Category Archives: Inspiration

A selfless act? (Seneca 9)

Is there any such thing as a selfless act?  It’s a philosophical question that has been debated for a very long time.  In the ninth book of De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), Seneca the Younger (C. 4BC – … Continue reading

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Australian Adages, 1903

Snippets 170.  It has been fascinating reading How to Make and Save Money, a book of useful household advice published in Australia in 1903.  We have quoted some of the useful (and bizarre) advice in previous snippets, and last week … Continue reading

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Seek the Truth (Seneca 8)

For the last few weeks we have been looking at De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD). In his eighth book he discusses the importance of strength of mind in the search … Continue reading

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Pleasure or Virtue? (Seneca 7)

For the last few weeks we have been looking at De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD). In his seventh book he tries to get to grips with the link between pleasure … Continue reading

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Childhood Happiness Regained (Seneca 6)

Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD) had strong opinions about how to achieve happiness, and he wrote about them in De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”).  The sixth book (don’t worry, the “books” are just big paragraphs) is … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Scratches (Seneca 5)

Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD) had strong opinions about how to achieve happiness, and he wrote about them in De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”).  Being a stoic, a lot of his advice concerns stability in life … Continue reading

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The Definition of Happiness (Seneca 4)

Recently we have been looking at one of the most fascinating books ever written in Latin: De Vita Beata, by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD): About a Happy Life.  In his fourth “book” (the “books” are just big … Continue reading

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