Facts about Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Summary

Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a famous Statesman from Rome, who lived between 5 BC and 65 AC.

Biography

He was a Roman philosopher, dramatist, scientist, statesman and as a stoic one of the most read writers of his time. His speeches have made him known to have been lost. From year 49 onwards he was the principal tutor of the future Emperor Nero. To prepare them for their future tasks, he wrote a memoir about why it was wise to exercise clemency as a ruler (de clementia). In year 55 he held a Suffektkonsulat. Seneca's efforts to counteract Nero's debauched selfish temper, but was not granted permanent success.

Accused by the emperor of involvement in the conspiracy Pisonian, and he was ordered to commit suicide. This order came after Seneca without hesitation.

Our collection contains 126 quotes who is written / told by Lucius, under the main topics: Anger, Art, Birthday, Death, Health.

Related authors: Seneca

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_the_Younger

Famous quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (126)


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"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials"
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"A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer"
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"A great fortune is a great slavery"
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"A great mind becomes a great fortune"
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"A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature"
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"A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts"
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"A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners"
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"A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary"
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"A man's as miserable as he thinks he is"
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"A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand"
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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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"A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor"
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"A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two"
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"A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand"
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"A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty"
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"All art is but imitation of nature"
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"All cruelty springs from weakness"
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"Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall"
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"Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it"
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"Anger: 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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"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters"
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"As long as you live, keep learning how to live"
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"Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk"
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"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"
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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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"Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war"
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"Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God"
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"Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute"
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"Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them"
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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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"Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism"
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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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"Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today"
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"For greed all nature is too little"
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"For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them"
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"Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last"
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"God is the universal substance in existing things. He comprises all things. He is the fountain of all being. In Him exists everything that is"
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"Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself"
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"He has committed the crime who profits by it"
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"He that does good to another does good also to himself"
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"If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind"
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"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable"
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"If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail"
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"If you judge, investigate"
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"The wish for healing has always been half of health"
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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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"There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich"
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"There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it"
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"There is no delight in owning anything unshared"
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"There is no great genius without some touch of madness"
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"There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse"
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"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"
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"There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage"
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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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"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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"What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more"
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"What is true belongs to me!"
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"What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat"
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"Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down"
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"Whatever is well said by another, is mine"
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"Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart"
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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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"When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people"
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"If you wished to be loved, love"
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"If you would judge, understand"
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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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"In war there is no prize for runner-up"
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"In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory"
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"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness"
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"It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin"
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"It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult"
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"Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands"
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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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"Life is warfare"
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"Life, if well lived, is long enough"
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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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"Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb"
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"Love in its essence is spiritual fire"
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"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity"
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"Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing"
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"Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly"
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"Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes"
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"Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself"
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"One crime has to be concealed by another"
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"One must steer, not talk"
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"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood"
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"Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough"
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"Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind"
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"Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things"
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"Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody"
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"Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue"
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"That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned"
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"That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty"
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"The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave"
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"The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth"
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"The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity"
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"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity"
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"The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger"
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"The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company"
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"The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns"
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"Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got"
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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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"True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong"
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"We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right"
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"Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all"
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"Do everything as in the eye of another"
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"True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future"
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"While we are postponing, life speeds by"
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"Crime when it succeeds is called virtue"
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"Every reign must submit to a greater reign"
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"He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule"
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"Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it"
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"I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives"
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"See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse"
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"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage"
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"The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it"
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"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?"
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"So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you"
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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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"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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"The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable"
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"Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?"
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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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"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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"No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline"
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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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