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If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.


A good mind is a lord of a kingdom.

SENECA, Thyestes

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

Mercy often inflicts death.

SENECA, Troades

Take away ambition and vanity, and where will be your heroes and patriots?

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

If anger is not restrained, it is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

There is nothing so wretched and foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness to expect evil before it arrives.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

That loss is most discreditable which is caused by negligence.

SENECA, attributed, Cassell's Book of Quotations, Proverbs and Household Words

Loyalty that is bought with money, may be overcome by money.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

The most miserable mortals are they that deliver themselves up to their palates, or to their lusts; the pleasure is short, and turns presently nauseous, and the end of it is either shame or repentance.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

Lightning will wreck its displeasures not only upon pillars, trees, and sheep, but upon altars and temples, and let the sacrilegious go free.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.

SENECA, Seneca's Morals

He only is anxious about the future, to whom the present is unprofitable.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

Luck knows no limits.

SENECA, Oedipus

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

We live as it were by chance, and by chance we are governed.

SENECA, Seneca's Morals

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

SENECA, Letters

He who is brave is free.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

One who daily puts the finishing touches on his life is never in want of time.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

He whose daily life has been a rounded whole, is easy in his mind.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

Loyalty gives traitors opportunity.

SENECA, Oedipus

Those who live for hope alone find that the immediate future always slips from their grasp.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

Those with false fears deserve real ones.

SENECA, Oedipus

Difficulties strengthen the mind as labor does the body.

SENECA, Seneca's Morals

A cruel reign is disordered and hidden in darkness, and while all shake with terror at the sudden explosions, not even he who caused all this disturbance escapes unharmed.

SENECA, "On Clemency", Minor Dialogues: Together with the Dialogue on Clemency

The surest way for those who want to rule is praising moderation, talking of peace and quiet.

SENECA, Oedipus

There are many diversities of vice; but it is one never-failing effect of it, to live displeased and discontented.

SENECA, attributed, Encyclopædia of Quotations: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs

Examine each individual, and consider the whole world, and you will find that there is no man's life that is not aiming at tomorrow.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

No one has had gods so favourable to him that he can promise himself a morrow.

SENECA, Thyestes

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.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

He who is everywhere is nowhere.

SENECA, Epistolae Ad Lucilium

Leave in concealment what has long been concealed.

SENECA, Oedipus

If thou would estimate thyself, put away wealth, land, honors; scrutinize thyself within.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

Silence is learned by the many misfortunes of life.

SENECA, Thyestes

Light sorrows speak, but deeper ones are dumb.

SENECA, Hippolytus

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.


Neither was a law able to be imposed on the falling rain, that they should not water and overflow the fields of the wicked and unjust.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

That man is a weakling and a degenerate who struggles and maligns the order of the universe and would rather reform the gods than reform himself.

SENECA, Letters from a Stoic

Reputation is a great inheritance.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

He always reflects concerning the quality, and not the quantity, of his life. As soon as there are many events in his life that give him trouble and disturb his peace of mind, he sets himself free.

LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA, Moral letters to Lucilius

Retirement without study is death, and the grave of a living man.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

Respect of parents curbs the spirit and restrains vices.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

If we do not watch, we lose our opportunities; if we do not make haste, we are left behind.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men.

SENECA, De Providentia

The wretched hasten to hear of their own miseries.

SENECA, Hercules Oetaeus

A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach.

SENECA, Letters from a Stoic

He is ungrateful who denies that he has received a kindness which has been bestowed upon him; he is ungrateful who conceals it; he is ungrateful who makes no return for it; most ungrateful of all is he who forgets it.

SENECA, De Beneficiis

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

SENECA, Moral Essays

It matters not whether you place the sick man on a wooden bed or one of gold; wherever you lay him, he carries his disease along with him.

SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon

This is what happens when you hurry through a maze; the faster you go, the worse you are entangled.

SENECA, Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium

A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.

SENECA THE YOUNGER, De Brevitate Vitae

The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the gift is acknowledged; it is the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that is weighed.

SENECA THE YOUNGER, Epistulae morales ad Lucilium

Let wickedness escape as it may at the bar, it never fails of doing justice to itself; for every guilty person is his own hangman.

SENECA, Seneca's Morals by Way of Abstract

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.


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