Quotes by Seneca The Younger

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no one can be happy  quote by seneca the younger

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.

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true happiness is quote by seneca the younger

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

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war i abhor and yet quote by seneca the younger

War I abhor, and yet how sweet The sound along the marching street Of drum and fife, and I forget Wet eyes of widows, and forget Broken old mothers, and the whole Dark butchery without a soul.

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abstinence is easier quote by seneca the younger

Abstinence is easier than temperance.

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

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

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

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The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.

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

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Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged.

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

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

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Precepts are the rules by which we ought to square our lives. When they are contracted into sentences, they strike the affections; whereas admonition is only blowing of the coal.

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

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

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Calamity is virtue's opportunity.

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A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting, carefree happiness.

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What should a wise person do when given a blow? Same as Cato when he was attacked; not fire up or revenge the insult., or even return the blow, but simply ignore it.

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There are more people abusive to others than lie open to abuse themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.

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

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It's the admirer and the watcher who provoke us to all the inanities we commit.

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It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted.

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He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.

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The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.

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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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Don't stumble over something behind you.

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Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.

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Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.

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A benefit is estimated according to the mind of the giver.

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This body is not a home, but an inn; and that only for a short time.

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The wise man will not pardon any crime that ought to be punished, but he will accomplish, in a nobler way, all that is sought in pardoning. He will spare some and watch over some, because of their youth, and others on account of their ignorance. His clemency will not fall short of justice, but will fulfill it perfectly.

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This is the difference between us Romans and the Etruscans: We believe that lightning is caused by clouds colliding, whereas they believe that clouds collide in order to create lightning. Since they attribute everything to gods, they are led to believe not that events have a meaning because they have happened, but that they happen in order to express a meaning.

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A dwarf is small even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well.

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A crowd of fellow-sufferers is a miserable kind of comfort.

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There are many things akin to highest deity that are still obscure. Some may be too subtle for our powers of comprehension, others imperceptible to us because such exalted majesty conceals itself in the holiest part of its sanctuary, forbidding access to any power save that of the spirit. How many heavenly bodies revolve unseen by human eye!

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

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The whole discord of this world consists in discords.

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I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that which I ought to lead. I follow it at a mighty distance, crawling

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As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit

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See what daily exercise does for one.

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult

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The declaration of love may come sooner than expected. Take time before you reciprocate as this may simply be a statement of what they expect from you.

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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.

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To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.

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Disease is not of the body but of the place.

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

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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.

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Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

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Drunkenness is simply voluntary insanity.

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

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Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration.

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

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Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.

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Indolence is stagnation; employment is life.

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

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Epileptics know by signs when attacks are imminent and take precautions accordingly; we must do the same in regard to anger

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Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.

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Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.

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

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Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

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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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Prosperity asks for fidelity; adversity exacts it.

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Fidelity bought with money is overcome by money.

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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.

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Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed, or is ashamed of his success.

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Cling tooth and nail to the following rule: Not to give in to adversity, never to trust prosperity, and always to take full note of fortune's habit of behaving just as she pleases, treating her as if she were actually going to do everything it is in her power to do. Whatever you have been expecting for some time comes as less of a shock.

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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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Those who pass their lives in foreign travel find they contract many ties of hospitality, but form no friendships.

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He robs present ills of their power who has perceived their coming beforehand.

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

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Every one has time if he likes. Business runs after nobody: people cling to it of their own free will and think that to be busy is a proof of happiness.

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... frugality makes a poor man rich.

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The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed

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It is remarkable that Providence has given us all things for our advantage near at hand; but iron, gold, and silver, being both the instruments of blood and slaughter and the price of it, nature has hidden in the bowels of the earth.

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Life's neither a good nor an evil: it's a field for good and evil.

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

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Let him that hath done the good office conceal it; let him that received it disclose it.

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He that will do no good offices after a disappointment must stand still, and do just nothing at all. The plough goes on after a barren year; and while the ashes are yet warm, we raise a new house upon the ruins of a former.

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Pain, scorned by yonder gout-ridden wretch, endured by yonder dyspeptic in the midst of his dainties, borne bravely by the girl in travail. Slight thou art, if I can bear thee, short thou art if I cannot bear thee!

