Letters from a Stoic Key Takeaways

[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 Conceptual Summary (41-60)
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Letter 41:
             (1) God within us; Stoic affinity to nature
             (2) Soul: the only thing that cannot be taken from us
             (3) To use reason is to live in accordance with nature

Letter 42:
             (1) Good people don’t know their good
             (2) Understand our values
             (3) Loss is a matter of perception

Letter 43:
             (1) Relativity of fame
             (2) Conscience: a measure of man’s character

Letter 44:
             (1) Philosophy does not care about ancestry
             (2) Means of producing happiness is not happiness itself

Letter 45:
             (1) Quality not quantity of books
             (2) Take any work with a grain of salt
             (3) Friendship built around flattery
             (4) What makes a man happy?
             (5) Pursue only good things in life

Lesson 46:
               A critique on the book by Lucilius

Letter 47:
             (1) How slaves are maltreated
             (2) Slaves are equal and deserve respect

Letter 48:
               (1) Mutuality of Stoic friendship
               (2) Stoics’ sense of obligation to his fellow men

Letter 49:
             (1) Places brings memories back
             (2) Good life is not a function of time spent
             (3) Death is always near us

Letter 50:
             (1) Fault is not external
             (2) We can be blinded by our vices
             (3) Virtues will stay long

Letter 51:
            (1) Selecting the right place to live in
            (2) The danger of pleasures and vices

Letter 52:
            (1) Two types of men seeking self-improvement
            (2) Choosing the right mentor
            (3) Evaluating people’s praise

Letter 53:
            (1) Diseases of the body vs soul
            (2) Philosophy as a cure to the diseases of the soul
            (3) Sage vs god


Letters 1-20

 Letters 21-40

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