A few weeks back I shared some famous philosophers and thinkers that pre-dated the Buddha. I wanted to share another because I personally found his teachings so relevant today.

Seneca (circa 4 BCE—65 AD) was born in what is modern-day Cordoba, Spain. He was educated in Rome and became a Roman philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and even humorist. In 41 AD, he was banished to Corsica after being accused of adultery. Emperor Claudius’ wife insisted he be invited back to Rome and, upon returning, his reputation rose swiftly. He was a tutor and then chief advisor to Emperor Nero. He was ordered by Nero to commit suicide for supposed complicity in a conspiracy to assassinate the emperor. Seneca complied, but many historians think he was innocent.

Quotations from Seneca:

“The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.”

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

“A gift consists not of what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

“True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future.”

“Count each day as a separate life”.

These six quotations from Seneca are gems to me because they reflect the way I aspire to live my life.

Peace and Love, Jim

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