Seneca Quotes

Seneca

Roman dramatist, philosopher, & politician (5 BC - 65 AD)

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We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

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The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

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Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck du

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It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

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The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

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Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.

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Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling.

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Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.

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We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

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A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.

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That grief is light which can take counsel.

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Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.

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To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.

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No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.

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A great mind becomes a great fortune.

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There is no genius free from some tincture of madness.

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No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.

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As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

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Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.

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If you wished to be loved, love.

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He who has great power should use it lightly.

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Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers.

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Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

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Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.

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It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.

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Time heals what reason cannot.

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Time discovers truth.

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Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

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He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.

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All cruelty springs from weakness.

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Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.

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Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.

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What once were vices are manners now.

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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

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Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future one.

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The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

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While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.

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There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness.

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I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.

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Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.

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One should count each day a separate life.

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It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted.

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He will live ill who does not know how to die well.

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If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him.

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If virtue precede us every step will be safe.

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It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.

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It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.

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It is pleasant at times to play the madman.

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It is rash to condemn where you are ignorant.

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It is the sign of a weak mind to be unable to bear wealth.

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It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.

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Many things have fallen only to rise higher.

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No one can wear a mask for very long.

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I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge.

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One hand washes the other.
(Manus Manum Lavet)

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Speech is the mirror of the mind.
(Imago Animi Sermo Est)

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The arts are the servant; wisdom its master.

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The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error.

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The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early.

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The most onerous slavery is to be a slave to oneself.

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The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual.

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To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.

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Unjust dominion cannot be eternal.

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We most often go astray on a well trodden and much frequented road.

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Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.

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Where reason fails, time oft has worked a cure.

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What does reason demand of a man? A very easy thing--to live in accord with his nature.

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The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

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Life without the courage for death is slavery.

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All art is an imitation of nature.

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An unpopular rule is never long maintained.

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As was his language so was his life.

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Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.

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Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.

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Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance.

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Desultory reading is delightful, but to be beneficial, our reading must be carefully directed.

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He who spares the wicked injures the good.

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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour the body.

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Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also.

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To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind.

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

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Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable.

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Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of.

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Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.

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We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it.

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While we are postponing, life speeds by.

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It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.

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I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better then the bad.

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truth never perishes (Veritas numquam perit)

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Time heals what reason cannot.

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Fate rules the affairs of mankind with no recognizable order.

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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

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What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.

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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

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Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

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Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.

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While we are postponing, life speeds by.

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Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us that injury that provokes it.

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I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?

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To see a man fearless in dangers. untainted with lusts, happy in adversity, composed in a tumult, and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared, all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body.

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

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There is a noble manner of being poor and who does not know it will never be rich.

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Most powerful is he who has himself in his power.

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The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

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Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.

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We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

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A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.

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There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.

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