On why Seneca is better than Aurelius

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Epictetus’ Enchiridion is too commanding

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” — Epictetus

Aurelius’ Meditations is also too commanding, albeit for different reasons

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” — Marcus Aurelius

Seneca’s letters strike the best balance

“It’s not that we have a short time to live, Paulinus, but that we waste much of it. When life is squandered through soft and careless living, and when it’s spent on no worthwhile pursuit, death finally presses and we realize that the life which we didn’t notice passing has passed away.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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