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Seneca The Younger, Letters, 94.43


nanMoreover, who can deny that even the most inexperienced are effectively struck by the force of certain precepts? For example, by such brief but weighty saws as: "Nothing in excess," "The greedy mind is satisfied by no gains," "You must expect to be treated by others as you yourself have treated them." We receive a sort if shock when we hear such sayings; no one ever thinks of doubting them or of asking "Why?" So strongly, indeed, does mere truth, unaccompanied by reason, attract us.


nanMoreover, who can deny that even the most inexperienced are effectively struck by the force of certain precepts? For example, by such brief but weighty saws as: "Nothing in excess," "The greedy mind is satisfied by no gains," "You must expect to be treated by others as you yourself have treated them."[20] We receive a sort if shock when we hear such sayings; no one ever thinks of doubting them or of asking "Why?" So strongly, indeed, does mere truth, unaccompanied by reason, attract us.


nanBut when people do this for the purpose of attaining a legacy,[22] they are like vultures waiting for carrion. The same act may be either shameful or honourable: the purpose and the manner make all the difference. Now each of our acts will be honourable if we declare allegiance to honour and judge honour and its results to be the only good that can fall to man's lot; for other things are only temporarily good.


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1. New Testament, 1 Timothy, 4.8, 6.3-6.19 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

4.8. For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value for all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come. 6.3. If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn't consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness 6.4. he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions 6.5. constant friction of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such. 6.6. But godliness with contentment is great gain. 6.7. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can't carry anything out. 6.8. But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. 6.9. But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. 6.10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 6.11. But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. 6.12. Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses. 6.13. I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession 6.14. that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; 6.15. which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 6.16. who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen. 6.17. Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; 6.18. that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 6.19. laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.
2. Seneca The Younger, Letters, 94.29, 94.47, 95.1 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)



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agōn, theoretical Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
altar of victory Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
ambrose Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
aristotle, rhetoric, art, contemplation of Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
augustine Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
avarice Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
conflict/shenoutes vocation, fear of god Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
contemplation, of art Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
contemplation of art Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
de iudicio dei (shenoute), death, fear of Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
epistle, pastorals Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
exhortation Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
fear of death Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
fear of god, individual exercises in Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
heavenly court, and fear of god Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
instruction Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
legacy-hunting Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
meditations, and the fear of death Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
metaphor Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
morality Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
paraenesis Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
paraeneticen Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
pastoral epistles Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
pastorals Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
philosopher Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
philosophy Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
polyptoton Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
precept Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
prostitutes Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
proverb, in pastorals Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
proverb Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
proverbs Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
rhetoric, meditations on the fear of death Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
rhetoric Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
seneca Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177; Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
sententiae Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
stoicism Malherbe et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity: Collected Essays of Abraham J (2014) 513
tetrapharmakos' Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (2019) 177
valentinian i Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160
valentinian ii Cain, Jerome and the Monastic Clergy: A Commentary on Letter 52 to Nepotian (2013) 160