Seneca Sayings and Quotes

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


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

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Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling.     

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Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.

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

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A great fortune is a great slavery.

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Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.

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Where the fear is, happiness is not.     

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Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.

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Sadness usually results from one of the following causes either when a man does not succeed, or is ashamed of his success.

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

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The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.

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Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly.

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We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

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We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

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

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

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The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.     

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The worst evil of all is to leave the ranks of the living before one dies.

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For greed all nature is too little.     

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You are your choices.

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If you judge, investigate.     

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

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.     

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

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To be everywhere is to be nowhere.

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No one can have all he wants, but a man can refrain from wanting what he has not, and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand.     

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A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach, one that is willing to endure rough treatment.     

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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.     

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

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The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.     

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