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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca, or Seneca the Younger) (ca. 4 BC-AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. more

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

If you wish to be loved; Love!
If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him.
We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.
If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
If you would judge, understand.
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Those that are a friend to themselves are sure to be a friend to all.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
Do everything as in the eye of another.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Those whom true love has held, it will go on holding.
See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.
Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
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.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
When ever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.
Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing.
He who is brave is free.
A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death; it merely of itself completes the death-process. We reach death at that moment, but we have been a long time on the way.
He that does good to another does good also to himself.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Time discovered truth.
Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.
He is the most powerful who has himself, in his power.
We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.
What should a wise person do when given a blow? Same as Cato when he was attacked; not fire up or revenge the insult., or even return the blow, but simply ignore it.
No one can be despised by another until he has learned to despise himself.
There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.
There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Economy is too late when you are at the bottom of your purse.
A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
Fortune can take away riches, but not courage.
As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.
Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob.
Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged.