Seneca advises us to avoid people who are simply whiny, "who are melancholy and bewail everything, ho find pleasure in every opportunity for complaint." He justifies this avoidance by observing that a companion "who is always upset and bemoans everything is a foe to tranquility." Page 135
I just recently finished reading A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy and no recent book has resonated quite as strongly with me. I enjoyed so many parts of this book that I didn't want to write a traditional review but instead wanted to share direct quotes that will explain much better than I what Stoicism is and is not.