Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)

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...a sword never kills anybody it's a tool in the killer's hand. From Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales, Letters to Lucilius on Morals, Letter 87, c.63-65
A great mind becomes a great fortune.
A great step toward independence is a good humored stomach.
A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party there is no battle unless there be two.
All art is but imitation of nature.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
All things are cause for either laughter or weeping.
An action will not be right unless the will be right for from thence is the action derived. Again, the will will not be right unless the disposition of the mind be right for from thence comes the will.
Anyone can stop a man's life, but no one his death a thousand doors open on to it. - Phoenissae
As is a tale, so is life not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.
He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another. - Hercules Furens
He who comes to a conclusion when the other side is unheard, may have been just in his conclusion, but yet has not been just in his conduct.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
He who has injured thee was stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him if stronger, spare thyself.
I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that which I ought to lead. I follow it at a mighty distance, crawling.
If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
If thou live according to nature, thou wilt never be poor if according to the opinions of the world, thou wilt never be rich.
If wisdom were offered me with this restriction, that I should keep it close and not communicate it, I would refuse the gift.
If you wished to be loved, love.
In every good man a God doth dwell.
It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.
It is extreme evil to depart from the company of the living before you die.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.
It is well to be born either a king or a fool.
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say let speech harmonize with life.
Liesure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.
Life is a gift of the immortal Gods, but living well is the gift of philosophy.
Malice drinks one half of its own poison.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.
No man ever became wise by chance.
Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers.
Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
Our (The Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature.
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely for science is but one.
That grief is light which can take counsel.
The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy.
The best ideas are common property.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.
The hour which gives us life begins to take it away. - Hercules Furens
The pain of a disappointed wish necessarily produces less effect upon the mind if a man has not certainly promised himself success. - De Tranquillitate Animi
The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.
The soul has this proof of its divinity that divine things delight in it.
The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and perturbations to understand and do our duties to God and man, and to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future.
There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
There is no genius free from some tincture of madness.
There is nothing so disagreeable, that a patient mind cannot find some solace for it.
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
This body is not a home but an inn, and that only briefly. - Epistulae ad Lucilium
Those whom fortune has never favoured are more joyful than those whom she has deserted. - De Tranquillitate Animi
Time discovers truth.
Time heals what reason cannot.
To greed, all nature is insufficient. - Hercules Oetaeus
To strive with an equal is dangerous with a superior, mad with an inferior, degrading.
To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.
We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself.
We become wiser by adversity prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
We learn not in the school, but in life.
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.
Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.
Whatever is to make us better and happy, God has placed either openly before us or close to us.
Why does no one confess his sins Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams.

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