Seneca The Younger Sayings and Quotes

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


Fortune dreads the brave, and is only terrible to the coward.     

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We pray for trifles without so much as a thought of the greatest blessings; and we are not ashamed many times, to ask God for that which we should blush to own to our neighbor.     

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To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.     

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No man is born wise; but wisdom and virtue require a tutor; though we can easily learn to be vicious without a master.     

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Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul. Speak as boldly with him as with yourself.     

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The foundation of the true joy is in the conscience.     

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Fortune's not content with knocking a man down; she sends him spinning head over heels, crash upon crash.      

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A great mind becomes a great fortune.      

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Resistance to oppression is second nature.     

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As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit     

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If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.     

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He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing!     

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The belly will not listen to advice.      

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A sword by itself does not slay; it is merely the weapon used by the slayer.     

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Resistance to oppression is second nature.     

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The greatest hindrance to living is expectancy, which depends upon tomorrow and wastes today.     

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He who blushes at riding in a rattletrap, will boast when he rides in style.     

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Be harsh with yourself at times.     

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We are so vain as to set the highest value upon those things to which nature has assigned the lowest place. What can be more coarse and rude in the mind than the precious metals, or more slavish and dirty than the people that dig and work them? And yet they defile our minds more than our bodies, and make the possessor fouler than the artificer of them. Rich men, in fine, are only the greater slaves.     

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The rust of the mind is the destruction of genius.      

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The rust of the mind is the destruction of genius.     

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The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.     

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That loss is most discreditable which is caused by negligence.     

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Nothing is more disgraceful than that an old man should have nothing to show to prove that he has lived long, except his years.     

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Poverty with joy isn't poverty at all. The poor man is not one who has little, but one who hankers after more.     

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A benefit is estimated according to the mind of the giver     

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The profit on a good action is to have done it.     

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No one can long hide behind a mask; the pretense soon lapses into the true character.     

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When you see a man in distress, recognize him as a fellow man.     

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Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind.     

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