Letters from a Stoic Key Takeways

[expand title=”How To Use”]This is a collection of short key takeaways (less than 500 words) from the letters sent by Seneca to Lucilius. Seneca’s letters are one of our favorite stoic reflections so we put into a collection some of the most important stoic concepts that Seneca discussed in the letters and the most beautiful pieces of advice he gave to Lucilius.  We recommend using Letters from a Stoic by Robert Mott Gummere as a reference as it is the most complete with all the 124 letters. Other books have missing letters. Free free to BOOKMARK this page so you can go back to it later as you read through the letters.

There are three ways to use these key takeaways:

(1) You can use it as a preview before you read a letter so you get a sneak peek of the most important concepts
(2) You can use it as a review after you read a letter to wrap  up things up
(3) Or if you have read all the letters before you can use these to refresh your memory

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Letters from a Stoic Summary (21-40)
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Letter 21:
             (1) Lasting happiness can only be found within
             (2) To add more of anything, decrease desire

Letter 22:
             (1) Complete withdrawal from strong desires
             (2) Leaving the world free from care as it is with birth

Letter 23:
             (1) Defining true joy
             (2) Reflecting death and beginning to live

Letter 24:
             (1) Dealing with anxiety
             (2) Death as a process: We have been dying every day

Letter 25:
             (1) Difficulty of changing an old’s man habits
             (2) Limiting desires means never getting poor
             (3) Finding guardians and role models to regulate one’s character

Letter 26:
             (1) Sound mind with a frail body from old age
             (2) Death – the ultimate test of courage
             (3) Epicurus: Think on Death

Lesson 27:
               (1) Virtue is the only good
               (2) A sound mind cannot be bought

Lesson 28:
               (1) Real change can only be found within
               (2) Recognizing fault is the beginning of change

Lesson 29:
              (1) How to correct a friend’s fault
              (2) The pointless of winning social approval

Lesson 30:
               (1) Embracing old age and nearing death
               (2) Why death should not be feared

Letter 31:
              (1) What is good and bad?
              (2) Seek virtues

Letter 32:
             (1) Crowd can hinder progress
             (2) True good can only be found within

Letter 33:
             (1) Maxims on a bigger picture
             (2) Creating Your Own Maxims – Mental Independence
             (3) Perpetually Seeking the Truth

Letter 34:
             (1) Fulfillment of a teacher
             (2) Consistency with words and actions

Letter 35:
             (1) Hasten your self-improvement
             (2) Will and Consistency

Letter 36:
            (1) Sticking with retirement – leaving the spotlight
            (2) The gods has no jurisdiction with virtues
            (3) Life and death cannot co-exist

Letter 37:
             (1) Embracing fate and the inevitable death
             (2) Philosophy – the only way to be free
             (3) Control through reason

Letter 38:
             (1) Preference on conversation
             (2) The power of words

Letter 39: 
             The quality of a good soul (Will to be good, contentment, self-control)

Letter 40:
             How a philosopher’s discourse should be


Letters 1-20

Letters 41-60