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Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness

Focus On Your Chosen Professsion

Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness || Editor

This is an extract from the book Stoic Tranquility, which is the plain English version of Seneca’s discourse ‘On Tranquility.’


This is the first chapter of Seneca’s discourse On Tranquility. It is an excerpt from Stoic Tranquility, a plain English version of the discourse, published by The Stoic Gym. https://amzn.to/337K6Mn


In the last chapter of his discourse On The Happy Life, Seneca tells us that to be happy we should stop pursuing pleasure, and instead pursue virtue.


Key ideas 

  1. When you practice philosophy, people will criticize you because you are not perfect. 
  2. What they don’t know is some progress is better than no progress at all. 

In the SIXTEENTH chapter of his discourse On The Happy Life, Seneca tells us that, to be happy, we should stop pursuing pleasure, and instead pursue virtue. This is an excerpt from Stoic Happiness, a plain English version of Seneca’s On the Happy Life, published by The Stoic Gym. 


Don’t mix pleasure with virtue

Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness || Editor

In the FIFTEENTH chap-ter of his discourse On The Happy Life, Seneca tells us that, to be happy, we should stop pursuing pleasure, and instead pur-sue virtue. This is an ex-cerpt from Stoic Happi-ness, a plain English ver-sion of Seneca’s On the Happy Life, published by The Stoic Gym. 

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In the FOURTEENTH chapter of his discourse On The Happy Life, Seneca tells us that, to be happy, we should stop pursuing pleasure, and instead pursue virtue. This is an excerpt from Stoic Happiness, a plain English version of Seneca’s On the Happy Life, published by The Stoic Gym. https://amzn.to/2I0mbVW


In the THRTEENTH chapter of his discourse On The Happy Life, Seneca tells us that, to be happy, we should stop pursuing pleasure, and instead pursue virtue. This is an excerpt from Stoic Happiness, a plain English version of Seneca’s On the Happy Life, published by The Stoic Gym. 


Don’t confuse pleasure with virtue

Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness || Editor

In the TWELFTH chapter of his discourse On The Happy Life, Seneca tells us that, to be happy, we should stop pursuing pleasure, and instead pursue virtue. This is an excerpt from Stoic Happiness, a plain English version of Seneca’s On the Happy Life, published by The Stoic Gym. https://amzn.to/2I0mbVW


Don’t be overcome by pleasure

Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness || Editor

In the ELEVENTH chapter of his discourse ON THE HAPPY LIFE, Seneca tells us that, to be happy, we should stop pursuing pleasure, but instead pursue virtue. This is an excerpt from Stoic Happiness, a plain English version of Seneca’s On the Happy Life, published by The Stoic Gym. 

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In the NINTH chapter of his discourse ON THE HAPPY LIFE, Seneca tells us that, to be happy, we should stop pursuing pleasure, but instead pursue virtue. This is an excerpt from Stoic Happiness, a plain English version of Seneca’s On the Happy Life, published by The Stoic Gym. 

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Pleasure belongs to both good and bad people 


Key ideas 

  1. Virtue and pleasure are two different things. Virtue does not need pleasure to exist. 
  2. The highest good is immortal. It never dies. But pleasure dies quickly. So it cannot be the highest good. 
  3. All good things come from virtue and, therefore, even the things you value and seek come from its roots. 

Don’t hope or fear. Be content

Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness || Editor


Be free, upright and undisturbed

Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness || Editor

Different ways to define happiness