The Tao of Seneca (volumes 1-3) is an introduction to Stoic philosophy through the words of Seneca. If you study Seneca, you'll be in good company. He was popular with the educated elite of the Greco-Roman Empire, but Thomas Jefferson also had Seneca on his bedside table. Thought leaders in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of Stoicism, and NFL management, coaches, and players alike - from teams such as the Patriots and Seahawks - have embraced it.
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feel that I am being not only reformed, but transformed. I do not yet, however, assure myself, or indulge the hope, that there are no elements left in me which need to be changed. Of course there are many that should be brought into greater prominence. And indeed this very fact is proof that my spirit is altered into something better, that it can see its own faults, of which it was previously ignorant. In certain cases sick men are congratulated because they themselves have perceived that they are sick.
Towards the end of his life, Seneca the Younger (c4 BCE-65 CE) began a correspondence with a friend in Sicily, later collected under the title The Moral Epistles. In these 124 letters, Seneca expresses, in a wise, steady and calm manner, the philosophy by which he lived - derived essentially from the Stoics. The letters deal with a variety of specific topics - often eminently practical - such as 'On Saving Time', 'On the Terrors of Death', 'On True and False Friendships', 'On Brawn and Brains' and 'On Old Age and Death'.
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Life is divided into three periods - that which has been, that which is, that which will be. Of these the present time is short, the future is doubtful, the past is certain. For the last is the one over which Fortune has lost control, is the one which cannot be brought back under any man's power. But men who are engrossed lose this; for they have no time to look back upon the past, and even if they should have, it is not pleasant to recall something they must view with regret.
The majority of mortals, Paulinus, complain bitterly of the spitefulness of Nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, because even this space that has been granted to us rushes by so speedily and so swiftly that all save a very few find life at an end just when they are getting ready to live. Nor is it merely the common herd and the unthinking crowd that bemoan what is, as men deem it, an universal ill; the same feeling has called forth complaint also from men who were famous.
"Excellent short read on the shortness of life!"
As former tutor and adviser to Emperor Nero, philosopher and statesman Seneca was acutely aware of how short life can be - his own life was cut short when the emperor ordered him to commit suicide (for alleged involvement in a conspiracy). And Seneca proved true to his words - his lifelong avowal to Stoicism enabled him to conduct himself with dignity to the end. During his rich and busy life, Seneca wrote a series of essays that have advised and enriched the lives of generations down to the present day.
The Stoics taught that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, of the active relationship between cosmic determinism and human freedom, and the belief that it is virtuous to maintain a will that is in accord with nature. Because of this, the Stoics presented their philosophy as a way of life, and they thought that the best indication of an individual's philosophy was not what a person said but how that person behaved.
'On Anger' is one of Seneca's most important essays. At some length he investigates the nature of anger: how and why it emerges, the effect it has on the individual and those to whom it is directed, and how to manage it and prevent it even from arising. For, Seneca considers, anger simply serves no purpose - it does not bring courage in war, prevent others misbehaving or punish miscreants. In short it has a negative effect on all. In 'On Leisure' he takes a short look at what is really meant by the term.
De Brevitate Vitae (frequently referred to as On the Shortness of Life in English) is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that men waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives man enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly.
Die Kürze des Lebens: Wir haben nicht zu wenig Zeit - wir vergeuden zu viel. Das Leben ist lang, wir selbst machen es kurz, indem wir es achtlos dahinfließen lassen. Das ist die grundlegende Einsicht des großen Stoikers Lucius Annaeus Seneca. "Du verteidigst Deinen Reichtum, aber Du vergeudest Dein Leben!", "Du lebst, als wärst Du ewig da!", "Schämst Du dich nicht, Dein Leben in die Zukunft hinauszuschieben, statt es jetzt zu leben!"
In questa bellissima lettera all’amico Sereno, Seneca fa un’analisi lucida e dettagliata di quello che nella vita serve, per raggiugere e mantenere la tranquillità.
Composto da Seneca nel 58 dopo Cristo, quando il filosofo aveva 54 anni, De Vita Beata, è un dialogo dedicato al fratello Gallione. Il tema, così importante, ed esplorato anche da altri filosofi dell'epoca, è quello della felicità. Cos'è la felicità? Come si arriva ad essere felici? E la ricchezza quanto conta? Queste le domande fondamentali attorno alle quali è costruita la narrazione, e la soluzione.
Il filosofo romano scrive all'amico Lucillo, e gli racconta l'animo umano. Le sue caratteristiche, i suoi vizi e le sue virtù. Come un esploratore dei sentimenti più intimi, e un gran conoscitore delle numerose sfaccettature che compongono i pensieri e i comportamenti degli esseri umani, Seneca indica una via possibile per vivere in armonia con se stessi e con gli altri, attraverso la riscoperta della consapevolezza di quello che davvero conta.
Der Alltag, der Erfolg, der Beruf, die Familie, die Liebe, die Sexualität, kurz das Leben, scheint das Schwierigste auf der Welt zu sein. Warum sonst erscheinen diese unzähligen Ratgeber, die für alle Lebenslagen Hilfe anbieten und in allen Medien präsent sind. Dabei könnte alles so einfach sein. Seneca wusste schon vor 2000 Jahren so viel über den Menschen und die Gesellschaft, dass die Lektüre seiner Schriften die meisten Ratgeber überflüssig macht...
Ehto svoeobraznyy svod ehticheskih pravil, predlagaemyh v vide pisem k znatnomu cheloveku, zanimayushchemu vysokuyu gosudarstvennuyu dolzhnost'. Napisannye v dostupnoy manere, s mnozhestvom primerov iz istorii i iz povsednevnoy zhizni, poroy ostroumnye, poroy sarkastichnye, oni uvlekayut chitatelya svoim soderzhaniem i neredko porazhayut glubinoy mysli.
Auf der Suche nach einem glücklichen Leben ist der Mensch seit jeher. Was Glück bedeutet, das hat sich allerdings geändert und ist auch heute so unterschiedlich wie die Lebenswelten der Menschen. Läßt sich vor diesem Hintergrund überhaupt sinnvoll von dem Glück reden, lassen sich Regeln und Maximen aufstellen, die zu einem gelingenden, einem glücklichen Leben führen? Seneca sagt: Ja, das ist möglich. Er setzt dafür bei dem an, was den Menschen zum Menschen macht: bei der Vernunft.
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Seneca, der große stoische Philosoph und Staatsmann, wird von seinem Freund Serenus wie ein Arzt angesprochen: "Heile mich, Seneca, von meinem Makel im Innersten!" Seine Seele fühle sich beklemmt. Serenus beschreibt seine innere Unruhe, den Wankelmut, das innere Schwanken und daraus resultierend seinen Missmut und seine Unzufriedenheit. Seneca lässt sich nicht lange bitten: Das alles, so lautet sein Credo, sei durch die Stoa heilbar - damals genau wie heute.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca war römischer Philosoph, Staatsmann und Dramatiker. Er zählt zu den wichtigsten Vertretern der Stoa, nebst Marc Aurel, Cicero und Epiktet. Primär befasste er sich mit den Fragen der rechten Lebensführung...