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Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

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A favor is to a grateful man delightful always; to an ungrateful man only once.

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He who has great power should use it lightly.

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He is not guilty who is not guilty of his own free will.

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Every guilty person is his own hangman.

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A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.

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...quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.

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One hand washes the other.

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He that by harshness of nature rules his family with an iron hand is as truly a tyrant as he who misgoverns a nation.

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Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.

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Fortune's not content with knocking a man down; she sends him spinning head over heels, crash upon crash.

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On entering a temple we assume all signs of reverence. How much more reverent then should we be before the heavenly bodies, the stars, the very nature of God!

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

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What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

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The best way to do good to ourselves is to do it to others; the right way to gather is to scatter.

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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.

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To lose a friend is the greatest of all evils, but endeavour rather to rejoice that you possessed him than to mourn his loss.

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Life is never incomplete if it is an honorable one. At whatever point you leave life, if you leave it in the right way, it is whole.

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He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.

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

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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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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.

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He is ungrateful who denies that he has received a kindness which has been bestowed upon him; he is ungrateful who conceals it; he is ungrateful who makes no return for it; most ungrateful of all is he who forgets it.

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Greed's worst point is its ingratitude.

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Injustice never rules forever.

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

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It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.

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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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He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing!

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

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We sought therefore to amend our will, and not to suffer it through despite to languish long time in error.

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Ignorance is the cause of fear.

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The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena or essentially Too late.

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No one is laughable who laughs at himself.

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

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Levity of behavior is the bane of all that is good and virtuous.

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What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.

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

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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

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Dead, we become the lumber of the world, And to that mass of matter shall be swept Where things destroyed with things unborn are kept.

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Who-only let him be a man and intent upon honor-is not eager for the honorable ordeal and prompt to assume perilous duties? To what energetic man is not idleness a punishment?

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Philosophy is the art and law of life, and it teaches us what to do in all cases, and, like good marksmen, to hit the white at any distance.

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

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Successful crime is dignified with the name of virtue; the good become the slaves of the wicked; might makes right; fear silences the power of the law.

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

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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.

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Modesty forbids what the law does not.

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

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We are members of one great body. Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.

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He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.

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Nemo tam divos habuit faventes, Crastinum ut possit sibi polliceri. Nobody has ever found the gods so much his friends that he can promise himself another day.

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The mind makes the nobleman, and uplifts the lowly to high degree.

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No one's so old that he mayn't with decency hope for one more day.

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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.

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The pleasures of the palate deal with us like Egyptian thieves who strangle those whom they embrace.

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With parsimony a little is sufficient; without it nothing is sufficient; but frugality makes a poor man rich.

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No one can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.

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Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.

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He is greedy of life who is not willing to die when the world is perishing around him.

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The philosopher: he alone knows how to live for himself. He is the one, in fact, who knows the fundamental thing: how to live.

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

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This life is only a prelude to eternity.

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It is only the surprise and newness of the thing which makes that misfortune terrible which by premeditation might be made easy to us. For that which some people make light by sufferance, others do by foresight.

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In war there is no prize for runner-up.

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If you don't know, ask. You will be a fool for the moment, but a wise man for the rest of your life.

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He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.

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

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Every reign must submit to a greater reign.

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The greatest chastisement that a man may receive who hath outraged another, is to have done the outrage; and there is no man who is so rudely punished as he that is subject to the whip of his own repentance.

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God never repents of what He has first resolved upon.

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Remove severe restraint and what will become of virtue?

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If wisdom were offered me with this restriction, that I should keep it close and not communicate it, I would refuse the gift.

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Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.

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The evil which assails us is not in the localities we inhabit but in ourselves. We lack strength to endure the least task, being incapable of suffering pain, powerless to enjoy pleasure, impatient with everything. How many invoke death when, after having tried every sort of change, they find themselves reverting to the same sensations, unable to discover any new experience.

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Throughout the whole of life one must continue to learn to live and what will amaze you even more, throughout life you must learn to die. Seneca (Roman philosopher)

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

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It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.

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Lightning will wreck its displeasures not only upon pillars, trees, and sheep, but upon altars and temples, and let the sacrilegious go free.

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

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If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it to yourself.

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Whatever has overstepped its due bounds is always in a state of instability.

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The worse a person is the less he feels it.

