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Ideas of Seneca the Younger, by Text

[Roman, -4 - 65, Born in Cordoba, Spain. Chief adviser to the Emperor Nero. Murdered by his master.]

60 Letters from a Stoic
006 p.39 One joy of learning is making teaching possible
048 p.96 Selfishness does not produce happiness; to live for yourself, live for others
048 p.98 What philosophy offers humanity is guidance
054 p.104 We know death, which is like before birth; ceasing to be and never beginning are the same
054 p.105 Wise people escape necessity by willing it
065 p.118 The cosmos has two elements - passive matter, and active cause (or reason) which shapes it
065 p.119 To the four causes Plato adds a fifth, the idea which guided the event
077 p.125 Suicide may be appropriate even when it is not urgent, if there are few reasons against it
077 p.126 Living is nothing wonderful; what matters is to die well
077 p.127 It is as silly to lament ceasing to be as to lament not having lived in the remote past
077 p.129 We are scared of death - except when we are immersed in pleasure!
077 p.130 Life is like a play - it is the quality that matters, not the length
078 p.134 A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is
083 p.140 Character is ruined by not looking back over our pasts, since the future rests on the past
088 p.154 If everything can be measured, trying measuring the size of a man's soul
088 p.156 It's no good winning lots of fights, if you are then conquered by your own temper
088 p.158 Wisdom does not lie in books, and unread people can also become wise
088 p.158 That something is a necessary condition of something else doesn't mean it caused it
088 p.158 Does time exist on its own? Did anything precede it? Did it pre-exist the cosmos?
088 p.159 Excessive curiosity is a form of intemperance
088 p.160 Even philosophers have got bogged down in analysing tiny bits of language
090 p.163 To govern used to mean to serve, not to rule; rulers did not test their powers over those who bestowed it
090 p.171 Philosophy aims at happiness
090 p.176 Nature doesn't give us virtue; we must unremittingly pursue it, as a training and an art
091 p.183 If we control our own death, no one has power over us
102 p.226 Living contrary to nature is like rowing against the stream
104 p.184 Sometimes we have a duty not to commit suicide, for those we love
104 p.185 Is anything sweeter than valuing yourself more when you find you are loved?
108 p.201 Both teachers and pupils should aim at one thing - the improvement of the pupil
122 p.222 The whole point of pleasure-seeking is novelty, and abandoning established ways
123 p.227 Trouble in life comes from copying other people, which is following convention instead of reason
60 On Anger (Book 3)
01 p.18 Anger is an extreme vice, threatening sanity, and gripping whole states
04 p.21 Anger is a vice which afflicts good men as well as bad
06 p.23 True greatness is never allowing events to disturb you
36 p.47 Every night I critically review how I have behaved during the day
60 On Providence
1 p.4 The ocean changes in volume in proportion to the attraction of the moon
2 p.4 Nothing bad can happen to a good man
4 p.10 To be always happy is to lack of knowledge of one half of nature
60 On the Happy Life
02 p.86 Unfortunately the majority do not tend to favour what is best
08 p.92 The supreme good is harmony of spirit
09 p.93 I seek virtue, because it is its own reward
11 p.93 A wise man is not subservient to anything
13 p.96 Virtue is always moderate, so excess need not be feared
17 p.99 It is shameful to not even recognise your own slaves
17 p.99 Why does your wife wear in her ears the income of a wealthy house?
22 p.103 There is far more scope for virtue if you are wealth; poverty only allows endurance
24 p.106 If wealth was a good, it would make men good