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 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.

Why should I fear any of my mistakes, when I can say: ?See that you no longer act in this way. Now I forgive you.?

Why will no man confess his faults? Because he continues to indulge in them; a man cannot tell his dream till he wakes.

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

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.

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 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.

While crime is punished it yet increases.

While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.

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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