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

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.

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?

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.

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.

What is the most difficult to get rid of self-anger after paying him.

What then is good? The knowledge of things. What is evil? The lack of knowledge of things. Your wise man, who is also a craftsman, will reject or choose in each case as it suits the occasion; but he does not fear that which he rejects, nor does he admire that which he chooses, if only he has a stout and unconquerable soul.

What is true belongs to me!

What then? If such a spirit is possessed by abandoned and dangerous men, shall it not be possessed also by those who have trained themselves to meet such contingencies by long meditation, and by reason, the mistress of all things? It is reason which teaches us that fate has various ways of approach, but the same end, and that it makes no difference at what point the inevitable event begins. Reason, too, advises us to die, if we may, according to our taste; if this cannot be, she advises us to die according to our ability, and to seize upon whatever means shall offer itself for doing violence to ourselves. It is criminal to ?live by robbery?; but, on the other hand, it is most noble to ?die by robbery.? Farewell.

What is wisdom? Always desiring the same things, and always refusing the same things.

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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