My first introduction to Stoic thinking came from reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning; a powerful book showing how important self-discipline and attitude are in situations that some may see as hopeless.

After discussing Tim O’Reilly’s thoughts on Classics last week, I was reminded of a post I’ve been meaning to read for a few months: a concise introduction to Stoicism by Ryan Holiday. (Billed as being an introduction ‘for entrepreneurs’, this merely means that it contains some real-world examples of the philosophy that you can put into practice straight away, cutting through the academic ambiguity.)

For further introductions, Glyn Hughes’ Squashed Philosophers provides condensed versions of many of the most important philosophical works (including modern thinkers such as Turing and Darwin).