (Courage)
  • What the right amount and degree of something should be. (Temperance)

My Experience

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  • Eating to 70–80% full (the optimal degree)
  • Working at 85% intensity (an amount that can be sustained over the long-term)
  • Prioritizing health and relationships (focusing on the essentials)



  1. Justice: What do I do for the common good every day?
  2. Courage: What do I need to persist in? What should I be more strict on myself about?
  3. Temperance: What am I doing in excess or in deficiency? How can I get closer to the optimal amount?
  4. Wisdom: How much time am I spending every day or week to educate myself and improve my wisdom?




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