Letters from a Stoic 38 – Summary and Key Takeaways

               Letters from a Stoic 38 is one the shortest letter Seneca wrote. While Lucilius finds value from the letters, Seneca emphasized that there is nothing more powerful than having an actual face to face conversation. “But the greatest benefit is to be derived from conversation, because it creeps by degrees into the soul… They enter more easily, and stick in the memory; for we do not need many words, but, rather, effective words” In the letter Seneca makes an analogy between words and seeds. He said seeds should be scattered. The moment it lands a suitable soil it grows. The same is true with learning maxims and philosophy. Once something strikes you, it makes yourself grow in strength. “Few words are spoken; but if the mind has truly caught them, they come into their strength and spring up. “

*****   Letters from a Stoic Key Takeaways is a collection of short key takeaways from the letters sent by Seneca to Lucilius. Read each letter’s key takeways here .

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