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" I see rich men who have lost their estates; lustful men who have lost their loves, the courtesans whom they cherished at the cost of much shame; ambitious men who have lost the senate, the law courts, the places set apart for the public display of men's vices; usurers who have lost their account-books, in which avarice vainly enjoyed an unreal wealth; but I possess everything whole and uninjured.
See then, Serenus, that the perfect man, full of human and divine virtues, can lose nothing; his goods are surrounded by strong and impassable walls."
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"He will not rise in his own esteem if a beggar pays his court to him, and he will not think it an affront if one of the dregs of the people does not return his greeting. So also he will not admire himself even if many rich men admire him; for he knows that they differ...
"He will not, then, be moved by an insult from any man for though all men differ one from another, yet the wise man regards them all as alike on account of their equal folly; for should he once lower himself to the point of being affected by either injury or insult, he...
"He therefore who is affected by insult shows that he possesses neither sense nor trustfulness; for he considers it certain that he is scorned, and this vexation affects him with a certain sense of degradation, as he effaces himself and takes a lower room; whereas the ...
That such a wise man is invulnerable against all injury;it matters not,therefore,how many darts be hurled at him,since he can be pierced by none of them.Just as the hardness of some stones is impervious to steel,and adamant can neither be cut,broken,or ground,but blunt...
Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and the advisor of the Rome's King Neron.
The works written about stoicism are known as often present the school of thought in hypoth...
"Under the direction of that destroyer of so many cities, walls may be shaken by the stroke of the ram, lofty towers may be suddenly brought low by galleries and hidden mines, and mounds arise so high as to rival the highest citadel, yet that no siege engines can be di...
"... and fortune can take nothing away save what she gave. Now fortune does not give virtue; therefore, she does not take it away. Virtue is free, inviolable, not to be moved, not to be shaken, and so hardened against misfortunes that...
"Epicurus says that injuries may be endured by the wise man, we say that they do not exist for him
...We do not deny that it is an unpleasant thing to be beaten or struck, or to lose one of our limbs, but we say that none of these...
" As for insults, offensive language, marks of disgrace, and such-like disfigurements, he ought to bear them as he would bear the shouts of the enemy, and darts or stones flung from a distance, which rattle upon his helmet without causing a wound; while he should look ...
"There is nothing on earth so sacred as not to be liable to sacrilege; yet holy things exist on high none the less because there are men who strike at a greatness which is far above themselves, though with no hope of reaching it. The invulnerable is no...
"...since those who are most eager to offer affronts are least able to endure them"
In this book; There are so many thoughts that can guide us about life, virtue and how to have a strong character. As a beginner philosophy reader, i have compiled some ideas that i think can shape human life with my own references.
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