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Memorize the Stoics!

Memorize the Stoics!

The Ancient Art of Memory Meets the Timeless Art of Living

By Kevin Vost

230 pp

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Memorize the Stoics! The Ancient Art of Memory Meets the Timeless Art of Living. The title says it all! Extolling the powers of God-given human reason, Stoic philosophers such as Roman knight Musonius Rufus and his student, the former slave, Epictetus, developed powerful practical lessons for living tranquil, virtuous, loving lives. These lessons were praised by such early Church Fathers as Justin Martyr and Origen. Epictetus’s Handbook was later adapted as a moral guidebook for monks. A millennium later, Thomas Aquinas mined the Stoic Seneca’s lessons on anger, gratitude, patience, and more for use in his Summa Theologiae. And in our own day, the psychological and moral teachings of the Stoics constitute an “art of living” that fairly cries out to act as compass for the nearly rudderless boat of our disordered contemporary world.

     But still, it is hard to live out important life lessons if you cannot remember them! In those same early centuries before and after Christ, Greeks like Simonides and Romans like Cicero championed a specialized “art of memory.” Early Church Fathers such as Augustine and Jerome championed this also, as did, centuries later, Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas.

The unique virtue of Kevin Vost’s book is its wedding of the ancient art of memory to the timeless art of living. In his Handbook, Epictetus exhorts us to “remember” his lessons a full dozen times, and in his own book Vost shows us how to do just this, thereby opening our eyes to unrecognized powers of imagination and memory, and to unrecognized capacities for controlling thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Even so, the Stoics would not mind at all if you found this exercise of imagination and intellect a rather fun thing to do. Enjoy!


 “Kevin Vost has distinguished himself as one of the premier voices bringing the philosophical wealth of the ancients, so appreciated by early and medieval Christians, to a ‘modern’ world bereft of mental clarity and the peace it offers. Vost’s giftedness as a teacher makes Stoic thought accessible to all, and his winsome sense of humor provides the mental imagery to quickly and easily commit these golden insights to memory.”


author of James: Jewish Roots, Catholic Fruits

“Stoicism simplified! Kevin Vost has an uncanny ability for making difficult thought easy, memorable, and practical. His book Memorize the Stoics! brings out the best of Stoic wisdom and shows its immediate applicability for sustainable happiness.”


author of How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything

About the Author

KEVIN VOST holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from Adler University in Chicago and has taught at schools including the University of Illinois at Springfield and Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Porch and the Cross: Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Modern Christian Living and Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else) Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters.

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