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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.

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.
If you sit in judgment, investigate, if you sit in supreme power, sit in command.
Whatever has overstepped its due bounds is always in a state of instability.
You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself.
Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.
It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.
A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
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.
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.
The fates lead the willing, and drag the unwilling.
Even if it is to be, what end do you serve by running to distress?
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.
Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power.
Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
Why do people not confess vices? It is because they have not yet laid them aside. It is a waking person only who can tell their dreams.
What were once vices are the fashion of the day.
What is true belongs to me!
Whenever you hold a fellow creature in distress, remember that he is a man.
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.
Many shed tears merely for show, and have dry eyes when no one's around to observe them.
So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.
Leisure without literature is death and burial alive.
Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.
What once were vices are manners now.
It is medicine, not scenery, for which a sick man must go searching.
The mind is a matter over every kind of fortune; itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery.
That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this -- that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.
Modesty forbids what the law does not.
But it is a pretty thing to see what money will do!
A great fortune is a great slavery.
I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.
If you live according to the dictates of nature, you will never be poor; if according to the notions of man, you will never be rich.
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
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!
Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.
So enjoy present pleasures as to not mar those to come.
The courts of kings are full of people, but empty of friends.
Not he who has little, but he whose wishes more, is poor.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration.
Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.
Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones on hand do more to produce a happy life than the volumes we can't find.
Every guilty person is his own hangman.
The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.
There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.
Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?
It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
He who repents of having sinned is almost innocent.
Remove severe restraint and what will become of virtue?
The acquisition of riches has been to many not an end to their miseries, but a change in them: The fault is not in the riches, but the disposition.
To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.
The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin.