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  1. It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.


  2. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.


  3. Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.


  4. Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.




  5. The wish for healing has always been half of health.


  6. We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.


  7. True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.


  8. No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.


  9. The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.


  10. No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.


  11. Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.


  12. A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.


  13. Every sin is the result of a collaboration.


  14. There is no great genius without some touch of madness.


  15. Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.


  16. Where fear is, happiness is not.


  17. It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.


  18. As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.


  19. The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.


  20. Life, if well lived, is long enough.


  21. Time discovers truth.


  22. The soul has this proof of its divinity that divine things delight in it.


  23. No man was ever wise by chance.


  24. Love in its essence is spiritual fire.


  25. Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.


  26. Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.


  27. If you wished to be loved, love.

    • love

  28. One must steer, not talk.


  29. Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.


  30. Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.



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    What madness is it, to be expecting evil before it comes.


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    What madness is it, to be expected evil before it comes.


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What are the best life quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca?


    No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.

    • enjoys

    As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

    • life

    Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.

    • animates

    Life, if well lived, is long enough.

    • enough

    While we are postponing, life speeds by.

    • life

    Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.


    Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way.

    • beyond

    Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.


    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.


    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.


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What are the best mind quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca?


    The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.


    Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.


    The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances.

    • adversity

    A great mind becomes a great fortune.


    It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.


    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.

    • actions

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What are the best fortune quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca?


    Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.

    • fate

    The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.

    • bad

    Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.


    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.


    A great mind becomes a great fortune.

    • becomes

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What are the best true quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca?


    One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

    • friendship

    True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

    • happiness

    No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.

    • enjoys

    What is true belongs to me!


    True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.


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What are the best being quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca?


    Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

    • being

    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.


    No one can be happy who has been thrust outside the pale of truth. And there are two ways that one can be removed from this realm: by lying, or by being lied to.


    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.

    • acres

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To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power.


The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.

  • difficulty

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.


As long as you live, keep learning how to live.




The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.


Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.


Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.

  • corrupted

Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.


A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.


The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances.

  • adversity

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


What is true belongs to me!

  • true

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

  • dare

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.

  • cast

Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

  • acting

Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.

  • bad

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.

  • actions

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.


He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.


Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.

  • all

In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.


You learn to know a pilot in a storm.


He who has great power should use it lightly.


The best ideas are common property.


All art is but imitation of nature.

  • nature

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.


Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.

  • called

It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.

  • dislike

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way.

  • beyond

Every reign must submit to a greater reign.


No one can be happy who has been thrust outside the pale of truth. And there are two ways that one can be removed from this realm: by lying, or by being lied to.

  • happy

The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.


A great mind becomes a great fortune.

  • becomes

When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.


It is the superfluous things for which men sweat, - superfluous things that wear our togas theadbare, that force us to grow old in camp, that dash us upon foreign shores.


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.

  • all

Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.


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.


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.

  • acres

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.


While we are postponing, life speeds by.

  • life

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 abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.


I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives.


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.


True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.

  • comes

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.


To greed, all nature is insufficient. - Hercules Oetaeus


There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals.

  • fear

Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.

  • beyond

In war there is no prize for runner-up.


A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.


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.

  • attention

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.


Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.


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