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Single Idea 13308

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / b. Temperance]

Full Idea

What's the use of overcoming opponent after opponent in the wrestling or boxing rings if you can be overcome by your temper?

Gist of Idea

It's no good winning lots of fights, if you are then conquered by your own temper


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.156

A Reaction

He has such a nice way of presenting what might be traditional and commonplace ideas. If you see life as a battle, then you should think very carefully about who the opponents are - because they may be hiding within.