Seneca on Manful Thoughts

You remember the delight of throwing aside the boy’s clothes, and putting on the manly toga. Expect yet more joy from putting off a childish mind, and being enrolled by philosophy as a man.”

-Seneca, Epistles, XLV, Sec. 1

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Pail February 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

This is from Epistles IV.

Eric R February 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I think I would more like to put off the adult thoughts and responsibilities and go back to a child’s world.
Youth is wasted on the young.

Nik Rice February 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

One could say that this transition is when a man no longer only looks inward and thinks on the concerns of himself. A child is dependent and has a scarcity mentality. A man sees the world as a web of people who he is responsible for and has an abundance mentality.

Chad February 28, 2012 at 3:37 am

yikes eric. i like the quote. its a much deeper satisfaction, to think like a man, to take on responsibility that men take on.

Edin March 11, 2012 at 3:48 am

Like the quote. I Like Seneca’s quotes.

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