Seneca Quotes

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a.k.a. Seneca the Younger was a Roman Stoic philosopher and contemporary to Jesus Christ.

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“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”

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“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.”

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“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…”

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“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.”

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“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”

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“We should love all our dear ones… but always with the thought that we have no promise that we may keep them forever—nay, no promise even that we may keep them for long.”

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“What does reason demand of a man? A very easy thing--to live in accord with his nature.”

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

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“You are scared of dying — and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different than being dead?”

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“You should be extending your stay among writers whose genius is unquestionable, deriving constant nourishment from them if you wish to gain anything from your reading that will find a lasting place in your mind.”

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

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

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“All art is an imitation of nature.”

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“All cruelty springs from weakness.”

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“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.”

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

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“My intentions were good and that's what counts.”

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

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

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

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“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.”

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“Count each day as a separate life.”

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

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“Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”

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

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“Even while they teach, men learn.”

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

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

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

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“He who is brave is free.”

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“He who spares the wicked injures the good.”

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“Integrity is a powerful word that derives from a specific concept. It describes a person who is integrated, blended into a whole, as opposed to a person of many parts, many faces, many disconnects. The word relates to the ancients' distinction between living and living well.

Contrary to popular thought, a person of integrity is typically easygoing with a sense of humor. He knows himself, reflects a definite and thoughtful set of preferences and aspirations, and is thus reliable. Knowing he is whole, he is not preoccupied with riding the rest of continual anxiety but is free to ride the crest of delight with life!”

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