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Ancient advice for improving Bloggers

Reading How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson and came across this advice from Diogenes which resonated with me as I continue on my journey to become a better writer. You can also check my fuller review of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor Correct grammar and good vocabulary Clarity of expression, making ideas easily understood Conciseness, employing no more words than necessary Appropriateness of style, suited to the subject matter and apparently also to the audience Distinction, or artistic excellence, and the avoidance of vulgarity How to Think like a Roman Emperor, Donald Robertson


A reminder that often listening, observing and contemplating is the correct action. How are we to learn if we always speak. When situations arise, often the ‘season for silence’ allows us to gather the right amount of knowledge and take stock of our emotive responses to respond with wisdom. It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence – Seneca We have been given two ears and but a single mouth in order that we may hear more and talk less.

How to Think like a Roman Emperor

Donald Robertson’s latest book How to Think like a Roman Emperor is an exciting and unique mix. We have many books on the life of Marcus Aurelius and separately his Stoicism mainly from Meditations. In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, Donald combines both to give context as well as guidance. Robertson starts with an introduction to Marcus Aurelius, his birth in 121 A.