Seneca the Elder, aka Lucius or Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Seneca the Elder, aka Lucius or Marcus Annaeus Seneca
c. 54 B.C.
c. 39 A.D.

Roman Rhetorician and Writer

Author Quotes

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.

Whenever you hold a fellow creature in distress, remember that he is a man.

Where the fear is, happiness is not.

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

While we teach, we learn.

Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing.

Whom they have injured, they also hate.

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?

Why do people not confess vices? It is because they have not yet laid them aside. It is a waking person only who can tell their dreams.

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life -- in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.

You are your choices.

What were once vices are the fashion of the day.

You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself.

Whatever has overstepped its due bounds is always in a state of instability.

Whatever is well said by another, is mine.

When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.

There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.

We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

This body is not a home but an inn, and that only briefly.

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

Those that are a friend to themselves are sure to be a friend to all.

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First Name
Seneca the Elder, aka Lucius or Marcus Annaeus Seneca
Birth Date
c. 54 B.C.
Death Date
c. 39 A.D.

Roman Rhetorician and Writer