Seneca

+ 249 That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 313 If you wished to be loved, love. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 311 Love in its essence is spiritual fire. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 214 He who is brave is free. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 239 We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 211 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


+ 249 We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 222 The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 215 A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 198 Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 213 It is quality rather than quantity that matters. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 226 Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 218 The wish for healing has always been half of health. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 221 Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 243 One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 203 It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 215 True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 207 If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 235 A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 251 A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 227 Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 217 Love in its essence is spiritual fire. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 221 All cruelty springs from weakness. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 224 There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 242 There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 204 A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 237 Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 211 A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 220 Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 229 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


+ 231 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


+ 236 No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 198 No man was ever wise by chance. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 212 Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 217 Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 286 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


+ 195 As long as you live, keep learning how to live. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 235 Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 252 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


+ 250 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


+ 207 Slavery takes hold of few, but many take hold of slavery. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 196 You learn to know a pilot in a storm. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 214 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


+ 230 We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 230 The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 185 I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 202 He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 225 There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 223 If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 197 See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 183 While we are postponing, life speeds by. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 198 Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 217 If you wished to be loved, love. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 241 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


+ 202 A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 188 Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 215 The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 226 The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 202 When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 191 Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 239 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


+ 182 Every guilty person is his own hangman. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 216 Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 189 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


+ 189 Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 201 It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 216 The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 225 Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 184 For greed all nature is too little. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 216 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


+ 213 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


+ 208 A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 198 There is no great genius without some touch of madness. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 186 The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 202 It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 201 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


+ 217 A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 218 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


+ 222 The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 203 All art is but imitation of nature. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 198 When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 211 Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 200 Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 202 The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 176 If you would judge, understand. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 220 We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 200 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


+ 217 For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 214 The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 193 Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 205 Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 209 A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 231 The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 243 The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 206 Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 204 The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 227 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


+ 203 Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 193 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


+ 248 The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 198 Time discovers truth. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 186 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


+ 199 A man's as miserable as he thinks he is. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 190 Life, if well lived, is long enough. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 210 You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 182 In war there is no prize for runner-up. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 219 Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 254 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


+ 247 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


+ 201 Modesty forbids what the law does not. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 218 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


+ 207 There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 208 There is no delight in owning anything unshared. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 259 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


+ 207 As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 196 A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 177 True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 213 It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 216 It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 240 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


+ 173 If you judge, investigate. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 203 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


+ 199 What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 200 Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 233 To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 213 The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 217 Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 193 A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 192 I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 212 To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 186 He who has great power should use it lightly. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 211 The greatest remedy for anger is delay. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 212 One crime has to be concealed by another. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 217 Success consecrates the most offensive crimes. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 210 He has committed the crime who profits by it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 228 There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 167 Do everything as in the eye of another. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 209 Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 168 Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 207 Crime when it succeeds is called virtue. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 207 When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 212 That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 198 It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 205 A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 205 May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 188 Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 207 Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 229 It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 255 Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 179 Every sin is the result of a collaboration. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 195 He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 197 Where fear is, happiness is not. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 170 Every reign must submit to a greater reign. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 183 The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 225 Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 214 Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 190 No untroubled day has ever dawned for me. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 202 Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 211 Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 204 Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 187 Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 202 What is true belongs to me! Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 241 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


+ 204 A great fortune is a great slavery. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 193 A great mind becomes a great fortune. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 209 Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 210 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


+ 180 I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 213 So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 181 One must steer, not talk. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 211 No one is laughable who laughs at himself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 221 The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 216 Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 211 It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 180 Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display? Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 232 What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 181 He that does good to another does good also to himself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 216 No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 180 Whatever is well said by another, is mine. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 235 Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 206 Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 171 Life is warfare. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 208 That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 63 One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca