8 Great Lessons From Seneca

1. On Friendship

“And this is what we mean when say the wise man is self-content; he is so in the sense that he is able to do without friends, not that he desires to do without them. When I speak of being ‘able’ to do this, what I am saying in fact amounts to this: he bears the loss of a friend with equanimity.”

2. On Love

“A woman is not beautiful when her ankle or arm wins compliments, but when her total appearance diverts admiration from the individual parts of her body.”

3. On Minimalism

“Set aside now and then a number of days during which you will be content with the plainest of food and very little of it, and with rough, coarse clothing, and will ask yourself, ‘is this what one used to dread?’……………start cultivating a relationship with poverty.”

4. On Death

“It’s a very good thing to familiarize yourself with death. You may possibly think it unnecessary to learn something which you will only have to put in practice once. This is the very reason you ought to be practicing it……A person who has learned to die has unlearned how to be a slave. He/She is above , or at any rate beyond the reach of, all political powers.”

5. On Treating Others

“Treat your inferiors in the way in which you would like to be treated by your superiors”

6. On Life

“Our stoic philosophers as you know, maintain that there are two elements in the universe from which all things are derived, namely cause and matter. Matter lies inert and inactive, a substance with unlimited potential, but destined to remain idle if no one sets it in motion, and it is cause (this meaning the same as reason) which turns matter to whatever end it wishes and fashions it into a variety of different products.

7. On Teachers

“Choose someone whose way of life as well words, and whose very face is mirroring the character that lies behind it, have won your approval. Be always pointing to him out to yourself either as your guardian or as your role model. There is a need, in my view, for someone as a standard against which our characters can measure themselves. Without a ruler to do it against you won’t make the crooked straight.”

8. On age

“Well, we should cherish old age and enjoy it. It is full of pleasure if you know how to use it. Fruit tastes most delicious just when the season is ending. The charms of youth are at their greatest at the time of its passing. It is the final glass which pleases the inveterate drinker, the one that sets the crowning touch on his intoxication and sends him off into oblivion.”

Closing

I hope you enjoyed my commentary. I know it was rather long, but I had a need to express what I’ve been feeling.

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