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

— Seneca the Younger

The most delicious Seneca the Younger quotes that will add value to your life

A sword by itself does not slay; it is merely the weapon used by the slayer.


The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution


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.


Drunkenness is nothing else but a voluntary madness.


When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.


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


Don't stumble over something behind you.


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


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


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


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


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


About Seneca the Younger

Quotes 1111 sayings
Profession Philosopher
Birthday 4 BC

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?


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.


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


Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.


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


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


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.


Life is long if you know how to use it.


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.


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.


Poverty with joy isn't poverty at all.

The poor man is not one who has little, but one who hankers after more.


To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.


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.


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.


The Fates guide those who go willingly. Those who do not, they drag.


He who asks with timidity invites a refusal.


Do the best you can . . . enjoy the present . . . rest satisfied with what you have.


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


To err is human. To repeat error is of the Devil.


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


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


Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.


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


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


Greed's worst point is its ingratitude.


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


He is most powerful who governs himself.


Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.


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.