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

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

When a man desires to burst forth and take his departure, nothing stands in his way. It is an open space in which Nature guards us. When our plight is such as to permit it, we may look about us for an easy exit. If you have many opportunities ready to hand, by means of which you may liberate yourself, you may make a selection and think over the best way of gaining freedom; but if a chance is hard to find, instead of the best, snatch the next best, even though it be something unheard of, something new. If you do not lack the courage, you will not lack the cleverness, to die. See how even the lowest class of slave, when suffering goads him on, is aroused and discovers a way to deceive even the most watchful guards! He is truly great who not only has given himself the order to die, but has also found the means.

When a mind is impressionable and has none too firm a hold on what is right, it must be rescued from the crowd: it is so easy for it to go over to the majority.

When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.

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 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.

What once were vices, are now the manners of the day.

What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.

What is death? or as the end or transition.

What really ruins our character is the fact that none of us looks back over his life.

What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water?

What reason could not avoid, has often been cured by delay.

What is more insane than to vent on senseless things the anger that is felt towards men?

What should a wise person do when given a blow? Same as Cato when he was attacked; not fire up or revenge the insult., or even return the blow, but simply ignore it.

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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