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On Peace of Mind

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Seneca is a major philosophical figure of the Roman Imperial Period. As a Stoic philosopher writing in Latin, Seneca makes a lasting contribution to Stoicism. He occupies a central place in the literature on Stoicism at the time, and shapes the understandi
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Jurgita Ga Dievinu Seneką, bet šios knygos vertimas ne vieną gali išbaidyti. Vietomis labai yra sudėtinga sekti minčių seką. Tokiems kūriniams ir vertėjas turi…moreDievinu Seneką, bet šios knygos vertimas ne vieną gali išbaidyti. Vietomis labai yra sudėtinga sekti minčių seką. Tokiems kūriniams ir vertėjas turi būti parinktas.(less)
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Bogdan Rat
Jun 08, 2016 Bogdan Rat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Multe persoane ar fi putut ajunge la intelepciune, daca nu ar fi crezut ca au atins-o deja, daca nu s-ar fi prefacut a nu vedea in ei anumite trasaturi, sau daca nu ar fi trecut peste unele cu ochii inchisi."

"Trebuie sa ii acordam mintii un repaus: o data odihnita, mintea se va trezi mai buna si mai ascutita. Asa cum nu trebuie sa le dam porunci aspre campurilor fertile - pentru ca fertilitatea neintrerupta le va secatui imediat - tot la fel o incordare continua va frange mintea: daca este insa
Edgar Trevizo
Mar 27, 2015 Edgar Trevizo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo malo del libro (aunque no es su culpa en absoluto, sino nuestra), es que ni memorizándolo podríamos aprender a vivir así, en este contexto que tanto nos exige, tanto nos seduce y fuerza a vivir exactamente en el sentido opuesto a lo que es efectivo para la tranquilidad del ánimo. Lo magnífico del libro (y esto sí le es atribuible), es que nos persuade a intentarlo.
M. Sofia
Jul 04, 2014 M. Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The work is part of "Dialogorum" books, a collection of philosophical writings, each relating to individual aspects or problems of Stoic ethics.
It 'a dialogue, written around 62 AD, between Seneca and his friend Annaeus Sereno, who had asked the philosopher a response to an existential problem already discussed by the Stoic and Platonic thought: how to solve the "taedium vitae", or restlessness, the sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction that plague human existence.
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De Tranquillitate Animi is a latin essay from the Imperial Period. The book, written by The Young, is addressed to Serenus, and it's about maintain yourself tranquil even when all the odds are against you. Today it could be considered as a self-help book (which are quite popular). Nothing deep here, all pretty obvious stuff (just as in all self-help books). Anyway, very interesting reading because of the historical and sociopolitical context (Nero's reign).
By the way, Nero will eventually order
Dec 18, 2015 Rdt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think that I am done with Seneca. Last week I read On the Shortness of Life, and didn't think much of it, but thought that I'd give Seneca another chance with Of Peace of Mind. There wasn't a lot to disagree with here, but not a lot of deep insight either. I felt that Seneca was lecturing me, and that always gets my back up. I'd rather read something that I thought was horribly wrong, but that got me thinking, or something that was cryptic that I couldn't quite figure out. That would be more c ...more
A timeless jewel that descibes in non-scientific terms where the origins to many of mankind's troubles lie. A pholosphical approach for self-healing long before something like psycho-therapy was invented. Also it is somehow comforting to know that people already had trouble finding inner piece 100 AD and that it's not only a modern time dilemma. Several of Seneca's suggestions seems "too much" at first, like turning your back on cravings, the desire to get more and mostly to embrace death, but t ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Mirela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est un classique de la pensée stoïcienne, je suis pas forcément d'accord avec la morale stoïcienne mais je trouve assez intéressante l'idée que l'homme sera toujours déchiré entre le désir de plaisir et la culpabilité provoqué par ce désir et que seule la participation dans les affaires de l'Etat peut rendre cet ame humaine tourmentée tranquille.
Aussi j'ai trouvé assez rigolo le fait que d'apr!s Sénèque, un homme modeste n'a que deux esclaves :)
Le livre est toujours intéressant de point de vu
Des choses fort intéressantes, surtout dans la deuxième partie. Malgré ses petits commentaires sur les femmes qui me hérissent, Sénèque est un philosophe que j'apprécie beaucoup et qui nourrit ma pensée.
Jan 29, 2014 Plaimont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While there is nothing new or earth shattering in this paper (be mature & level headed), I have to say that L.A.S. is right up my alley. The translation I have by Aubrey Stewart reads like poetry. Beautiful.
Elke de Echte
Mar 21, 2016 Elke de Echte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wringende ontevredenheid in tijden van luxe en overdaad: dat gevoel had de Romeinse filosoof Seneca in zijn tijd al ontleed. ‘Innerlijke rust’ wijst precies op de tijdloosheid van deze psychische toestand en de praktische omkering ervan. Als grote kwaal erkent hij de ontevredenheid met zichzelf: niet durven doen wat men wil of niet bereiken wat men wil, blijven hopen en daar helemaal in opgaan. Ontsnapping is onmogelijk: het zit vanbinnen. Seneca gaat ook tot op het bot: blijven bewegen, eigen k ...more
Ioannis Savvas
Aug 18, 2016 Ioannis Savvas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ούτε ψυχανάλυση, ούτε θρησκείες, ούτε ψυχοφάρμακα. Σενέκας!

Όμορφο βιβλίο, από έναν μεγάλο στοχαστή. Αναπόφευκτη βέβαια σύγκριση με τους μεγάλους Αρχαίους Έλληνες φιλοσόφους. Σαφώς επηρεασμένος από πολλούς, που σημαίνει ότι υπήρχε βαθειά γνώση της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Γραμματείας ήδη από τον πρώτο μετά Χριστόν αιώνα.
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Sep 24, 2016 Jurgita Ga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dievinu Seneką, bet šios knygos vertimas ne vieną gali išbaidyti. Vietomis labai yra sudėtinga sekti minčių seką. Tokiems kūriniams ir vertėjas turi būti parinktas. Patarimas: rinktis kitas autoriaus knygas vien dėl vertimo.
Jun 06, 2015 Panaes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Τιποτε παντως δεν τερπει περισσοτερο το πνευμα οσο η στοργικη και πιστη φιλια.
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca) (ca. 4 BC – 65 AD) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may ...more
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“We must limit the running to and fro which most men practise, rambling about houses, theatres, and marketplaces. They mind other men's business, and always seem as though they themselves had something to do. If you ask one of them as he comes out of his own door, "Whither are you going?" he will answer, "By Hercules, I do not know: but I shall see some people and do something." They wander purposelessly seeking for something to do, and do, not what they have made up their minds to do, but what has casually fallen in their way. They move uselessly and without any plan, just like ants crawling over bushes, which creep up to the top and then down to the bottom again without gaining anything. Many men spend their lives in exactly the same fashion, which one may call a state of restless indolence.” 3 likes
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