Letters from a Stoic 44 – Summary and Key Takeaways

                In letters from a stoic 44, Seneca emphasized that philosophy does not care about ancestry. “If there is any good in philosophy, it is this—that it never looks into pedigrees. All men, if traced back to their original source, spring from the gods.” Lucilius seems to be feeling unworthy of his status and Seneca reminds him that a noble mind is free to anyone. Philosophy does not…

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Letters from a Stoic 43 – Summary and Key Takeaways

               In letters from a stoic 43, Seneca talks about the relativity of fame. “Any point which rises above adjacent points is great, at the spot where it rises. For greatness is not absolute; comparison increases it or lessens it. “Seneca pointed it out because Lucilius don’t seem to understand quite well the popularity that goes with holding a public office. In general, it could also be the way…

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Top 5 Quotes About Facing Obstacles By the Ancient Stoics

               Not only that we prepare for setbacks (premeditation malorum), when obstacles do happen they provide us with an opportunity to strengthen ourselves. The Stoics consistently emphasized that we must change our attitude towards obstacles. The best way to face challenges and hardships is to face it with a growth mindset in that there is always an opportunity to learn and to improve our weaknesses. Top Quotes About Facing…

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3 Simple Ways I Remind Myself of Death

3 Simple Ways I Remind Myself of Death
3 simple ways I remind myself of death

                In letters from a Stoic, the Roman Senator and Stoic philosopher Seneca would write to his friend Lucilius to remind him of the shortness of human lives and why we should live it on a per-day basis. To make a point, he would borrow a remark from the philosopher Heraclitus saying “One day is equal to every day.” He goes to explain that “One day is equal…

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Letters from a Stoic 42 – Summary and Key Takeaways

             In letters from a stoic 42, Seneca talks about a friend of Lucilius who claimed that he is a good man. For the Stoics, to be good means to live a life of virtues. Seneca expressed his doubt because first, to be truly good takes time. Virtues are good habits that need to be built with time. Second, if his friend claims that he is a good person, then…

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