Seneca's Morals of a Happy Life, Benefits, Anger and Clemency
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Seneca's Morals of a Happy Life, Benefits, Anger and Clemency

By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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  • SENECA’S MORALS OF A HAPPY LIFE, BENEFITS, ANGER AND CLEMENCY.
    • TO THE READER.
    • OF SENECA’S WRITINGS.
    • SENECA’S LIFE AND DEATH.
    • SENECA OF BENEFITS.
      • CHAPTER I. OF BENEFITS IN GENERAL.
      • CHAPTER II. SEVERAL SORTS OF BENEFITS.
      • CHAPTER III. A SON MAY OBLIGE HIS FATHER, AND A SERVANT HIS MASTER.
      • CHAPTER IV. IT IS THE INTENTION, NOT THE MATTER, THAT MAKES THE BENEFIT.
      • CHAPTER V. THERE MUST BE JUDGMENT IN A BENEFIT, AS WELL AS MATTER AND INTENTION; AND ESPECIALLY IN THE CHOICE OF THE PERSON.
      • CHAPTER VI. THE MATTER OF OBLIGATIONS, WITH ITS CIRCUMSTANCES.
      • CHAPTER VII. THE MANNER OF OBLIGING.
      • CHAPTER VIII. THE DIFFERENCE AND VALUE OF BENEFITS.
      • CHAPTER IX. AN HONEST MAN CANNOT BE OUTDONE IN COURTESY.
      • CHAPTER X. THE QUESTION DISCUSSED, WHETHER OR NOT A MAN MAY GIVE OR RETURN A BENEFIT TO HIMSELF?
      • CHAPTER XI. HOW FAR ONE MAN MAY BE OBLIGED FOR A BENEFIT DONE TO ANOTHER.
      • CHAPTER XII. THE BENEFACTOR MUST HAVE NO BY-ENDS.
      • CHAPTER XIII. THERE ARE MANY CASES WHEREIN A MAN MAY BE MINDED OF A BENEFIT, BUT IT IS VERY RARELY TO BE CHALLENGED, AND NEVER TO BE UPBRAIDED.
      • CHAPTER XIV. HOW FAR TO OBLIGE OR REQUITE A WICKED MAN.
      • CHAPTER XV. A GENERAL VIEW OF THE PARTS AND DUTIES OF THE BENEFACTOR.
      • CHAPTER XVI. HOW THE RECEIVER OUGHT TO BEHAVE HIMSELF.
      • CHAPTER XVII. OF GRATITUDE.
      • CHAPTER XVIII. GRATITUDE MISTAKEN.
      • CHAPTER XIX. OF INGRATITUDE.
      • CHAPTER XX. THERE CAN BE NO LAW AGAINST INGRATITUDE.
    • SENECA OF A HAPPY LIFE.
      • CHAPTER I. OF A HAPPY LIFE, AND WHEREIN IT CONSISTS.
      • CHAPTER II. HUMAN HAPPINESS IS FOUNDED UPON WISDOM AND VIRTUE; AND FIRST, OF WISDOM.
      • CHAPTER III. THERE CAN BE NO HAPPINESS WITHOUT VIRTUE.
      • CHAPTER IV. PHILOSOPHY IS THE GUIDE OF LIFE.
      • CHAPTER V. THE FORCE OF PRECEPTS.
      • CHAPTER VI. NO FELICITY LIKE PEACE OF CONSCIENCE.
      • CHAPTER VII. A GOOD MAN CAN NEVER BE MISERABLE, NOR A WICKED MAN HAPPY.
      • CHAPTER VIII. THE DUE CONTEMPLATION OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE IS THE CERTAIN CURE OF ALL MISFORTUNES.
      • CHAPTER IX. OF LEVITY OF MIND, AND OTHER IMPEDIMENTS OF A HAPPY LIFE.
      • CHAPTER X. HE THAT SETS UP HIS REST UPON CONTINGENCIES SHALL NEVER BE QUIET.
      • CHAPTER XI. A SENSUAL LIFE IS A MISERABLE LIFE.
      • CHAPTER XII. AVARICE AND AMBITION ARE INSATIABLE AND RESTLESS.
      • CHAPTER XIII. HOPE AND FEAR ARE THE BANE OF HUMAN LIFE.
      • CHAPTER XIV. IT IS ACCORDING TO THE TRUE OR FALSE ESTIMATE OF THINGS THAT WE ARE HAPPY OR MISERABLE.
      • CHAPTER XV. THE BLESSINGS OF TEMPERANCE AND MODERATION.
      • CHAPTER XVI. CONSTANCY OF MIND GIVES A MAN REPUTATION, AND MAKES HIM HAPPY IN DESPITE OF ALL MISFORTUNE.
      • CHAPTER XVII. OUR HAPPINESS DEPENDS IN A GREAT MEASURE UPON THE CHOICE OF OUR COMPANY.
      • CHAPTER XVIII. THE BLESSINGS OF FRIENDSHIP.
      • CHAPTER XIX. HE THAT WOULD BE HAPPY MUST TAKE AN ACCOUNT OF HIS TIME.
      • CHAPTER XX. HAPPY IS THE MAN THAT MAY CHOOSE HIS OWN BUSINESS.
      • CHAPTER XXI. THE CONTEMPT OF DEATH MAKES ALL THE MISERIES OF LIFE EASY TO US.
      • CHAPTER XXII. CONSOLATIONS AGAINST DEATH, FROM THE PROVIDENCE AND THE NECESSITY OF IT.
      • CHAPTER XXIII. AGAINST IMMODERATE SORROW FOR THE DEATH OF FRIENDS.
      • CHAPTER XXIV. CONSOLATION AGAINST BANISHMENT AND BODILY PAIN.
      • CHAPTER XXV. POVERTY TO A WISE MAN IS RATHER A BLESSING THAN A MISFORTUNE.
    • SENECA OF ANGER.
      • CHAPTER I. ANGER DESCRIBED, IT IS AGAINST NATURE, AND ONLY TO BE FOUND IN MAN.
      • CHAPTER II. THE RISE OF ANGER.
      • CHAPTER III. ANGER MAY BE SUPPRESSED.
      • CHAPTER IV. IT IS A SHORT MADNESS, AND A DEFORMED VICE.
      • CHAPTER V. ANGER IS NEITHER WARRANTABLE NOR USEFUL.
      • CHAPTER VI. ANGER IN GENERAL, WITH THE DANGER AND EFFECTS OF IT.
      • CHAPTER VII. THE ORDINARY GROUNDS AND OCCASIONS OF ANGER.
      • CHAPTER VIII. ADVICE IN THE CASES OF CONTUMELY AND REVENGE.
      • CHAPTER IX. CAUTIONS AGAINST ANGER IN THE MATTER OF EDUCATION, CONVERSE, AND OTHER GENERAL RULES OF PREVENTING IT, BOTH IN OURSELVES AND OTHERS.
      • CHAPTER X. AGAINST RASH JUDGMENT.
      • CHAPTER XI. TAKE NOTHING ILL FROM ANOTHER MAN, UNTIL YOU HAVE MADE IT YOUR OWN CASE.
      • CHAPTER XII. OF CRUELTY.
    • SENECA OF CLEMENCY.
      • Transcriber's Note
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