Letter XIII. On Groundless Fears

Letter XIII. On Groundless Fears

  1. To know your fear is to defeat it;
  2. Things are often worse in your mind;
  3. Explore what could really go wrong;
  4. Don’t panic, it is witless (§9).

XIII. On Groundless Fears

Footnotes

  1. Seneca dismisses the topic of “exaggerated ills,” because judgements will differ concerning present troubles; the Stoics, for example, would not admit that torture was an evil at all. He then passes on to the topic of “imaginary ills,” §§ 6–7, and afterwards to “anticipated ills,” §§ 8–11. From § 12 on, he deals with both imaginary and anticipated ills.
  2. Cf. Solon’s καί με κωτίλλοντα λείως τραχὺν ἐκφανεῖ νόον.
  3. Epicurus, Frag. 494 Usener.

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The Stoic

The Stoic

The Stoic philosophy Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. Quotes, sayings, and other resources to help to apply Stoicism to your own daily life.