Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, some sources state that he may have been innocent. His father was Seneca the Elder, his elder brother was Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus, and his nephew was the poet Lucan.
Life, If Well Lived, Is Long Enough.
The Way Is Long If One Follows Precepts, But Short... If One Follows Patterns.
He Who Has Made A Fair Compact With Poverty Is Rich.
The Heart Is Great Which Shows Moderation In The Midst Of Prosperity.
One Of The Most Beautiful Qualities Of True Friendship Is To Understand And To Be Understood.
Great Grief Does Not Of Itself Put An End To Itself.
As Is A Tale, So Is Life: Not How Long It Is, But How Good It Is, Is What Matters.
When We Are Well, We All Have Good Advice For Those Who Are Ill.
No Great Genius Has Ever Existed Without Some Touch Of Madness.
Everything Is The Product Of One Universal Creative Effort. There Is Nothing Dead In Nature. Everything Is Organic And Living, And Therefore The Whole World Appears To Be A Living Organism.
God Is The Universal Substance In Existing Things. He Comprises All Things. He Is The Fountain Of All Being. In Him Exists Everything That Is.
In War There Is No Prize For Runner-up.
Whatever One Of Us Blames In Another, Each One Will Find In His Own Heart.
The Day Which We Fear As Our Last Is But The Birthday Of Eternity.
There Are More Things To Alarm Us Than To Harm Us, And We Suffer More Often In Apprehension Than Reality.
Anger, If Not Restrained, Is Frequently More Hurtful To Us Than The Injury That Provokes It.
That Is Never Too Often Repeated, Which Is Never Sufficiently Learned.
A Well Governed Appetite Is The Greater Part Of Liberty.
Difficulties Strengthen The Mind, As Labor Does The Body.
We Can Be Thankful To A Friend For A Few Acres, Or A Little Money; And Yet For The Freedom And Command Of The Whole Earth, And For The Great Benefits Of Our Being, Our Life, Health, And Reason, We Look Upon Ourselves As Under No Obligation.
No Evil Propensity Of The Human Heart Is So Powerful That It May Not Be Subdued By Discipline.
Genius Always Gives Its Best At First; Prudence, At Last.
Wherever There Is A Human Being, There Is An Opportunity For A Kindness.
No One Is Laughable Who Laughs At Himself.
It's Not Because Things Are Difficult That We Dare Not Venture. It's Because We Dare Not Venture That They Are Difficult.
What Is True Belongs To Me!
You Learn To Know A Pilot In A Storm.
We Become Wiser By Adversity; Prosperity Destroys Our Appreciation Of The Right.
He That Does Good To Another Does Good Also To Himself.
Where Fear Is, Happiness Is Not.
To Be Able To Endure Odium Is The First Art To Be Learned By Those Who Aspire To Power.
Let Us Train Our Minds To Desire What The Situation Demands.
Nothing Is Void Of God, His Work Is Everywhere His Full Of Himself.
Shame May Restrain What Law Does Not Prohibit.
Behold A Worthy Sight, To Which The God, Turning His Attention To His Own Work, May Direct His Gaze. Behold An Equal Thing, Worthy Of A God, A Brave Man Matched In Conflict With Evil Fortune.
If Thou Art A Man, Admire Those Who Attempt Great Things, Even Though They Fail.
A Kingdom Founded On Injustice Never Lasts.
It Is The Failing Of Youth Not To Be Able To Restrain Its Own Violence.
A Man's As Miserable As He Thinks He Is.
There Is Nothing In The World So Much Admired As A Man Who Knows How To Bear Unhappiness With Courage.
Every Reign Must Submit To A Greater Reign.
There Is A Noble Manner Of Being Poor, And Who Does Not Know It Will Never Be Rich.
No Man Enjoys The True Taste Of Life, But He Who Is Ready And Willing To Quit It.
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.
Shun No Toil To Make Yourself Remarkable By Some Talent Or Other; Yet Do Not Devote Yourself To One Branch Exclusively. Strive To Get Clear Notions About All. Give Up No Science Entirely; For Science Is But One.
Health Is The Soul That Animates All The Enjoyments Of Life, Which Fade And Are Tasteless Without It.
No Untroubled Day Has Ever Dawned For Me.
Successful And Fortunate Crime Is Called Virtue.
Those Who Boast Of Their Descent, Brag On What They Owe To Others.
The Mind That Is Anxious About The Future Is Miserable.