They were like Buddhists but with an attitude. They wanted to have the last word with fate. A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence. Pain into information. Mistakes into initiation. Desire into undertaking.EconTalk Podcast: Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Antifragility (1:11:20 mark)
Nassim considers Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Seneca to be the best expositors of Stoicism.
He recommends “Letters from a Stoic” by Seneca as a must read.