Life Is Not Short, We Just Waste Most of It – a classic reading from Seneca’s ‘On the Shortness of Life’

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On the Shortness of Life is an essay written by Seneca, a roman statesman and Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus. In this passage Seneca responds to the common complaint that life is too short. He argues that life is long if one manages their time well, and that most people waste the majority of their time on pointless pursuits. On the Shortness of Life The following reading is from chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, and 18 of Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life translated by John W. …

The Four Best Books on or by Seneca

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This page contains a list of the best books on or by Seneca. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on Seneca. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about Seneca. An 800-page scholarly overview is unlikely to be best for someone looking for a short beginner-friendly introduction, for example. This list aims to take this ambiguity into account by featuring books that will appeal to a variety of learning styles. …

Life Guided by Stoic Philosophy – a short reading from Seneca’s ‘Moral Letters’

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Stoicism is a philosophical tradition founded by Zeno of Citium towards the end of the fourth century BC. Stoicism held that the world is not just a collection of material particles, it is animated by an active rational principle (logos), and the good life consists in living in accord with nature. For the Stoics, to live in accord with nature means to live virtuously and guided by reason. The Roman philosopher Seneca was strongly influenced by Stoicism. In this passage from his ‘Moral Letters’, he discusses some of the key …

Stoicism: 23 Best Quotes (With References)

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by stoic philosophers. These quotes are all genuine and details about the author, book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On wisdom: Only the wise man is content with what is his. All foolishness suffers the burden of dissatisfaction with itself. – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, 9, trans. Robin Campbell On philosophy: Philosophy is not an occupation of a popular nature, nor is it pursued for the sake of self-advertisement. Its concern is not with words, but with facts. …