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. …

The Five Best Books on or by Marcus Aurelius

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This page contains a list of the best books on or by Marcus Aurelius. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on Aurelius. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about Aurelius. 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 …

The Four Best Books on or by Epictetus

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This page contains a list of the best books on or by Epictetus. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on Epictetus. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about Epictetus. 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. …

The Six Best Books on Stoicism

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This page contains a list of the best books on Stoicism. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on Stoicism. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about Stoicism. 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. Secondly, this …