Seneca to Lucilius: 33, on the use of philosophical maxims

Letter 33 from Seneca to his friend Lucilius is rather ironic from the point of view of modern Stoics, who often do precisely what Seneca makes a bit of fun of: throw around quotations, including, of course, from Seneca himself. Nevertheless, I’m going to quote (!) from the beginning of this letter right at the outset:

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