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If sensuality were happiness, beasts were happier than men; but human felicity is lodged in the soul, not in the flesh.

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Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.

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The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution

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There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness.

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Straightforwardness and simplicity are in keeping with goodness. The things that are essential are acquired with little bother; it is the luxuries that call for toil and effort. To want simply what is enough nowadays suggests to people primitiveness and squalor.

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To want simply what is enough nowadays suggests to people primitiveness and squalor.

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Whoever has nothing to hope, let him despair of nothing.

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A man who suffers or stresses before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary

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The swiftness of time is infinite, as is still more evident when we look back on the past.

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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.

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Our Creator shall continue to dwell above the sky, and that is where those on earth will end their thanksgiving.

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A coward calls himself cautious, a miser thrifty.

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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.

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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.

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Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.

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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.

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That poverty is no disaster is understood by everyone who has not yet succumbed to the madness of greed and luxury that turns everything topsy-turvy.

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No one can long hide behind a mask; the pretense soon lapses into the true character.

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

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It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.

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What you do for an ungrateful man is thrown away.

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He who comes to a conclusion when the other side is unheard, may have been just in his conclusion, but yet has not been just in his conduct.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am like a book, with pages that have stuck together for want of use: my mind needs unpacking and the truths stored within must be turned over from time to time, to be ready when occasion demands.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is better to have useless knowledge than to know nothing.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every change of place becomes a delight.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 shall I choose my death when I am about to depart from life.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

The wise man then followed a simple way of life-which is hardly surprising when you consider how even in this modern age he seeks to be as little encumbered as he possibly can.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

The wish for healing has always been half of health.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A consciousness of wrongdoing is the first step to salvation...you have to catch yourself doing it before you can correct it.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

...human nature is so constituted that insults sink deeper than kindnesses; the remembrance of the latter soon passes away, while that of the former is treasured in the memory...

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

...nothing is so entirely admirable as a man bravely wretched.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

...the geometrician teaches me how to work out the size of my estates rather than how to work out how much a man needs in order to have enough....You geometers can calculate the area of circles, can reduce any given shape to a square, can state the distances separating starts. Nothing's outside your scope when it comes to measurement. Well, if you're such an expert, measure a man's soul; tell me how large or how small that is. You can define a straight line; what use is that to you if you've no idea what straightness means in life?

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

[During difficult times and after mistakes and failures it is helpful to remember ...] Oftentimes calamity turns to our advantage and great ruins make way for greater glories.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A disease is farther on the road to being cured when it breaks forth from concealment and manifests its power.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A dwarf can stand on a mountain, he's no taller.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A foolishness is inflicted with a hatred of itself.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A friend always loves, but he who loves is not always a friend.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A good mind is a lord of a kingdom.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A good mind possesses a kingdom.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A good person dyes events with his own color . . . and turns whatever happens to his own benefit.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A great fortune is a great slavery.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A great mind becomes a great fortune.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A great step toward independence is a good-humoured stomach.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach, one that is willing to endure rough treatment.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A great, a good, and a right mind is a kind of divinity lodged in flesh, and may be the blessing of a slave as well as of a prince: it came from heaven, and to heaven it must return; and it is a kind of heavenly felicity, which a pure and virtuous mind enjoys, in some degree, even upon earth.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A hated government does not long survive.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A hungry people listens not to reason, not cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A king is he who has laid fear aside and the base longings of an evil heart; whom ambition unrestrained and the fickle favor of the reckless mob move not.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A large library is apt to distract rather than to instruct the learner; it is much better to be confined to a few authors than to wander at random over many.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A lesson that is never learned can never be too often taught.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man afraid of death will never play the part of a live man.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man can refrain from wanting what he has not and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man who examines the saddle and bridle and not the animal itself when he is out to buy a horse is a fool; similarly, only an absolute fool values a man according to his clothes, or according to his position, which after all is only something we wear like clothing.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man who has taken your time recognises no debt; yet it is the one he can never repay.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man's ability cannot possibly be of one sort and his soul of another. If his soul be well-ordered, serious and restrained, his ability also is sound and sober. Conversely, when the one degenerates, the other is contaminated.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the study of so vast a subject. A time will come when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A thing seriously pursued affords true enjoyment.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A thousand approaches lie open to death.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A troubled countenance oft discloses much.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

