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125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

It is not that we have so little time but that we love so much … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.

Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms – you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.

To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.

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

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

We learnt not in the school but in life.

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

They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

Leisure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.

Only time can heal what reason cannot.

Timendi causa est nescire – Ignorance is the cause of fear.

He who is brave is free.

The sun also shines on the wicked.

He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.

Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.

If anyone says that the best life of all the sea, and than adds that I must not sail upon a sea where shipwrecks are a common occurrence and there are often sudden storms that sweep the helmsman in an adverse direction, I conclude that this man, although that he lauds navigation, really forbids me to launch my ship.

Most powerful is he who has himself in his power.

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

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

Fate leads the willing and drags along the reluctant.

You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.

No man was ever wise by chance.

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

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

Life is like a play: It’s not the length, But the excellence of the acting that matters.

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

Non est ad Astra mollis a terris via – There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.

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

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

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

All cruelty springs from weakness.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Luck is what happens when preparations meets opportunity.

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

We suffer more often in imagination than reality.

While we teach we learn.

True happiness is to understand our duties God and man: to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have which is abundantly sufficient.

To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

Everyone prefers belief to the exercise of judgement.

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

We cease to be so angry once we cease to be so hopeful.

It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example.

The best ideas are common property.

Auditur et altera pars. (The other side shall be heard as well).

Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. the greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow, and losses today. you are arranging what lies in fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours. what are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainly: live immediately.

What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water?

The time will come when diligent research over periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden… Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memories of us will have been effaced. our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has something for every age to investigate. Nature does not reveal her mystries once and for all.

We are mad, not only individually but nationally. We check man laughter and isolated murders, but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?

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

We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought everyday to the shrift.
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

It does not matter how many books you have, But how good the books are which you have.

Beyond all things is the sea.

Men whose spirit has grown arrogant from the great favor of fortune have this most serious fault-those whom they have enjoyed they also hate.

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

wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for crisis.

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

Throw aside all hindrances and give up your time to attaining a sound mind.

Light griefs are loquacious, but the great are dumb.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

And what’s so bad about your being deprived of that?… All things seem unbearable to people who have become spoilt, who have become soft through a life of luxury. ailing more in the mind than they ever are in the body.

The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.

The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death: it merely of itself completes the death -process. we reach death at the moment, but we have been a long time on the way.

If we could satisfied with any thing, we should have been satisfied long ago.

Gold test with fire, woman with gold, man with woman.

While the fates permit, live happily, life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.

Do not run hither and thither and distract yourself by changing your abode, for such restlessness is the sign of a disordered spirit.

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 a fever. just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient; and looking upon them only as sick and extravagant.

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity.

Because thou writest me often, I think thee… Never do I receive a letter from thee, but immediately we are together.

No good thing renders it possessor happy, unless his mind is reconciled to the possibility of loss; nothing, however, is lost with less discomfort than that which, when lost, cannot be missed.

Life, if you know how to use it, is long; but… many, following no fixed aim, shifting and… dissatisfied, are plunged by their fickleness into plans that are ever new; some have no fixed principle by which to direct their course.

We are indeed apt ascribe certain faults to the place or to the time; but those faults will follow us, no matter how we change our place.

How many are quite unworthy to see the light, and yet the day dawns.

No prize fighter can go with high spirits into the strife if he has never been beaten black and blue; the only contestant who can confidently enter the lists is the man who has his own blood, who has felt his teeth rattle beneath his opponent’s first, who has been tripped and felt the full force of his adversary’s charge, who has been downed in bloody but not it spirit, one who has often as he falls, rises again with greater defiance than ever.

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

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

Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.

I know that these mental disturbances of mine are not dangerous and give no promise of a storm; to express what I complain of in apt metaphor, I am distressed, not by a tempest, but by sea-sickness.

It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.

The great blessing of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.

The highest good is a mind that scorns the happenings of chance, and rejoices only in virtue.

Why do I not rather seek some real good – one which I could feel, not one which I could display? These things that draw the eyes of men, before which they halt, which they show to one another in wonder, outwardly glitter, but are worthless within.

For manliness gains much strenght by being challenged.

He who spares the wicked injures the good.

It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity

There is no genius without a touch of madness.

I have learned to be a friend to myself great improvement this indeed such a one can never be said to be alone for know that he who is a friend to himself is a friend to all mankind.

It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.
One hand washes the other.

Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.

It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

As often as I have been amongst men, I have returned less a man.

It is our conscience, not our pride, that has put doorkeepers at our doors.

we are members of one great body, planted by nature… we must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.

Injustice never rules forever.

The day which we fear is out last is both the birthday of eternity.
fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.

That you would not anticipate misery since the evils you dread as coming upon you may perhaps never reach you at least they are not yet come thus some things torture us more than they ought, some before they ought never to torture us at all. We heighten our pain either by presupposing a cause or anticipation.

I am loath a call clemency what was, rather, the exhaustion of cruelty.

The part of life we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

While we wait for life, life passes.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

Religion is regraded by the ignorant as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

Men do not care how nobly they live, but only for how long, although it is within the reach of every men to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.

For we are not summoned according to the paristi register and besides there is no man so old as to make it sinful to except another day. Now every day is another step in life.

It is the sign of the week mind to be unable to bear wealth.

He will live ill who does not know how to die well.

Love of bustle is not industry.

I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.

125 Most Popular Seneca Quotes of All Time

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

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

We deceive ourselves in thinking that death only follows life whereas it both goes before and will follow after it for where is the difference in not beginning or ceasing to exist the effect of both is not to be.

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