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'It is philosophy that has the duty of protecting us ... without it no one can lead a life free of fear or worry'

For several years of his turbulent life, in which he was dogged by ill health, exile and danger, Seneca was the guiding hand of the Roman Empire. This selection of Seneca's letters shows him upholding the ideals of Stoicism - the wisdom of the self-possessed person immune to life's setbacks - while valuing friendship and courage, and criticizing the harsh treatment of slaves and the cruelties in the gladiatorial arena. The humanity and wit revealed in Seneca's interpretation of Stoicism is a moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.


Selected and translated with an Introduction by Robin Campbell

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Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
SENECA

Nothing […] is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.

SENECA

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SENECA

You ask: what is the proper limit to a person’s wealth?

First, having what is essential, and second, having what is enough.

SENECA

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SENECA

Certainly you should discuss everything with a friend; but before you do so, discuss in your mind the man himself.

After friendship is formed you must trust, but before that you must judge.

SENECA

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Stoicism helped me to understand my desires! Desires are the root cause of misery, yet having no desire may drive you to become a monk. It is that middle path, minimalism. Minimize your desire to maximize your experience of life.

Minimalist Style Of a stoic

Minimalist Style Of a stoic

An ancient Greek philosopher named Epicurus

believed that we do not need all these extravagant pleasures to be happy.

Expensive luxurious vacations to distant places, accumulating an excessive amount of money and possessions, or acquiring power through politics will not lead us to satisfaction in the long run.

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HENRY DAVID THOREAU

We could say that the wealthiest person isn't the one who has the most but the one most satisfied with what he has

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

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Minimalist Style Of a Stoic

Minimalist Style Of a Stoic

We could say that the wealthiest person isn't the one who has the most but the one most satisfied with what he has.

And that being full of desires to be fulfilled is poor, but being content is rich.

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires

Epicurus once said.

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