We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

— Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

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The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.

205

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

187

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

137

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

99

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

97

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

78

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.

76

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

35

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.

32

Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

26

It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.

23

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.

21

About Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

Quotes 187 sayings
Nationality Roman
Profession rhetorician
Birthday 54 BC

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;

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

19

See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.

19

Remember that pain has this most excellent quality.

If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged.

18

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.

18

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.

18

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.

18

All cruelty springs from weakness.

17

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim.

When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

16

The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin.

15

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.

15

He who is brave is free.

15

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

15

If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

15

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.

15

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.

15

Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.

15

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.

14

It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.

14

Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.

14

Pain, scorned by yonder gout-ridden wretch, endured by yonder dyspeptic in the midst of his dainties, borne bravely by the girl in travail. Slight thou art, if I can bear thee, short thou art if I cannot bear thee!

14

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.

14

The foremost art of kings is the ability to endure hatred.

14

So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.

14

We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.

13

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

13

Time discovered truth.

13

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.

13

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

13

It is medicine, not scenery, for which a sick man must go searching.

12

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

12

A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.

12

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

11

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.

11

Where the fear is, happiness is not.

11

If you judge, investigate.

11

If you sit in judgment, investigate, if you sit in supreme power, sit in command.

11

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.

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