Seneca (5BCE to 65 CE) Top Ten Conflict Tips

The famous Stoic philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca had some good tips about conflict and so here is another of our Top Ten Conflict Tips: 

  1. Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.
  2. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
  3. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
  4. A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever.Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
  5. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
  6. As long as you live, keep learning how to live
  7. Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.
  8. Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
  9. The way is long if one follows precepts, but short… if one follows patterns.
  10. A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts


True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future
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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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