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Single Idea 13319

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / F. Life Issues / 4. Suicide]

Full Idea

No one has power over us when death is in our own power.

Gist of Idea

If we control our own death, no one has power over us


Seneca the Younger (Letters from a Stoic [c.60], 091)

Book Reference

Seneca: 'Letters from a Stoic (Selections)', ed/tr. Campbell,Robin [Penguin 1969], p.183

A Reaction

A classic slogan for the stoic view of suicide, an idea that crops up in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. He doesn't seem to have understood that they can take away your shoelaces.