Stockdale and the Stoics

As I sometimes say, “There can be no such thing as a ‘victim;’ you can only be a ‘victim’ of yourself.” Remember:

  • Controlling your emotions can be empowering
  • Your inner self is what you make it.
  • Refuse to want to fear, and you start acquiring a constancy of character that makes it impossible for another to do you wrong.

Somebody asked Epictetus: “What is the fruit of these doctrines?” He answered with three sharp words: “Tranquility, Fearlessness, and Freedom.”

–VADM James B. Stockdale, USN (Retired) in “The Stoic Warrior’s Triad: Tranquility, Fearlessness and Freedom”

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About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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