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Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes and Sayings

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

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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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief.
When fresh it finds someone to console it,
but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed,
and rightly.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Whatever fortune has raised to a height,
she has raised only to cast it down.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Consider, when you are enraged at any one,
what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party;
there is no battle unless there be two.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If a man knows not what harbor he seeks,
any wind is the right wind.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God,
as if men heard you.
- 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

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

He has committed the crime who profits by it.
- 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

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.
What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

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

Every guilty person is his own hangman.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living.
In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

While we are postponing, life speeds by.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

Precepts or maxims are of great weight;
and a few useful ones on hand do more to produce a
happy life than the volumes we can't find.
- 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

The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many,
and the end of all.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.
- 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

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

It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.
It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A great fortune is a great slavery.
- 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

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

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

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather
an ambition than a bounty.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

May be is very well, but Must is the master.
It is my duty to show justice without recompense.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

What is true belongs to me!
- 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

There is no person so severely punished,
as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.
- 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


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