The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.
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I’ve recently found myself particularly interested in Stoic philosophy. This little book was my first formal step to approach the subject.
The book in itself is quite short, but it is PACKED with nuggets of wisdom. I mean, every other sentence could be used as a quote.
I will take my sweet time dissecting and absorbing its timeless wisdom.
A couple of passages stuck with me:
“They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.”
Yep, I can relate.
“The part of life we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.”
Living for the weekends…
“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.”
I know I said a couple, but I couldn’t help it.
Talking about evergreen content, wow!
And here’s one last bit of gold:
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”