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 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.

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.

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 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.

What then? Shall I not follow in the footsteps of my predecessors? I shall indeed use the old road, but if I find one that makes a shorter cut and is smoother to travel, I shall open the new road. Men who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides. Truth lies open for all; it has not yet been monopolized. And there is plenty of it left even for posterity to discover.

What madness is it for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.

What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understand that he is dying daily? For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed. Whatever years lie behind us are in death?s hands.

What were once vices are the fashion of the day.

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.

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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