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Seneca Quotes


Also known as Seneca the Younger. He was a Roman philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and humorist.
(c. 4 BC - 65 AD)

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A dwarf is small, even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well.
[Ability]
 

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
[Adversity]
 

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
 

A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.
[Conscience]
 

A good man is influenced by God himself, and has a kind of divinity within him; so it may be a question whether he goes to heaven, or heaven comes to him.
[Goodness]
 

A good mind possesses a kingdom: a great fortune is a great slavery.
[Wealth]
 

A great mind becomes a great fortune.
[Mind]
 

A great step toward independence is a good-humoured stomach.
[Food]
 

A great, a good, and a right mind is a kind of divinity lodged in flesh, and may be the blessing of a slave as well as of a prince: it came from heaven, and to heaven it must return; and it is a kind of heavenly felicity, which a pure and virtuous mind enjoys, in some degree, even upon earth.
[Greatness]
 

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
[Happiness]
 

A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.
[Hunger]
 

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
[Injustice]
 

A large library is apt to distract rather than to instruct the learner; it is much better to be confined to a few authors than to wander at random over many.
[Libraries]
 

A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
[Sin]
 

A man can refrain from wanting what he has not, and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand.
[Forgiveness]
 

A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
[Suffering]
 

A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
[Happiness]
 

A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
[Fear]
 

A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
 

A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.
 


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