Seneca Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old seneca quotes, seneca sayings, and seneca proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.     

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Luck never made a man wise.     

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What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.     

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When one has lost a friend one’s eyes should be neither dry nor streaming. Tears, yes, there should be, but not lamentation.     

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Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.     

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Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.     

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A thousand approaches lie to open death.     

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It is folly to die of the fear of death.     

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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.     

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Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.     

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Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.     

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It goes far toward making a man faithful to let him understand that you think him so; and he that does but suspect I will deceive him, gives me a sort of right to do it.     

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Man gazes at the stars, but his feet are in the mud.     

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Let a man be never so ungrateful or inhuman, he shall never destroy the satisfaction of my having done a good office.     

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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.     

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The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death, it merely of itself completes the death-process. We reach death at that moment, but we have been a long time on the way.     

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It is the bounty of nature that we live, but of philosophy, that we live well; which is, in truth, a greater benefit than life itself.     

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The wish for healing has always been half of health.     

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In guarding their fortune men are often closefisted, yet, when it comes to the matter of wasting time, in the case of the one thing in which it is right to be miserly, they show themselves most prodigal.     

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I am often filled with wonder when I see some men demanding the time of others and those from whom they ask it most indulgent. Both of them fix their eyes on the object of the request for time, neither of them on the time itself; just as if what is asked were nothing, what is given, nothing.     

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No one sets a value on time, all use it lavishly as if it cost nothing.     

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Man had time enough, but those who have been robbed of much of their life by the public, have necessarily had too little of it.     

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No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.     

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To preserve the lives of citizens, is the greatest virtue in the father of his country.     

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It is likely that some troubles will befall us; but it is not a present fact. How often has the unexpected happened! How often has the expected never come to pass!      

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The fates lead the willing, and drag the unwilling.     

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Learn how to feel joy.     

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The greatest man is he who chooses the right with the most invincible resolution, who resists the sorest temptation from within and without; who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully; who is calm in storms; and most fearless under menaces and frowns; whose reliance on truth, on virtue, and on God is most unfaltering.      

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It is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it     

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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.     

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