Who the heck is Seneca?

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

Books by Seneca

Quotes by Seneca

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

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

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

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“If you wished to be loved, love.”

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“It is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it.”

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

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“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

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“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”

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“It is of course better to know useless things than to know nothing.”

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“It is quality rather than quantity that matters.”

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“It's not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.”

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“Life is long, if you know how to use it.”

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

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“No man is more unhappy that he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.”

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“No man was ever wise by chance.”

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“Only time can heal what reason cannot.”

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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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“Show me that the good in life does not depend upon life’s length, but upon the use we make of it; also, that it is possible, or rather usual, for a man who has lived long to have lived too little.”

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“The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.”

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“The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.”

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

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“There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.”

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“There is no genius without a touch of madness.”

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“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”

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“Virtue is nothing else than right reason.”

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“We learn not in the school, but in life.”

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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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“Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.”

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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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“Where fear is... happiness is not.”

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“While we wait for life, life passes.”

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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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