Lucius Annæus Seneca Quotations

-It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

-Let him who would move the world first move himself.

-There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.

– [The wise] will start each day with the thought…
Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own. Nothing, whether public or private, is stable; the destinies of men, no less than those of cities are in a whirl. Whatever structure has been reared by a long sequence of years, at the cost of great toil and through the great kindness of the gods, is scattered and dispersed in a single day.
No, he who has said “a day” has granted too long a postponement to swift misfortune; an hour, an instant of time, suffices for the overthrow of empires. How often have cities in Asia, how often in Achaia, been laid low by a single shock of earthquake? How many towns in Syria, how many in Macedonia, have been swallowed up? How often has this kind of devastation laid Cyprus in ruins?
We live in the middle of things which have been destined to die. Mortal have you been born, to mortals have you given birth. Reckon on everything, expect everything.

-No man enjoys the true taste of life but he who is ready and willing to quit it.

-For greed, all nature is too little.

-Nature has given to us the seeds of knowledge, not knowledge itself.

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

-These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever”, when really the fever has us.

-Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with course and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: “Is this the condition that I feared?”

-You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.

-While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.

-We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it.

-We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired?

-Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Lucius Annæus Seneca