Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

All art is but imitation of nature.
We learn not in the school, but in life.
All things are cause for either laughter or weeping.
It is well to be born either a king or a fool.
We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself.
If thou live according to nature, thou wilt never be poor if according to the opinions of the world, thou wilt never be rich.
Liesure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.
The hour which gives us life begins to take it away. - Hercules Furens
It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.
In every good man a God doth dwell.
The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and perturbations to understand and do our duties to God and man, and to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future.
Why does no one confess his sins Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams.
He who comes to a conclusion when the other side is unheard, may have been just in his conclusion, but yet has not been just in his conduct.
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.
I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that which I ought to lead. I follow it at a mighty distance, crawling.
The best ideas are common property.
An action will not be right unless the will be right for from thence is the action derived. Again, the will will not be right unless the disposition of the mind be right for from thence comes the will.
Life is a gift of the immortal Gods, but living well is the gift of philosophy.
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
Our (The Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.
Whatever is to make us better and happy, God has placed either openly before us or close to us.
He who has injured thee was stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him if stronger, spare thyself.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party there is no battle unless there be two.
The soul has this proof of its divinity that divine things delight in it.
There is nothing so disagreeable, that a patient mind cannot find some solace for it.
The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy.
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
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.
No man ever became wise by chance.
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.
...a sword never kills anybody it's a tool in the killer's hand. From Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales, Letters to Lucilius on Morals, Letter 87, c.63-65
If wisdom were offered me with this restriction, that I should keep it close and not communicate it, I would refuse the gift.
Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say let speech harmonize with life.
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor.
It is extreme evil to depart from the company of the living before you die.
Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
A great step toward independence is a good humored stomach.
If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
We become wiser by adversity prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
To strive with an equal is dangerous with a superior, mad with an inferior, degrading.
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.
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.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.
There is no genius free from some tincture of madness.
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.
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
That grief is light which can take counsel.
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.
As is a tale, so is life not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
If you wished to be loved, love.
Malice drinks one half of its own poison.
A great mind becomes a great fortune.
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.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Time heals what reason cannot.
Time discovers truth.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.
The pain of a disappointed wish necessarily produces less effect upon the mind if a man has not certainly promised himself success. - De Tranquillitate Animi
Those whom fortune has never favoured are more joyful than those whom she has deserted. - De Tranquillitate Animi
This body is not a home but an inn, and that only briefly. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another. - Hercules Furens
To greed, all nature is insufficient. - Hercules Oetaeus
Anyone can stop a man's life, but no one his death a thousand doors open on to it. - Phoenissae
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