I have often referred to myself as being somewhat of a Stoic and sometimes that rings a few bells with some people as being heartless or emotionless but it is neither. For me, it is the acknowledgment of the "It is what it is" philosophy of some things in life that ostensibly cannot be changed. Epictetus, (A.D. 55-135) a Greek philosopher to whom a lot of credit for the growth of Stoicism is given but not without the credit for the earlier writings of gents like Heraclitus (500 BC) and a student of Socrates, Antisthenes (390 BC) who were at the very roots of the system. Okay, so what was so special about what he wrote? The two most popular pieces were Enchiridion (the handbook) and Discourses in which he discusses life in general in reference to the things between man and God (or gods since his main god was Zeus). To paraphrase a couple of his writings one speaks of emotions and the weather in which he chastises mankind for being upset about that which only Zeus was in control of. Another, my favorite, was concerning man and our ability to see color. Again, to paraphrase, he (erroneously) said that man was the only species that can see color and that ability was in order to further glorify God. If everything was black, white and shades of grey but man saw color, how then would it glorify God? Further, if man could only see black and white but everything was in color, God could not possibly be glorified by what man saw. But, man does see the colors that God has provided and sees the beauty in it all which does indeed glorify God. Last but not least (for this portion) here are a few of his quotes which I am sure that many people say without knowing from whence they came. 1, We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. 2. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. 3. First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. 4. Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. 5. It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it. 6. People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. 7. If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. 8. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. 9. The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possibly on external things. 10. When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. 11. The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. 12 and my favorite: To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.