Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca
c. 5 B.C.
65 A.D.

Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Dramatist, Humorist, Tutor and Advisor to Emperor Nero

Author Quotes

Why do you ask, how long has he lived? He has lived to posterity.

Why does no man confess his vices? Because he is yet in them; it is for a waking man to tell his dream.

Why is there no man who confesses his vices? It is because he has not yet laid them aside. It is a waking man only who can tell his dreams.

Why 'liberal studies' are so called is obvious: it is because they are the ones considered worthy of free men. But there is really only one liberal study that deserves the name - because it makes a person free - and that is the pursuit of wisdom.

Why not stop trying to prevent posterity being silent about you? You were born to die, and a silent funeral is less bothersome.

Who shrinks from knowledge of his calamities but aggravates his fear; troubles half seen do torture all the more.

Who vaunts his race, lauds what belongs to others.

Whoever has nothing to hope, let him despair of nothing.

Whom they have injured they also hate.

Who-only let him be a man and intent upon honor-is not eager for the honorable ordeal and prompt to assume perilous duties? To what energetic man is not idleness a punishment?

Who is everywhere, it is nowhere.

Who profits by a sin has done the sin.

Who scorns his own life is lord of yours.

While you teach, you learn.

Who benefits from the crime is the perpetrator.

Who can be forced has not learned how to die.

Who can doubt, my dear Lucilius, that life is the gift of the immortal gods, but that living well1 is the gift of philosophy?

Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing.

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

While we teach, we learn.

While we wait for life, life passes.

While you are beginning to call your mind your own, meantime apply this maxim of the wise: consider that it is more important who receives a thing, than what it is he receives.

While you look at what is given, look also at the giver.

Wherever men on an equal basis to the sky went up after them, at equal intervals all the divine from all human Distant - From whatever point on the Earth's surface you look up to heaven the same distance lies between the realms of gods and men

Wherever the speech is corrupted the mind is also.

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First Name
Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Birth Date
c. 5 B.C.
Death Date
65 A.D.
Bio

Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Dramatist, Humorist, Tutor and Advisor to Emperor Nero