Seneca Quotes


Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
The sun shines even on the wicked.
Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.
Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
If you wished to be loved, love.
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.
He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.
If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
He that does good to another, does good also to himself, not only in the consequences, but in the act; for the consciousness of well-doing is, in itself, ample reward.
To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.
While we are postponing, life speeds by.
If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.
Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.
Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.
That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this--that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.
The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Let us be brave in the face of adversity.
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man. It is more powerful than external circumstances.
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When you don't know what harbor you're aiming for, no wind is the right wind.
There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.
Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power.
We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing.
Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
Even if it is to be, what end do you serve by running to distress?
Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.
Where the fear is, happiness is not.
You cease to be afraid when you cease to hope; for hope is accompanies by fear.
We are more often frightened than hurt; we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster.
There is no genius without a mixture of madness.

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