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

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.

What-so-ever the mind has ordained for itself, it has achieved.

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.

Whatever has overstepped its due bounds is always in a state of instability.

Whatever is to make us better and happy God has placed either openly before us or close to us.

Whatever is well said by another, is mine.

Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.

Whatever we give to the wretched, we lend to fortune.

Whatever years be behind us are in death's hands.

What's the good of dragging up sufferings which are over, of being unhappy now just because you were then.

What's the use of overcoming opponent after opponent in the wrestling or boxing rings if you can be overcome by your temper?

What must be shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles, is little more than choice to him that is willing.

What were vices have become the fashion of the day.

What narrow innocence it is for one to be good only according to the law.

What you do for an ungrateful man is thrown away.

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.

What, then, is it which makes us lazy and sluggish? None of us reflects that someday he must depart from this house of life; just so old tenants are kept from moving by fondness for a particular place and by custom, even in spite of ill-treatment. Would you be free from the restraint of your body? Live in it as if you were about to leave it. Keep thinking of the fact that some day you will be deprived of this tenure; then you will be more brave against the necessity of departing. But how will a man take thought of his own end, if he craves all things without end? And yet there is nothing so essential for us to consider. For our training in other things is perhaps superfluous. Our souls have been made ready to meet poverty; but our riches have held out. We have armed ourselves to scorn pain; but we have had the good fortune to possess sound and healthy bodies, and so have never been forced to put this virtue to the test. We have taught ourselves to endure bravely the loss of those we love; but Fortune has preserved to us all whom we loved. It is in this one matter only that the day will come which will require us to test our training.

What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.

Whatever begins, also ends.

What new thing then is it for a man to die, whose whole life is nothing else but a journey to death?

Whatever can happen at any time can happen today.

What once were vices are manners now.

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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.

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