Seneca Quotes

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.
What difference does it make how much you have What you do not have amounts to much more.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Latin A sword never kills anybody it is a tool in the killer's hand.
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future one.
No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us.
Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
Live with men as if God saw you converse with God as if men heard you.
This is the reason we cannot complain of lifeit keeps no one against his wll.
Brother, the Great Spirit has made us all. . . . .
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
All art is an imitation of nature.
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.
Delay not swift the flight of fortune's greatest favours.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour the body.
Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.
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.
An unpopular rule is never long maintained.
Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance.
As was his language so was his life.
Desultory reading is delightful, but to be beneficial, our reading must be carefully directed.
He will live ill who does not know how to die well.
He who spares the wicked injures the good.
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen that is the common right of humanity.
If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him.
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge.
Let tears flow of their own accord their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.
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.
It is pleasant at times to play the madman.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Life without the courage for death is slavery.
It is rash to condemn where you are ignorant.
It is a youthful failing to be unable to control one's impulses.
It is the sign of a week mind to be unable to bear wealth.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.
One hand washes the other.
Speech is the mirror of the mind.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
No one can wear a mask for very long.
Not to feel one's misfortunes is not human, not to bear them in not manly.
The arts are the servant wisdom its master.
One should count each day a separate life.
The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error.
Many things have fallen only to rise higher.
Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable.
Unjust dominion cannot be eternal.
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.
We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it.
Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual.
The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early.
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.
The most onerous slavery is to be a slave to oneself.
We most often go astray on a well trodden and much frequented road.
Where reason fails, time oft has worked a cure.
It is better, of cours, to know useless things than to know nothing.
Fire is the test of gold adversity, of strong men.
He who boasts of his ancestry is praising the deeds of another.
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.
Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
What does reason demand of a man A very easy thing--to live in accord with his nature.
Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.
While the fates permit, live happily life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.
Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed.
Live among men as if God beheld you speak to God as if men were listening.
The best ideas are common property.
Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.
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