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You must rather become content with yourself, taking pleasure in life whether fortune smiles or frowns: Here is Seneca on negative thinking: You are scared of dying—and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?

Also, Seneca is rarely if ever praised as a groundbreaking philosophical thinker. Death is not an evil; why need you ask? Now, that is some difficult thought for most of us to even think of. Even though many of these problems do have practical ramifications, many do not; and regardless, the debates can often get so technical, so heated, and so abstract, that it is difficult to see modern philosophy as the path to wisdom it once professed to be. But, there is a lot to learn from these gems of letters.

He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. The two works are different in style as a result of the different nature of the two authors-one an emperor and the other the tutor for the emperor Nero, who would eventually emerge as the original ‘Mad King’-and the two texts: He can help you to stop and think about the best way to live your life.


It is all about bringing our soul to a state of inner calmness; In other words, Inner Peace! This makes for a strange combination of boring paragraphs and quotable sentences. Now, I’m not going to start taking cold showers. All foolishness suffers the burden of dissatisfaction with itself.

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Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor, the ruler of the known worldand yet he embraced the Stoic ideals like no other, feeling repulsion for his own political power and trying to rule Rome in acc I have to admit, I started this book with some hesitations. This is more of a book that needs to be studied. What is it then? He can touch your spirit. Jaidyn Most books that feature the letters of Senca are selections.

Trivia About Letters from a Stoic. He offers, instead, an unsystematic mass of advice. Much as you may wish, you will not be able to keep it up for very long, so give it up as early as possible. He does comment on Plato a bit, and at the end of this work, he even provides some discussion relating to physics and metaphysics.

He should be delivering himself of such sayings, not memorizing them. Seneca was probably not the typical Stoic; indeed, he actually quotes Epicurus more times in here than any other philosopher is even mentioned. See all 3 questions about Cartas a Lucilio….

People on your social networks. People should value and cultivate reason, and discipline the pleasures and the passions. One of the most profound books I’ve read.


Be harsh with yourself at times Certain passages seem almost lifted from Seneca. Natural desires are limited; those which spring from false opinions have nowhere carts stop, for falsity has no point of termination.

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Not gonna lie, the first half of the book really took it out of me. But something crazy happened along the way. He therefore proposes a humanised version of Stoicism, more tolerant of the natural feelings of love and friendship that Stoics would try to repress.

Another one would be his perception of teaching and learning whereby the teacher should be certain that the goal of teaching is for the student to learn which, perhaps, we tend to forget these days. So basically a rehearsal in: But, whatever the case, Seneca was open to other philosophical influences besides just the Stoical, and Epicurus senecca a notable secondary, if not a primary, influence.

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He also mentioned how Philosophy is turning into Philology and people tend to study Philosophy to keep the words, appear intelligent, rather than use it to enrich their lives. I don’t buy the criticism you see about Seneca not practicing what he preached. Superstition is an idiotic heresy: