Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

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Born: 4 BC,
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Died: , 65 AD

1.
A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

2.
A great fortune is a great slavery.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

3.
A great mind becomes a great fortune.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

4.
A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

5.
A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

6.
All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

7.
Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

8.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

9.
Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

10.
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

11.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

12.
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.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

13.
Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

14.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

15.
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

16.
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.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

17.
Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

18.
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.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

19.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

20.
For greed all nature is too little.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

21.
For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

22.
Genius always gives its best at first prudence, at last.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

23.
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

24.
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

25.
He that does good to another does good also to himself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

26.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

27.
Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

28.
I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

29.
I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

30.
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

31.
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?
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

32.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

33.
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

34.
If you wished to be loved, love.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

35.
Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both this is an observation of the Middle Way.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

36.
In war there is no prize for runner-up.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

37.
In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

38.
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

39.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

40.
It is the superfluous things for which men sweat, - superfluous things that wear our togas theadbare, that force us to grow old in camp, that dash us upon foreign shores.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

41.
It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

42.
It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

43.
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

44.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

45.
No man was ever wise by chance.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

46.
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

47.
Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

48.
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

49.
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

50.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

51.
Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

52.
Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely for science is but one.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

53.
So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

54.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

55.
Success consecrates the most offensive crimes.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

56.
Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

57.
The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

58.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

59.
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

60.
The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

61.
The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

62.
The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

63.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

64.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

65.
The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

66.
The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

67.
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

68.
The wish for healing has always been half of health.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

69.
There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

70.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

71.
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

72.
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

73.
Time discovers truth.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

74.
To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

75.
True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

76.
We are more often frightened than hurt and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

77.
We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

78.
We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

79.
What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

80.
When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

81.
Where fear is, happiness is not.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

82.
While we are postponing, life speeds by.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

83.
Why do I not seek some real good one which I could feel, not one which I could display?
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

84.
Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

85.
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.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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