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You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.
Seneca (On The Shortness of Life - Chapter III)
A good mind is a lord of a kingdom.
Seneca (Thyestes)
Man is a reasoning animal.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter XLI)
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
Seneca (The Madness of Hercules)
Who profits by a sin has done the sin.
Seneca (Medea)
It takes two men to fight.
Seneca (Of Anger - Book II)
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic)
Time discloses the truth.
Seneca (Of Anger - Book II)
Fire tries gold, misfortune tries brave men.
Seneca (On Providence)
The wise man will live as long as he ought, not as long as he can.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter LXX)
Ignorance is the cause of fear.
Seneca (Natural Questions)
Men learn while they teach.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter VII: On Crowds)
If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.
Seneca (Epistles)
That man lives badly who does not know how to die well.
Seneca (Letter to Serenus - On Tranquility of the Mind)
All art is but imitation of nature.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter LXV: On the First Cause)
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Seneca (On the Happy Life)
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter XLV)
No one is able to rule unless he is also able to be ruled.
Seneca (Of Anger - Book II)
If one doesn't know his mistakes, he won't want to correct them.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter XXVIII: On Travel as a Cure for Discontent)
Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter XLVII: On Master and Slave)
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter LXXXIV: On Gathering Ideas)
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter II: On Discursiveness in Reading)
They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.
Seneca (On The Shortness of Life - Chapter XVI)
You will understand that there is nothing dreadful in this except fear itself.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter XXIV: On Despising Death)
It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it.
Seneca (On The Shortness of Life - Chapter I)
No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter II: On the Terrors of Death)
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.
Seneca (Letters from a Stoic - Letter LII: On Choosing our Teachers)
On him does death lie heavily, who, but too well known to all, dies to himself unknown.
Seneca (Thyestes)
The part of life we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.
Seneca (On The Shortness of Life - Chapter II)
What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water?
Seneca (Natural Questions)
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Seneca Biography

Born: 4 BCE
Died: 65 ACE

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, also known as Seneca the Younger, was a Roman statesman, dramatist and Stoic philosopher. He was chiefly known as a philosopher and advisor to the emperor Nero.

Notable Works
Letters from a Stoic
Of Anger
Of Benefits
Of Clemency
Of Peace of Mind
On the Shortness of Life
Of Consolation:
  To Marcia
  To Helvia
  To Polybius

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