Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes & Wallpapers


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No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Wouldst thou subject all things to thyself? Subject thyself to reason. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who has wronged you is either stronger or weaker than yourself: be he weaker, spare him; be he stronger, then spare yourself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

We are born to lose and to perish, to hope and to fear, to vex ourselves and others; and there is no antidote against a common calamity but virtue; for the foundation of true joy is in the conscience. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Misfortunes, in fine, cannot be avoided; but they may be sweetened, if not overcome, and our lives made happy by philosophy. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

What a vile and abject thing is man if he do not raise himself above humanity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Virtue is shut out from no one; she is open to all, accepts all, invites all, gentlemen, freedmen, slaves, kings, and exiles; she selects neither house nor fortune; she is satisfied with a human being without adjuncts. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

No one has had gods so favourable to him that he can promise himself a morrow. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We are as answerable for what we give as for what we receive; nay, the misplacing of a benefit is worse than the not receiving of it; for the one is another person's fault, but the other is mine. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We are sure to get the better of fortune if we do but grapple with her. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The road by precepts is tedious, by example, short and efficacious. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He that makes himself famous by his eloquence, justice or arms illustrates his extraction, let it be never so mean; and gives inestimable reputation to his parents. We should never have heard of Sophroniscus, but for his son, Socrates; nor of Ariosto and Gryllus, if it had not been for Xenophon and Plato. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

An old man in his rudiments is a disgraceful object. It is for youth to acquire, and for age to apply. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Worse than war is the very fear of war. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For love of bustle is not industry - it is only the restlessness of a hunted mind. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A great pilot can sail even when his canvas is rent. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If any one is angry with you, meet his anger by returning benefits for it: a quarrel which is only taken up on one side falls to the ground: it takes two men to fight. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

He will be the slave of many masters who is his body's slave. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Nothing is so false as human life, nothing so treacherous. God knows no one would have accepted it as a gift, if it had not been given without our knowledge. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No one loves his country for its size or eminence, but because it's his own. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The entire world would perish, if pity were not to limit anger. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There's some end at last for the man who follows a path: mere rambling is interminable. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

You can tell every man's character when you see how they receive praise. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

You cease to be afraid when you cease to hope; for hope is accompanied by fear. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No man was ever wise by chance. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who has made a fair compact with poverty is rich. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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? Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

One must steer, not talk. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Those whom true love has held, it will go on holding. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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! Lucius Annaeus Seneca

So enjoy present pleasures as to not mar those to come. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Virtue depends partly upon training and partly upon practice; you must learn first, and then strengthen your learning by action. If this be true, not only do the doctrines of wisdom help us but the precepts also, which check and banish our emotions by a sort of official decree. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is a shameful and unseemly thing to think one thing and to speak another, but how odious to write one thing and to think another. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

It is the constant fault and inseparable ill quality of ambition never to look behind it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The mind is the master over every kind of fortune: itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

That is the utterance of the greatest of physicians, that life is short and art long. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is equally a fault to believe all men or to believe none. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All things are to be hoped by a man as long as he is alive. (A very effeminate saying.) Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In the great inconstancy and crowd of events, nothing is certain except the past. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Let him who has granted a favour speak not of it; let him who has received one, proclaim it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The greatest man is he who chooses right with the most invincible resolution. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Remember, not one penny can we take with us into the unknown land. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca



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