We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.


A prominent Roman philosopher and a notable figure in Stoicism, Seneca recognized the impact our thoughts have on our actions and well-being. The Stoics believed that genuine knowledge is rooted in perception, so they advocated against dwelling on negative possibilities and allowing the imagination to manifest anxieties. Through willpower and rational interpretation, Seneca believed individuals and societies could shift their perspectives away from the what-ifs to keep moving forward.