Seneca the Younger (4BCE-65CE) Top Ten Conflict Tips

Nassim Taleb in his book Anti-Fragile is very keen on the Roman Philosopher Seneca and so I thought it time we did a one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips on Seneca, the Stoic Roman Philosopher.

  1. True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
  2. If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
  3. Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
  4. Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
  5. While we are postponing, life speeds by.
  6. Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
  7. A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
  8. That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.
  9. Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.
  10. A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_the_Younger

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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