William Irvine on Annoying People

“When dealing with an annoying person, it also helps to keep in mind that our annoyance at what he does will almost invariably be more detrimental to us than whatever it is he is doing. In other words, by letting ourselves become annoyed, we only make things worse.”

~ Irvine, William B. / A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (p. 137). Oxford University Press.

Michael Lewis on Cruelty

What do you find most irritating in other people?

Irritation. People who are constantly irritated by little things are very irritating. The most upsetting quality is cruelty.

~ Michael Lewis / Financial Times, December 15, 2017

Epictetus on Failings

“When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”

~ Epictetus