A young man respects and looks up to his teachers.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Accustom yourself to that which you bear ill, and you will bear it well.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Adversity finds at last the man whom she has often passed by.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

After death there is nothing.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

All art is but imitation of nature.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

All cruelty springs from weakness.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

All I desire is, that my poverty may not be a burden to myself, or make me so to others; and that is the best state of fortune that is neither directly necessitous nor far from it. A mediocrity of fortune, with gentleness of mind, will preserve us from fear or envy; which is a desirable condition; for no man wants power to do mischief.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

All my life I have been seeking to climb out of the pit of my besetting sins and I cannot do it and I never will unless a hand is let down to draw me up.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

All that lies betwixt the cradle and the grave is uncertain.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

All things are cause for either laughter or weeping.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

All we see and admire today will burn in the universal fire that ushers in a new, just, happy world.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Although a man has so well purged his mind that nothing can trouble or deceive him any more, yet he reached his present innocence through sin.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

An age builds up cities: an hour destroys them.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

An old man at school is a contemptible and ridiculous object.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

An unpopular rule is never long maintained.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Anger is like a ruin, which, in falling upon its victim, breaks itself to pieces.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Anger, though concealed, is betrayed by the countenance. ?That anger is not warrantable which hath seen two suns.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Anyone can stop a man's life, but no one his death; a thousand doors open on to it.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Apples taste sweetest when they're going.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As fate is inexorable, and not to be moved either with tears or reproaches, an excess of sorrow is as foolish as profuse laughter; while, on the other hand, not to mourn at all is insensibility.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As gratitude is a necessary, and a glorious virtue, so also it is an obvious, a cheap, and an easy one; so obvious that wherever there is life there is a place for it; so cheap, that the covetous man may be gratified without expense, and so easy that the sluggard may be so likewise without labor.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As long as we are among humans, let us be humane.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As long as you live, learn how to live.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As Lucretius says: 'Thus ever from himself doth each man flee.' But what does he gain if he does not escape from himself? He ever follows himself and weighs upon himself as his own most burdensome companion. And so we ought to understand that what we struggle with is the fault, not of the places, but of ourselves

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As many servants so many enemies.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As the mother's womb holds us for ten months, making us ready, not for the womb itself, but for life, just so, through our lives, we are making ourselves ready for another birth...Therefore look forward without fear to that appointed hour- the last hour of the body, but not of the soul...That day, which you fear as being the end of all things, is the birthday of your eternity.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As the world leads we follow.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

As was his language so was his life.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Away with the world's opinion of you-it's always unsettled and divided.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be harsh with yourself at times.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Bear in mind that you commit a crime by injuring even a wicked brother.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Beauty is such a fleeting blossom, how can wisdom rely upon its momentary delight?

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Before old age I took care to live well; in old age I take care to die well; but to die well is to die willingly.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Behold a contest worthy of a god, a brave man matched in conflict with adversity.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Brother, the Great Spirit has made us all. . . . .

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

But it is a pretty thing to see what money will do!

