Quotation Explorer - 'Seneca'

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty. - Seneca
There are more things likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more in our imagination than in reality. - Seneca
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour the body. - Seneca
There is nothing so bitter that a patient mind cannot find some solace in it. - Seneca
It better befits a man to laugh than to lament over it. - Seneca
No one can wear a mask for very long. - Seneca
What does reason demand of a man? A very easy thing--to live in accord with his nature. - Seneca
Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable. - Seneca
The willing, Destiny guides them. The unwilling, Destiny drags them. - Seneca
It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and--what will perhaps make you wonder more--it takes the whole of life to learn how to die. - Seneca
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. - Seneca
Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it. - Seneca
There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness. - Seneca
He who is brave is free - Seneca
It is a youthful failing to be unable to control one's impulses. - Seneca
While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned. - Seneca
We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. - Seneca
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. - Seneca
truth never perishes (Veritas numquam perit) - seneca
Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony. - Seneca
While we are postponing, life speeds by. - Seneca
Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance. - Seneca
Love sometimes injures. Friendship always benefits, After friendship is formed you must trust, but before that you must judge. - Seneca
We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? - Seneca
We are born under circumstances that would be favorable if we did not abandon them. It was nature's intention that there should be no need of great equipment for a good life: every individual can make himself happy. - Seneca
The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death; it merely of itself completes the death-process. We reach death at that moment, but we have been a long time on the way. - Seneca
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. - Seneca
Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long. - Seneca
Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool. - Seneca
An unpopular rule is never long maintained. - Seneca
f you wish to put off all worry, assume that what you fear may happen is certainly going to happen. - Seneca
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. - Seneca
He will live ill who does not know how to die well. - Seneca
Speech is the mirror of the mind. (Imago Animi Sermo Est) - Seneca
Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy. - Seneca
Unjust dominion cannot be eternal. - Seneca
Desultory reading is delightful, but to be beneficial, our reading must be carefully directed. - Seneca
Pain is slight if opinion has added nothing to it; ... in thinking it slight, you will make it slight. Everything depends on opinion. It is according to opinion that we suffer. A man is as wretched as he has convinced himself that he is. - Seneca
What once were vices are manners now. - Seneca
Aequat omnes cinis - Seneca
The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual. - Seneca
Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received. - Seneca
Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate. - Seneca
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. - Seneca
How silly then to imagine that the human mind, which is formed of the same elements as divine beings, objects to movement and change of abode, while the divine nature finds delight and even self-preservation in continual and very rapid change. - Seneca
If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living. - Seneca
"Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life. " - Seneca
The most onerous slavery is to be a slave to oneself. - Seneca
To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature. - Seneca
Where reason fails, time oft has worked a cure. - Seneca
If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable. - Seneca
Most powerful is he who has himself in his power. - Seneca
There is a noble manner of being poor and who does not know it will never be rich. - Seneca
It is better, of cours, to know useless things than to know nothing. - Seneca
The arts are the servant; wisdom its master. - Seneca
I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better then the bad. - Seneca
Nije da se ne usuđujemo zato što su stvari teške; već su stvari teške zato što se ne usuđujemo. - Seneca
Everything may happen. (Omnio fieri possent.) - Seneca
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. - Seneca
It is rash to condemn where you are ignorant. - Seneca
The best ideas are common property - Seneca
Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu - Seneca
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open? - Seneca
Life without the courage for death is slavery. - Seneca
Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of. - Seneca
It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. - Seneca
When ever the speech is corrupted so is the mind. - Seneca
Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" - "There is no easy way from the earth to the stars - Seneca
He who boasts of his ancestry is praising the deeds of another. - Seneca
Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening. - Seneca
We most often go astray on a well trodden and much frequented road. - Seneca
It is pleasant at times to play the madman. - Seneca
All art is an imitation of nature. - Seneca
To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind. - Seneca
Fate rules the affairs of mankind with no recognizable order. - Seneca
It's not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it. - Seneca
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. - Seneca
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us that injury that provokes it. - Seneca
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness. - Seneca
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. - Seneca
errare humanum est, sed perseverare diabolicum: 'to err is human, but to persist (in the mistake) is diabolical. - Seneca
Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other. - Seneca
There is no great genius without some touch of madness. - Seneca
Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also. - Seneca
We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it. - Seneca
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgement. - Seneca
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment. - Seneca
To see a man fearless in dangers. untainted with lusts, happy in adversity, composed in a tumult, and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared, all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body. - Seneca
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods. - Seneca
Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men. - Seneca
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise. - Seneca
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence. - Seneca
It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one. - Seneca
Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt. - Seneca
Life is like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters. - Seneca
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color. - Seneca
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge. - Seneca
One hand washes the other. (Manus Manum Lavet) - Seneca
He who spares the wicked injures the good. - Seneca
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for crisis. - Seneca
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. - Seneca
The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one. - Seneca
As was his language so was his life. - Seneca
It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted. - Seneca
The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early. - Seneca
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. - Seneca
If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him. - Seneca
Did I not feel that the time has come for the questions of women's wrongs to be laid before the public? Did I not believe that women herself must do this work, for women alone understand the height, the depth, the breadth of her degradation. - Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. - Seneca
Many things have fallen only to rise higher. - Seneca
Not to feel one's misfortunes is not human, not to bear them is not manly. - Seneca
Leisure without books is death, and burial of a man alive. - Seneca
Huius (sapientis) opus unum est de divinis humanisque verum invenire; ab hac numquam recedit religio, pietas, iustitia ... - Seneca
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. - Seneca
It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity. - Seneca
Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company. - Seneca
The part of life we really live is small.' For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time. - Seneca
I am not a ‘wise man,’ nor . . . shall I ever be. And so require not from me that I should be equal to the best, but that I should be better than the wicked. It is enough for me if every day I reduce the number of my vices, and blame my mistakes. - Seneca
One should count each day a separate life. - Seneca
Delay not; swift the flight of fortune's greatest favours. - Seneca
Time heals what reason cannot. - Seneca
…because it is natural to touch more often the parts that hurt. - Seneca
What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears. - Seneca
distringit librorum multitudo (the abundance of books is distraction) - Seneca
Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all. - Seneca
It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so. - Seneca
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. - Seneca
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? - Seneca
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. - Seneca
It is quality rather than quantity that matters. - Seneca
It is the sign of a weak mind to be unable to bear wealth. - Seneca
No man was ever wise by chance - Seneca
Maximum remedium est irae mora. - Seneca
The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed. - Seneca
If virtue precede us every step will be safe. - Seneca
The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error. - Seneca
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