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On the other hand, some are frightened of even their dearest friends knowing; they would not even trust themselves, if they could avoid it, and keep everything bottled up in their hearts. But we should not follow either course; for it is equally a fault to trust everyone and to trust no one. However, I would call the first fault more honourable, the second more safe. In this way you would criticize both those who are always ill at ease, and those who are always at ease. For the kind of activity that delights in bustle is not activity, but the fretting of a harassed mind.
Ancient Letters. —— The Stoic Reader (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2008). —— and Gerson, L. , Hellenistic Philosophy: Introductory Readings, Epicurus and Epicureans, pp. 4–77; Stoicism, pp. 77–158 (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1988). Volk and G. D. ), Seeing Seneca Whole: Perspectives on Philosophy, Poetry and Politics (New York: Columbia UP, 2006). —— The Deaths of Seneca (New York: Oxford UP, 2009). Kidd, I. , ‘Posidonius as Philosopher-Historian’, in Miriam T. ), Philosophia Togata I: Essays on Philosophy and Roman Society (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989).
No good thing helps its possessor unless his mind is ready to lose it. And no loss is easier than losing something if its loss cannot be missed. So harden yourself against these troubles which can befall even the most powerful among men. It was a minor and a eunuch who determined Pompey’s fate, and a cruel and arrogant Parthian who decided the fate of Crassus. Gaius Caesar ordered Lepidus to offer his neck to the tribune Dexter, and himself lost his life to Chaerea:* there is no one whom Fortune promoted so high that she could not threaten him with evils as great as her promises.