Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Essays by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Some arguments in favor of the simple life

Those things which are goods produce confidence, but riches produce shamelessness.

On the diseases of the soul

I am ashamed to say it; but we worship that which is honourable only in so far as we have time to spare.

On the healing power of the mind

A man is as wretched as he has convinced himself that he is.

On Scipio’s villa

We have become so luxurious that we will have nothing but precious stones to walk upon.
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