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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.

The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.

True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

All art is but imitation of nature. ---->>>

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. ---->>>

The wish for healing has always been half of health.

The wish for healing has always been half of health.

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

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. ---->>>

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

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

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

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.

Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ---->>>

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

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.

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.

Love in its essence is spiritual fire. ---->>>

You learn to know a pilot in a storm. ---->>>

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse. ---->>>

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature. ---->>>

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

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

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. ---->>>

While we are postponing, life speeds by. ---->>>

Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody. ---->>>

Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things. ---->>>

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

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. ---->>>

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. ---->>>

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.

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

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

Every guilty person is his own hangman. ---->>>

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. ---->>>

If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind. ---->>>

The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin. ---->>>

The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns. ---->>>

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. ---->>>

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality. ---->>>

The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.

The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

He who has great power should use it lightly.

He who has great power should use it lightly.

There is no great genius without some touch of madness. ---->>>

A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.

A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.

The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances. ---->>>

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. ---->>>

Life, if well lived, is long enough. ---->>>

Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. ---->>>

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

I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives.

I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives.

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. ---->>>

A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.

A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.

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

You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself. ---->>>

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

If you wished to be loved, love. ---->>>

All cruelty springs from weakness. ---->>>

No man was ever wise by chance.

No man was ever wise by chance.

He who is brave is free.

He who is brave is free.

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. ---->>>

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. ---->>>

For greed all nature is too little. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If you judge, investigate. ---->>>

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. ---->>>

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. ---->>>

The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity. ---->>>

When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill. ---->>>

It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing. ---->>>

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right. ---->>>

The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin. ---->>>

A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. ---->>>

If you would judge, understand. ---->>>

It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult. ---->>>

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands. ---->>>

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

Time discovers truth. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

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

A man's as miserable as he thinks he is. ---->>>

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. ---->>>

We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods. ---->>>

Do everything as in the eye of another. ---->>>

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it. ---->>>

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. ---->>>

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. ---->>>

The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember. ---->>>

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned. ---->>>

A great mind becomes a great fortune. ---->>>

No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it. ---->>>

Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart. ---->>>

It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. ---->>>

One crime has to be concealed by another. ---->>>

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. ---->>>

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule. ---->>>

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail. ---->>>

Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb. ---->>>

Slavery takes hold of few, but many take hold of slavery. ---->>>

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. ---->>>

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. ---->>>

When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy. ---->>>

A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor. ---->>>

Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.

Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute. ---->>>

Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing. ---->>>

He that does good to another does good also to himself. ---->>>

Modesty forbids what the law does not. ---->>>

No one is laughable who laughs at himself. ---->>>

That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned. ---->>>

Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others. ---->>>

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display? ---->>>

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty. ---->>>

Every reign must submit to a greater reign.

Every reign must submit to a greater reign.

He who has made a fair compact with poverty is rich. ---->>>

In war there is no prize for runner-up. ---->>>

Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them. ---->>>

See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse. ---->>>

So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you. ---->>>

That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty. ---->>>

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them. ---->>>

No untroubled day has ever dawned for me. ---->>>

Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself. ---->>>

One must steer, not talk. ---->>>

Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue. ---->>>

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it. ---->>>

What is true belongs to me! ---->>>

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. ---->>>

Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.

Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.

Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit. ---->>>

The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger. ---->>>

To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God. ---->>>

There is no delight in owning anything unshared. ---->>>

True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong. ---->>>

Where fear is, happiness is not. ---->>>

A great fortune is a great slavery. ---->>>

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind. ---->>>

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.

Every sin is the result of a collaboration. ---->>>

Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. ---->>>

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself. ---->>>

Success consecrates the most offensive crimes. ---->>>

Whatever is well said by another, is mine. ---->>>

He has committed the crime who profits by it. ---->>>

May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense. ---->>>

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down. ---->>>

It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin. ---->>>

Life is warfare. ---->>>

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue. ---->>>

Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough. ---->>>

The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave. ---->>>

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. ---->>>

Biography

Lucius Annaeus Seneca profile (lucius-annaeus-seneca.jpg)
Nationality: Roman
Born: 5 BC
Birthplace: Cordoba, Hispania
Die: 65 AD
Occupation: Statesman
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Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC – AD 65), fully Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca (), was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—humorist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. As a tragedian, he is best-known for his Medea and Thyestes. He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero (wikipedia)