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Lucius Seneca

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  • -4Born
  • 41Philosophical Event - Banished to Corsica
  • 49Philosophical Event - Recalled to Rome to tutor Nero
  • 62Philosophical Event - Retired to study and write
  • 54Philosophical Event - Nero’s adivsor
  • 65Died
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"A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty. "
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"A great mind becomes a great fortune. "
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"Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. "
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"All cruelty springs from weakness. "
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"A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand. "
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"Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute. "
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"A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. "
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ROGER PARKER
on 17 Jun 2011

I was re-reading some of William Shakespeare’s works recently. I think he may have read Seneca. In “Julius Caesar” he says:-  “The coward dies a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.” That expresses the same viewpoint. Imagination of, or anticipation of, disaster before it happens, can make cowards of us all!

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"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. "
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"Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing. "
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Pette Holt
on 28 Oct 2011

When we see things for what they are, when we open our gaze to the moment, we can deal with events with a sense of calm. Resilience can be motivated from the ‘present moment’ towards continuance of our survival.

I hear those immortal words from Dad’s Army, “Don’t panic Mr Mannering, don’t panic”.

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"As long as you live, keep learning how to live. "
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"A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts. "
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"Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it. "
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"A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. "
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"Every sin is the result of a collaboration. "
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"A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature. "
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"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. "
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"A man's as miserable as he thinks he is. "
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"A great fortune is a great slavery. "
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ROGER
on 24 Oct 2011

Seneca put it in the terms with which he was familiar.
Another way of saying the same thing in modern idiom is:- “Freedom is just another word for Nothing left to Lose.”

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Pette Holt
on 24 Oct 2011

Many years ago, I read the Tao Te Ching with enthusiasm. I came across a verse which challenged me at a certain cross roads in life, where I was considering to use a certain serendipity that I have.

This is my paraphrased memory of that quote.

“A rich man acquires much wealth to wait for the thief to break into his house in the middle of the night”

I realised instantly that money, stuff and excess possessions would be a route towards unhappiness. It also challenged my thoughts and made me change my thinking towards craving, or holding onto so called riches. Freedom from such brings much more happiness.

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