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Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes (179)

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
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A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
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A great fortune is a great slavery.
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A great mind becomes a great fortune.
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A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
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A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
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A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
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A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
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A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
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A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
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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.
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A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.
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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
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A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
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All art is but imitation of nature.
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All cruelty springs from weakness.
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Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.
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Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
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Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
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As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
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As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
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Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
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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.
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Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
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Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
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Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
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Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.
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Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
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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.
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Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
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Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
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Do everything as in the eye of another.
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Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.
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Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.
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Every guilty person is his own hangman.
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Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
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Every reign must submit to a greater reign.
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Every sin is the result of a collaboration.
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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.
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Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
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Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.
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For greed all nature is too little.
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For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.
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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.
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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.
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Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
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He has committed the crime who profits by it.
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He that does good to another does good also to himself.
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He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.
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He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.
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He who has great power should use it lightly.
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He who is brave is free.
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Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.
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I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair.
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I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives.
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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.
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I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
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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?
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If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
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If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
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If you judge, investigate.
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If you wished to be loved, love.
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If you would judge, understand.
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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.
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In war there is no prize for runner-up.
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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.
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It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
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