Lucius Annaeus Seneca Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lucius annaeus seneca quotes, lucius annaeus seneca sayings, and lucius annaeus seneca proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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

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

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There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude: confidence in self.     

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

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

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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.     

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No man ever became wise by chance.     

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He that does good to another does good also to himself.     

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

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If you wished to be loved, love.     

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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.     

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

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It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.     

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

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

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The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.     

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The much occupied man has no time for wantonness, and it is an obvious commonplace that the evils of leisure can be shaken off by hard work.     

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A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.     

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

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Every guilty person is his own hangman.     

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He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.     

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

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Slavery takes hold of few, but many take hold of slavery.     

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

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

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The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.     

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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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Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.     

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