Epistulae Morales "Whom They Have Injured They Also Hate"

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Whom They Have Injured They Also Hate"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Philosopher Seneca, one of a distinguished family of Córdoba, Spain, was educated in Rome, served as tutor to Nero, wrote both dramatic and philosophic works, and finally died as a result of political intrigue. Noted for the Stoic philosophy in his Moral Essays, Seneca contends in his "On Anger" that nothing is gained by anger, an unnatural passion, which aids neither the mind nor the strength of the body, and which is an indication of weakness. If one receives abuse at the hand of an important person, says Seneca, he should, for his own good, endure it with patience and good will:

But those injuries that are done us by mighty men, are not onely to be suffered joyfully, but patiently. They will doe it againe, if they beleeve they have displeased thee. Those minds whom Fortune hath made insolent, have this detestable qualitie in them, that they hate those whom they have harmed. Famous and memorable is his speech who was become old in the service of Kings, when a certayne man asked him: How he had attayned so rare a thing, as old age, in his service in Court? By suffering injuries (saith he,) and by giving thanks. . . .