110+ Seneca Quotes On Time, Happiness And Suffering

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Top 10 Seneca Quotes (BEST)

  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. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult
  3. A sword by itself does not slay; it is merely the weapon used by the slayer.
  4. The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution
  5. We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
  6. Drunkenness is nothing else but a voluntary madness.
  7. When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
  8. Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
  9. Don't stumble over something behind you.
  10. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.

Seneca Image Quotes

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Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. — Seneca

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Every sin is the result of a collaboration. — Seneca

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

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Love in its essence is spiritual fire. — Seneca

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It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. — Seneca

Seneca Short Quotes

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  • Every sin is the result of a collaboration.
  • Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
  • It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
  • Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.
  • To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.
  • The Fates guide those who go willingly. Those who do not, they drag.
  • He who asks with timidity invites a refusal.
  • The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
  • Do the best you can . . . enjoy the present . . . rest satisfied with what you have.
  • To err is human. To repeat error is of the Devil.
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Seneca Quotes On Life

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. — Seneca

You want to live-but do you know how to live? You are scared of dying-and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead? — Seneca

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life. — Seneca

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It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. — Seneca

Life is long if you know how to use it. — Seneca

We are members of one great body. Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole. — Seneca

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

We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them. — Seneca

If you don't know, ask. You will be a fool for the moment, but a wise man for the rest of your life. — Seneca

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

Seneca Quotes On Love

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Love in its essence is spiritual fire. — Seneca

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

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. — Seneca

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

Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures. — Seneca

No one loves his country for its size or eminence, but because it's his own. — Seneca

Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. — Seneca

Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial. — Seneca

Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor. — 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

Seneca Quotes On Time

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Time is the one thing that is given to everyone in equal measure. — Seneca

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

It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully. — Seneca

The velocity with which time flies is infinite, as is most apparent to those who look back. — Seneca

Time discovers truth. Time heals what reason cannot. — Seneca

While we are postponing, life speeds by. — Seneca

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

A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the study of so vast a subject. A time will come when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them. — Seneca

Those vices [luxury and neglect of decent manners] are vices of men, not of the times. [Lat., Hominum sunt ista [vitia], non temporum. — Seneca

This body is not a home, but an inn; and that only for a short time. — Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Happiness

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Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power. — Seneca

A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting, carefree happiness. — Seneca

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

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. — Seneca

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. — Seneca

What's the good of dragging up sufferings which are over, of being unhappy now just because you were then. — Seneca

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

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

A man who suffers or stresses before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary — Seneca

There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy. — Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Suffering

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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. — Seneca

Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men. — Seneca

A crowd of fellow-sufferers is a miserable kind of comfort. — Seneca

We sought therefore to amend our will, and not to suffer it through despite to languish long time in error. — Seneca

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. — Seneca

Everyone rushes his life on, and suffers from a yearning for the future and a boredom with the present. But that man who devotes every hour to his own needs, who plans every day as if it were his last, neither longs for nor fears tomorrow. — Seneca

We should have a bond of sympathy for all sentient beings, knowing that only the depraved and base take pleasure in the sight of blood and suffering. — Seneca

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember. — Seneca

Nature has made us passive, and to suffer is our lot. While we are in the flesh every man has his chain and his clog; only it is looser and lighter to one man than to another, and he is more at ease who takes it up and carries it than he who drags it. — Seneca

It is only the surprise and newness of the thing which makes that misfortune terrible which by premeditation might be made easy to us. For that which some people make light by sufferance, others do by foresight. — Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Wisdom

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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. — Seneca

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable. — Seneca

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

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. — Seneca

If wisdom were offered me with the proviso that I should keep it shut up and refrain from declaring it, I should refuse. There's no delight in owning anything unshared. — Seneca

A good mind possesses a kingdom. — Seneca

The Best sign of Wisdom is the consistency between the words and deeds. — Seneca

What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears. — Seneca

No man was ever wise by chance. — Seneca

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. — Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Friendship

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

Those who pass their lives in foreign travel find they contract many ties of hospitality, but form no friendships. — Seneca

When one has lost a friend one's eyes should be neither dry nor streaming. Tears, yes, there should be, but not lamentation. — Seneca

Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul. Speak as boldly with him as with yourself. — Seneca

One who's our friend is fond of us; one who's fond of us isn't necessarily our friend. — Seneca

When one is friend on himself, also is friend of everybody. — Seneca

But when you are looking on anyone as a friend when you do not trust him as you trust yourself, you are making a grave mistake, and have failed to grasp sufficiently the full force of true friendship. — Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Anger

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

Epileptics know by signs when attacks are imminent and take precautions accordingly; we must do the same in regard to anger — Seneca

What is more insane than to vent on senseless things the anger that is felt towards men? — Seneca

Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed, or is ashamed of his success. — 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 shall I choose my death when I am about to depart from life. — Seneca

The entire world would perish, if pity were not to limit anger. — Seneca

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute. — Seneca

Hesitation is the best cure for anger. The first blows of anger are heavy, but if it waits, it will think again. — Seneca

Reason wishes that the judgement it gives be just; anger wishes that the judgement it has given seem to be just. — Seneca

The anger of those in authority is always weighty. — Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Shortness Of Life

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Life is short and art is long. — Seneca

Life is divided into three periods: that which has been, that which is, that which will be. Of these the present is short, the future is doubtful, the past is certain. — Seneca

The part of life which we really live is short. — Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Stoic

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A consciousness of wrongdoing is the first step to salvation...you have to catch yourself doing it before you can correct it. — Seneca

No choice maxims - we Stoics don't practice that kind of window dressing. — 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

Our (the Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature. — Seneca

Seneca Famous Quotes And Sayings

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He is ungrateful who denies that he has received a kindness which has been bestowed upon him; he is ungrateful who conceals it; he is ungrateful who makes no return for it; most ungrateful of all is he who forgets it. — Seneca

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Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. — Seneca

It's all in your headJ you have the power to make things seem hard or easy or even amusing. The choice is yours. — Seneca

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

No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. — Seneca

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Love in its essence is spiritual fire. — Seneca

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It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. — Seneca

It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business, and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. — Seneca

Virtue is shut out from no one; she is open to all, accepts all, invites all, gentlemen, freedmen, slaves, kings, and exiles; she selects neither house nor fortune; she is satisfied with a human being without adjuncts. — Seneca

The intellect must not be kept at consistent tension, but diverted by pastimes.... The mind must have relaxation, and will rise stronger and keener after recreation. — Seneca

Poverty with joy isn't poverty at all. The poor man is not one who has little, but one who hankers after more. — Seneca

Retire into yourself as much as possible. Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those whom you are capable of improving. The process is a mutual one. People learn as they teach. — Seneca

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. — Seneca

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

There is no evil that does not promise inducements. Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause. Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer. — Seneca

May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense. — Seneca

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

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. — Seneca

The wise man then followed a simple way of life-which is hardly surprising when you consider how even in this modern age he seeks to be as little encumbered as he possibly can. — Seneca

The wish for healing has always been half of health. — Seneca

Greed's worst point is its ingratitude. — Seneca

Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind. — Seneca

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. — Seneca

He is most powerful who governs himself. — Seneca

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. — Seneca

In war there is no prize for runner-up. — 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

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. — Seneca

He who boasts of his pedigree praises that which does not belong to him. — Seneca

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember. — Seneca

If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it to yourself. — Seneca

One hand washes the other. — Seneca

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! — Seneca

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. — Seneca

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. — Seneca

There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness. — Seneca

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. — Seneca

All cruelty springs from weakness. — Seneca

A thing seriously pursued affords true enjoyment. — Seneca

This life is only a prelude to eternity. — Seneca

It is remarkable that Providence has given us all things for our advantage near at hand; but iron, gold, and silver, being both the instruments of blood and slaughter and the price of it, nature has hidden in the bowels of the earth. — Seneca

Levity of behavior is the bane of all that is good and virtuous. — Seneca

They who have light in themselves will not revolve as satellites. — Seneca

To lose a friend is the greatest of all evils, but endeavour rather to rejoice that you possessed him than to mourn his loss. — Seneca

The best way to do good to ourselves is to do it to others; the right way to gather is to scatter. — Seneca

Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it. — Seneca

The mind is never right but when it is at peace within itself. — Seneca

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is to be expecting evil before it comes. — Seneca

Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one. — Seneca

The worst thing about getting old is evil men cease to fear you — Seneca

Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity. — Seneca

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them. — 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

The rust of the mind is the destruction of genius. — Seneca

No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble; the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us. — Seneca

If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him. Ignoranti quem portum petat, nullus suus ventus est. — Seneca

I know that nothing comes to pass but what God appoints; our fate is decreed, and things do not happen by chance, but every man's portion of joy and sorrow is predetermined. — Seneca

He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing! — Seneca

That loss is most discreditable which is caused by negligence. — Seneca

It is quality rather than quantity that matters. — Seneca

Injustice never rules forever. — Seneca

Human affairs are like a chess-game: only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players. Life is like an earthen pot: only when it is shattered, does it manifest its emptiness. — Seneca

Life Lessons by Seneca

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  1. Seneca taught that the key to a meaningful life is to focus on the present moment, to be mindful of our actions, and to strive for inner peace.
  2. He argued that the pursuit of material wealth and power can lead to unhappiness, and encouraged us to instead focus on cultivating wisdom and virtue.
  3. He also stressed the importance of living a life of moderation, self-discipline, and gratitude.

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