Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

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From history, we have one more stoic philosopher but this time an ancient Roman. More known as just Seneca the statesmen also wrote tragedy plays during that time. Highly political more than notable ideas revolving around ethics, there is a story of him being exiled for his thoughts. Overall a culture I need to study more reflections more or less than what the Greeks said regarding a lot of things.

  • “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
  • “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
  • “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
  • “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality”
  • “You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire”
  • “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
  • “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms — you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.”
  • “The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject… And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them… Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.”
  • “If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.”
  • “It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”
  • “What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.”
  • “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.”
  • “Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.”
  • “I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”
  • “What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water?”

Foundation linguistics in the art of the governmental rhetoric during Ceasar’s reign, surely this name shall pop up again. Leaving a legacy of deeper research influencing modern thinks, I assume; he is worthy of being put into my Famous People categorical list.

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