more from Seneca the Younger

Single Idea 13310

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom]

Full Idea

What grounds could I possibly have for supposing that a person who has no acquaintance with books will never be a wise man? For wisdom does not lie in books.

Gist of Idea

Wisdom does not lie in books, and unread people can also become wise


Seneca the Younger (Letters from a Stoic [c.60], 088)

Book Reference

Seneca: 'Letters from a Stoic (Selections)', ed/tr. Campbell,Robin [Penguin 1969], p.158

A Reaction

A useful warning to the likes of me, who may have retreated from the hurly-burly of the agora (see Callicles in Plato's 'Gorgias'), under the illusion that detachment is needed for wisdom. Maybe involvement is needed for wisdom.