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Who Is Seneca? Timeless Wisdom from the World’s Most Controversial Stoic

October 04, 2017

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, known simply as Seneca (or Seneca the Younger), was a stoic philosopher and rhetorician. He’s one of the first stoics for which there are considerable literary remains for us to study. Born over 2,000 years ago in Spain as the son of Seneca the Elder, Seneca had a mixed reputation. On one […]

Seneca on The Shortness of Time

March 07, 2017

If we see someone throwing money away, we call that person crazy. This bothers us, in part, because money has value. Wasting it seems nuts. And yet we see others—and ourselves—throw away something far more valuable every day: Time. Unlike the predictable reaction we have to someone throwing away money (they’re crazy), we often fail […]

Seneca on Letting the Eminent Dead Guide You

May 02, 2016

There’s a core part of Charlie Munger’s operating system for life that we adhere to: Learn deeply from the eminent dead. Bathe in the wisdom of great people who lived before you. He calls it a form of love: A second idea that I got very early was that there is no love that’s so right as admiration-based […]

The Two Sides of Seneca and A Lesson on Human Fallibility

December 10, 2015

  If you can withhold moral judgment, Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero is a great historical account of making decisions in complex situations. Here is one way to describe the career of the stoic thinker, writer, poet, and moralist Seneca: By a strange twist of fate, a man who cherished sobriety, reason, and moral virtue […]

The Wisdom of Seneca: A Lawyer’s Advice For Life In The Fast Lane

August 03, 2015

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (around 4 B.C.—A.D. 65) was an insightful lawyer, senator, philosopher, and playwright best known for his pithy wisdom that still helps understand how to deal with anger, failure, poverty, success, education and so many other things. “Philosophy,” writes Tom Morris in The Stoic Art of Living: Inner Resilience and Outer Results, “in the […]

Seneca on The One Thing Nature Loans us That we Cannot Repay

September 03, 2014

The Roman philosopher Seneca weaved beautiful and timeless insights into his letters. Luckily a lot of those letters survived. While old, there is a reason we still read them today. While the language and phrasing might be dated, the letters explore subjects that we still struggle with today. This note from Seneca to Lucilius, found […]