Seneca Quotes


Best 62 Quotes by Seneca – Page 1 of 3

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

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

“All art is an imitation of nature.”

“All cruelty springs from weakness.”

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

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

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

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

“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”

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

“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.”

“Count each day as a separate life.”

“Difficulties strengthen the mind as labor does the body.”

“Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”

“Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.”

“Even while they teach, men learn.”

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“To accept injury without a spirit of savage resentment-to show ourselves merciful toward those who wrong us-being a source of good hope to them-is characteristic of a benevolent and civilized way of life.”

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

“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”

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

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

“He who is brave is free.”

“He who spares the wicked injures the good.”

“How late it is to begin really to live just when life must end!

How stupid to forget our mortality, and put off sensible plans to our fiftieth and sixtieth years, aiming to begin life from a point at which few have arrived!”

“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent. No one can ever know what you arre capable of, not even you.”

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

“I will keep constant watch over myself and – most usefully – will put each day up for review… Let us balance life’s books each day…”

“I will sail across the ocean, if nothing prevents me.”

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

“If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according what others think, you will never be rich.”

“If you wished to be loved, love.”

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“Death is the separation of soul from body.”

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