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Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes (94)

It goes far toward making a man faithful to let him understand that you think him so; and he that does but suspect I will deceive him gives me a sort of right to do so.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Fidelity

We all sorely complain of the shortness of time and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all or in doing nothing to the purpose or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few and acting as though there would be no end of them.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Time

It is with life as with a playit matters not how long the action is spun out but how good the acting is.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Life

Everything may happen. Omnio fieri possent
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Everything

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   Category: Travel

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Luck

While we are postponing life speeds by.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Delay

Leisure without literature is death or rather the burial of a living man Otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultura.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Book

When a man does not know what harbor he is making for no wind is the right wind.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Direction

Let us say what we feel and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Speak

If you judge investigate.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Judge

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Danger

Even while they teach men learn.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Teach

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 abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Vice

Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Enough

The whole duty of man is embraced in the two principles of abstinence and patience: temperance in prosperity and patient courage in adversity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Abstinence

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

Do the best you can ... enjoy the present ... rest satisfied with what you have.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Present

No man ever became wise by chance.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Imitation

All art is but imitation of nature.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Art

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Power

He who has great power should use it lightly.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Strength

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Wish

To wish well is part of becoming well.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Sick

There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Star

True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have which is abundantly sufficient; for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes and like people in the dark fall foul of the very thing we search for without finding it. Tranquility is a certain quality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Happiness

Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Cost

Other mens sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Others

It is not the man who has too little but the man who craves more that is poor.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Church

Conversation has a kind of charm about it an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Conversation

Whom they have injured they also hate. Quos læserunt et oderunt
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Hate

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   Category: Benefit

All cruelty springs from weakness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Cruel

The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a mans ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Mind

Nothing is more common than for great thieves to ride in triumph when small ones are punished.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Guilt

As the soil however rich it may be cannot be productive without cultivation so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Culture

Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Cowardice

This body is not a home but an inn; And that only for a short time.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Body

No man is free who is a slave to the flesh.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Sin

One should count each day a separate life.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Day

It better befits a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Laugh

Modesty once extinguished knows not how to return.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Modesty

If you wished to be loved love.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Love

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Quotations

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   Category: Thank

Live with men as if God saw you; converse with God as if men heard you.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Brave

For greed all nature is too little.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Nature

It is not because it is difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Truth

Night brings our troubles to the light rather than banishes them.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Night

As long as you live keep learning how to live.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Learn

If one does not know to which port one is sailing no wind is favorable.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Sailor

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Plan

People do not care how nobly they live only how long despite the fact that it is within everyones reach to live nobly but within no ones reach to live long.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Age

Let him who has given a favor be silent; let he who has received it tell it. Qui dedit beneficium taceat; narrat qui accepit
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Work

Death: A punishment to some to some a gift and to many a favor.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Death

There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Share

Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage or my house when I propose to take a residence so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Poetry

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.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Will

What must be shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles is little more than choice to him that struggles.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Choice

He who boasts of his descent praises the deeds of another.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Ancestors

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Diet

The appearances of things are deceptive. Fallaces sunt rerum species
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Appearance

Calamity is virtues opportunity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Calamities

He who seeks wisdom is a wise man; he who thinks he has found it is mad.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Dog

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

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Memory

It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Know

There is a noble manner of being poor and who does not know it will never be rich.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Potential

There is no power greater than true affection.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Affection

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of Ambition that it never looks behind it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Ambition

A good mind possesses a kingdom.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Intellect

A hungry people listens not to reason nor cares for justice nor is bent by any prayers.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Humor

There is nothing which persevering effort and unceasing and diligent care can not accomplish.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Accomplishment

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Alcohol

There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Genius

If wisdom were offered me with this restriction that I should keep it close and not communicate it I would refuse the gift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Wisdom

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Law

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

What with our hooks snares nets and dogs we are at war with all living creatures and nothing comes amiss but that which is either too cheap or too common; and all this is to gratify a fantastical palate.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Animals

Where silence is not allowed what then is permissible?
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Unsorted

The sun shines even on the wicked.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Sun

There is nothing so disagreeable that a patient mind cannot find some solace for it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Patience

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Eternity

Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Housework

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Desire

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Greatness

To see a man fearless in dangers. untainted with lusts happy in adversity composed in a tumult and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: God

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party: there is no battle unless there be two.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Quarrels

A great fortune is a great slavery.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Fortune

The hour which gives us life begins to take it away.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Birth

Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Adversity

We are mad not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Madness

It is proof of a bad cause when it is appluaded by the mob.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Mob

Not he who has little but he who wishes for more is poor.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Charity