Seneca, Letters

Seneca, Letters

Originally shared by Jannik Lindquist

“Philosophy is both theoretical and practical, observing at the same time as it acts. It would be a mistake for you to think that philosophy only looks after your mundane needs; it has loftier aspirations. Rather, it declares: “My focus is the entire universe; I don’t confine myself to the mortal domain, content to give you positive or negative advice. I am summoned by things that are mighty and stationed above you, as Lucretius says: “I will begin to teach you now about the larger scheme of heaven and of the gods; I will unfold the basic elements from which nature creates all things, augments and nurtures, and in the end destroys them and dissolves them.””

– Seneca, Letters 95. 10-11