Books Worth Re-reading

Letters from a Stoic


Seneca thinks and writes so clearly and although these letters are thousands of years old, they contain lessons relevant to all. 

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Key Takeaways
  1. The primary indication of a well-ordered mind is a man’s ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company
  2. Contented poverty is not poverty at all
  3. It is not the man who has little, but the man who craves more, who is poor
  4. Seneca was born 4BC and was forced commit suicide in 65AD by Emperor Nero.
  5. Spent the last years of his life writing letters to Lucilius, a very close friend and this book is a collection of those letters
  6. Advocates equality of sexes, scientific innovation, retirement, plain living, love of nature, elimination of gladiator games and better treatment of slaves. All novel or at least unusual points of view during this time
  7. Two elements must be rooted out once and for all – the fear of future suffering and the recollection of past suffering – the latter no longer concerns me and the former concerns me not yet
What I got out of it
  1. Incredibly interesting book with many quotable lines and great axioms to live bye. There is too much gold to try to summarize. Do yourself a favor and just read it

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