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Seneca The Younger, Letters, 23.2-23.3


nanWe have reached the heights if we know what it is that we find joy in and if we have not placed our happiness in the control of externals. The man who is goaded ahead by hope of anything, though it be within reach, though it be easy of access, and though his ambitions have never played him false, is troubled and unsure of himself.


nanAbove all, my dear Lucilius, make this your business: learn how to feel joy. Do you think that I am now robbing you of many pleasures when I try to do away with the gifts of chance, when I counsel the avoidance of hope, the sweetest thing that gladdens our hearts? Quite the contrary; I do not wish you ever to be deprived of gladness. I would have it born in your house; and it is born there, if only it be inside of you. Other objects of cheer do not fill a man's bosom; they merely smooth his brow and are inconstant, – unless perhaps you believe that he who laughs has joy. The very soul must be happy and confident, lifted above every circumstance.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

4 results
1. New Testament, 1 Peter, 2.3 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

2.3. if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious:
2. Seneca The Younger, Letters, 5.7-5.9, 13.12, 23.3, 59.14, 72.9, 101.9-101.10 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

3. Seneca The Younger, Troades, 399 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

4. Valerius Flaccus Gaius, Argonautica, 1.211-1.228, 1.234-1.238 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

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anxiety, sollicitus Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
anxiety Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
apology (literary genre) Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
argonauts Agri, Reading Fear in Flavian Epic: Emotion, Power, and Stoicism (2022) 102
behavior Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
confidence Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
desires, attitude towards Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
emotions, as deceptive Agri, Reading Fear in Flavian Epic: Emotion, Power, and Stoicism (2022) 102
euripides, medea Agri, Reading Fear in Flavian Epic: Emotion, Power, and Stoicism (2022) 102
family, children Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
fear, and hope ( spes ) Agri, Reading Fear in Flavian Epic: Emotion, Power, and Stoicism (2022) 102
fear Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
friendship Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
hope, and goods Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope, as identity marker Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope, contextualisation of Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope, in god Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope, in greco-roman sources Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope, in the lxx Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope, object of Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope, stoic negative view of Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
hope Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
jason Agri, Reading Fear in Flavian Epic: Emotion, Power, and Stoicism (2022) 102
jupiter, arg. Agri, Reading Fear in Flavian Epic: Emotion, Power, and Stoicism (2022) 102
love Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
marcus aurelius Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
nature, living in accordance with Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
object, typical Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
performance Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
pliny the younger Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
prayer Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
rome, empire Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
rome, religion Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
seneca Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
stoicism, stoic views Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
tranquility' Rüpke and Woolf, Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE (2013) 230
vindication Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210
virtue Hockey, The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter (2019) 210