The Book of Self Mastery
Timeless Quotes about Knowing, Changing, and Mastering Yourself
With over 10,000 copies sold, The Book of Self Mastery is a thoughtfully curated collection of passages from the wisest thinkers in history on the discipline of mastering yourself.
With so much chaos in our outer world, it can be all too easy for us to neglect our inner world. But it is this inner world which holds the keys to our peace and flourishing. The great philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers have all argued that happiness is found, not in building the perfect life, but in fortifying and mastering the vehicle through which we traverse it.
This collection contains many lifetimes worth of wisdom from brilliant teachers of the art of living, like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, The Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and many more. It also features findings and insights from modern spiritual teachers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. And it now includes astute commentary based on a deep understanding of the thinkers and ideas presented.
In this book, you will:
Gain insights from Stoic philosopher Seneca on overcoming anger
Find guidance from the Buddha on letting go of unhelpful attachments
Learn from Robert Greene why continual discomfort is necessary for growth
Hear how Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius embraced challenges and change
Reflect on living an authentic life with Steve Jobs
Hear what Confucius believed constituted the superior being
Find direction on sculpting and overcoming yourself from Friedrich Nietzsche
Learn how to eliminate negative thoughts and bad moods from Dr. David Burns
And hear how to use difficulties in our lives as opportunities to grow from the Dalai Lama
This simple book of quotes can serve as a daily reminder to focus on mastering yourself before trying to master the world. By studying these teachings, you'll find tranquility, inspiration, and wisdom on a life well-lived.
This is a great daily devotional
More and more I have found myself drawn to the words of ancient thinkers. i stumbled upon this book, downloaded a sample for my kindle and never looked back. The wisdom of those ancients is spot on for today, and I love reading the helpful words and philosophies of Lao Tzu, Marcus Aurelius and others. Too often we think that we know all there is to know. Reading this book to start my day lets me know that the wisdom of ancients is as useful today as it was in their time. I know a few people who will be getting this book as a Christmas present. Given the times we are going through now, I recommend this book to everyone!