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

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.

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.

There are none more abusive to others than they that lie most open to it themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.

Time is like a handful of sand- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers

What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.

To greed, all nature is insufficient.

What once were vices are manners now.

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.

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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