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

But when you are looking on anyone as a friend when you do not trust him as you trust yourself, you are making a grave mistake, and have failed to grasp sufficiently the full force of true friendship.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Cato, being scurrilously treated by a low and vicious fellow, quietly said to him, "A contest between us is very unequal, for thou canst bear ill language with ease, and return it with pleasure; but to me it is unusual to hear, and disagreeable to speak it." There are none more abusive to others than they that lie most open to it themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Certain laws have not been written, but they are more fixed than all the written laws.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Chance makes a plaything of a man's life.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Choose as a guide one whom you will admire more when you see him act than when you hear him speak.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Concealed anger is to be feared; but hatred openly manifested destroys its chance of revenge.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Consider an enemy may become a friend.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Corporeal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Crime oft recoils upon the author's head.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Crime requires further crime to conceal it.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death either destroys or unhusks us. If it means liberation, better things await us when our burden s gone: if destruction, nothing at all awaits us; blessings and curses are abolished.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death falls heavily on that man who, known too well to others, dies in ignorance of himself.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death is a punishment to some, to others a gift and to many a favour.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death is a release from and an end of all pains.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death is sometimes a punishment, often a gift; to many it has been a favor.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death takes us piecemeal, not at a gulp.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death: There's nothing bad about it at all except the thing that comes before it-the fear of it.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Death's the discharge of our debt of sorrow.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Delay not; swift the flight of fortune's greatest favours.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Demand not that I am the equal of the greatest, only that I am better than the wicked.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Democracy is more cruel than wars or tyrants.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Desultory reading is delightful, but to be beneficial, our reading must be carefully directed.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Dignity increases more easily than it begins.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. -Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Dissembling profiteth nothing; a feigned countenance, and slightly forged externally, deceiveth but very few.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Do everything as in the eye of another.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Do not grudge your brother his rest. He has at last become free, safe and immortal, and ranges joyous through the boundless heavens; he has left this low-lying region and has soared upwards to that place which receives in its happy bosom the souls set free from the chains of matter. Your brother has not lost the light of day, but has obtained a more enduring light. He has not left us, but has gone on before.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Do the best you can . . . enjoy the present . . . rest satisfied with what you have.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Do what you should, not what you may.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Do you desire not to be angry? Be not inquisitive. He who inquires what is said of him only works out his own misery.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Drunkenness does not create vice; it merely brings it into view.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Drunkenness doesn't create vices, but it brings them to the fore.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Economy is in itself a great source of revenue.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Economy is too late when you are at the bottom of your purse.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Elegance is not an ornament worthy of man.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Epicurus says that you should rather have regard to the company with whom you eat and drink, than to what you eat and drink.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Epicurus says, "gratitude is a virtue that has commonly profit annexed to it." And where is the virtue that has not? But still the virtue is to be valued for itself, and not for the profit that attends it.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Eternal law has arranged nothing better than this, that it has given us one way in to life, but many ways out.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every day, therefore, should be regulated as if it were the one that brings up the rear, the one that rounds out and completes our lives.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every journey has an end.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everyone rushes his life on, and suffers from a yearning for the future and a boredom with the present. But that man who devotes every hour to his own needs, who plans every day as if it were his last, neither longs for nor fears tomorrow.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everything hangs on one's thinking.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everything in art is but a copy of nature.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everything may happen.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Expediency often silences justice.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Extreme remedies are never the first to be resorted to.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Familiarity reduces the greatness of things.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fate rules the affairs of men, with no recognizable order.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fear drives the wretched to prayer

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Finally, everybody agrees that no one pursuit can be successfully followed by a man who is preoccupied with many things-eloquence cannot, nor the liberal studies-since the mind, when distracted, takes in nothing very deeply, but rejects everything that is, as it were, crammed into it. There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: there is nothing that is harder to learn.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Find a path or make one.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fine conduct is always spontaneous.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fire proves gold, adversity proves men.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

For greed, all nature is too little.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

For men in a state of freedom had thatch for their shelter, while slavery dwells beneath marble and gold.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

For what else is Nature but God and the Divine Reason that pervades the whole universe and all its parts.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Forgive that you may be forgiven.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fortune can take away riches, but not courage....

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fortune dreads the brave, and is only terrible to the coward.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fortune may rob us of our wealth, not of our courage.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Four things does a reckless man gain who covets his neighbor's wife - demerit, an uncomfortable bed, thirdly, punishment, and lastly, hell.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Freedom can't be bought for nothing. If you hold her precious, you must hold all else of little worth.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Freedom can't be kept for nothing. If you set a high value on liberty, you must set a low value on everything else.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Freedom is not being a slave to any circumstance, to any constraint, to any chance; it means compelling Fortune to enter the lists on equal terms.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Full of men, vacant of friends.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Genius has never been accepted without a measure of condonement.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Go on and increase in valor, O boy! this is the path to immortality.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

God has given some gifts to the whole human race, from which no one is excluded.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

God has not revealed all things to man and has entrusted us with but a fragment of His mighty work. But He who directs all things, who has established and laid the foundation of the world, who has clothed Himself with Creation, He is greater and better than that which He has wrought. Hidden from our eyes, He can only be reached by the spirit.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

God is near you, is with you, is inside you.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Golden roofs break men's rest.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

Good sides to adversity are best admired at a distance.

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Seneca the Younger (Source: SoberSides.com)