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It is not the man who has too little,
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Related topics: Wisdom Greed Envy Simplicity

A gift consists not in what is done or given,
but in the intention of the giver or doer.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where fear is, happiness is not.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship
is to understand and to be understood.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A man who suffers before it is necessary,
suffers more than is necessary.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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If one does not know to which port one is sailing,
no wind is favorable.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful
to us than the injury that provokes it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No man was ever wise by chance.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man...
It is more powerful than external circumstances.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,
it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you wished to be loved, love.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach.
It is for the superfluous we sweat.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills
not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us,
and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service,
and stand in fear of the power and unkindness,
even of the meanest of mortals.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself.
How few men are sad in their own company.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

When an author is too meticulous about his style,
you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No one can be happy who has been thrust outside the pale of truth.
And there are two ways that one can be removed from this realm:
by lying,
or by being lied to.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned
by those who aspire to power.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

One crime has to be concealed by another.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For greed all nature is too little.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel,
not one which I could display?
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Genius always gives its best at first;
prudence,
at last.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Time discovers truth.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

True happiness is...
to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn,
as in doing it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A great fortune is a great slavery.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things,
even though they fail.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He has committed the crime who profits by it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness,
and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles,
it only changes them.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We are more often frightened than hurt;
and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you would judge, understand.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is another's fault if he be ungrateful,
but it is mine if I do not give.
To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim.
When a man does not know what harbor he is making for,
no wind is the right wind.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

God is the universal substance in existing things.
He comprises all things.
He is the fountain of all being.
In Him exists everything that is.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The way is long if one follows precepts,
but short...
if one follows patterns.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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