Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living

Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living

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Stoicism, the most influential philosophy of the Roman Empire, offers refreshingly modern ways to strengthen our inner character in the face of an unpredictable world. Widely recognized as the most talented and humane writer of the Stoic tradition, Seneca teaches us to live with freedom and purpose. His most enduring work, over a hundred “Letters from a Stoic” written to a close friend, explains how to handle adversity; overcome grief, anxiety, and anger; transform setbacks into opportunities for growth; and recognize the true nature of friendship.


In Breakfast with Seneca, philosopher David Fideler mines Seneca’s classic works in a series of focused chapters, clearly explaining Seneca’s ideas without oversimplifying them. Best enjoyed as a daily ritual, like an energizing cup of coffee, Seneca’s wisdom provides us with a steady stream of time-tested advice about the human condition—which, as it turns out, hasn’t changed much over the past two thousand years.

Title:Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living
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  • Bharath

    This (audio)book took me by surprise in many ways. I knew nothing of Stoicism before this book, including the fact that the way we use the word ‘stoic’ is very different from what ‘Stoicism’ s...

  • Antonomasia

    A useful and sometimes inspiring overview of major topics and ideas in Seneca's work - very helpful as someone who had previously thought he sounded forbidding, and which made me want to explore his w...

  • Danielle

    I was looking for a new audiobook when I read (er, skimmed) an article in the NYT about the stoics, and this book was mentioned as a recommendation. The snippets of stoic philosophy I read seemed like...

  • Jt O'Neill

    I saw this book presented so positively in a recent review somewhere that I immediately wanted to read it. I am familiar with the philosophical school of Stoicism. William Irvin, professor of philosop...

  • Michelle McGrane

    The ancient Roman Stoic philosopher, Seneca, is recognised as the most talented and humane writer of the Stoic tradition. He shaped the understanding of Stoic thought that later generations were to h...

  • Linda Proud

    I’ve often attempted to read the Letters unabridged only for it to become yet another incomplete project, and not because I wasn’t enjoying them. They contain so much practical wisdom that they ar...

  • Happyreader

    Don’t waste your life on nonsense. Stay present, examine your thinking, and be grateful. Virtue should be our life’s goal. Be persistent on spending your precious time on what is important. All ne...

  • Stacywriting

    This was a very informative and well-researched book. I have previously read writings by other famous Stoics such as Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, but never Seneca.This book was enlightening and unde...

  • Drew Stockstill

    A great and accessible intro to Seneca and stoicism that got me interested in reading Seneca’s letters. ...

  • Melissa

    Why are the modern stoics so determined to be patronizing? Anyway, he's better by far than holliday(low bar, I know), but not nearly as good as Pigliucci or Irvine.Mostly what I got from this was "it'...