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

Wherever the speech is corrupted the mind is also.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for crisis.

Whether we believe the Greek poet, "it is sometimes even pleasant to be mad", or Plato, "he who is master of himself has knocked in vain at the doors of poetry"; or Aristotle, "no great genius was without a mixture of insanity"; the mind cannot express anything lofty and above the ordinary unless inspired. When it despises the common and the customary, and with sacred inspiration rises higher, then at length it sings something grander than that which can come from mortal lips. It cannot attain anything sublime and lofty so long as it is sane: it must depart from the customary, swing itself aloft, take the bit in its teeth, carry away its rider and bear him to a height whither he would have feared to ascend alone.

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.

Where silence is not allowed, what then is permissible?

Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also.

Whereas a prolonged life is not necessarily better, a prolonged death is necessarily worse.

When you see a man in distress, recognize him as a fellow man.

When Zeno received news of a shipwreck and heard that all his luggage had been sunk he said, Fortune bids me to be a less encumbered philosopher.

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.

Whenever you see a fellow-creature in trouble, remember that he is a man.

Where fear is, happiness is not.

Where reason fails, time oft has worked a cure.

When God has once begun to throw down the prosperous, He overthrows them altogether: such is the end of the mighty.

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.

When modesty has once perished, it will never revive.

When once ambition has passed its natural limits, its progress is boundless.

When one has lost a friend one's eyes should be neither dry nor streaming. Tears, yes, there should be, but not lamentation.

When thou hast profited so much that thou respectest even thyself, thou mayst let go thy tutor.

When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.

When we have done everything within our power, we shall possess a great deal: but we once possessed the world.

When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?

Whatsoever has exceeded its proper limit is in an unstable position.

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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