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

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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Every sin is the result of a collaboration.

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Love in its essence is spiritual fire.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca quote Love in its essence is spiritual fire.

Love in its essence is spiritual fire.

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

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

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

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca quote What madness is it, to be expecting evil

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

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Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

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

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The wish for healing has always been half of health.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca quote What madness is it, to be expected evil

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

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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.

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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.

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In war there is no prize for runner-up.

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About Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Quotes 85 sayings
Nationality Roman
Profession Statesman
Birthday 4 BC

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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A great mind becomes a great fortune.

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Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.

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No man was ever wise by chance.

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

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While we are postponing, life speeds by.

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

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The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man.

.. It is more powerful than external circumstances.

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

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The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns.

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All art is but imitation of nature.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.

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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.

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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.

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

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He who has great power should use it lightly.

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The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.

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

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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.

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

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Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.

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

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Where fear is, happiness is not.

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

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There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

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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.

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Life, if well lived, is long enough.

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