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.
- True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
- If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
- Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
- While we are postponing, life speeds by.
- Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
- A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
- That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.
- 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.
- 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