Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger was a philosopher who is mostly known for his practice of stoicism. Seneca is said to have been born in Córdoba, Spain and died in Rome, Italy on around April 65 AD. The philosophy and theories of Seneca have inspired millions if not billions of people and his message is still making an impact thousands of years after his death.

Seneca was influenced by Plato, Epicurus and many other great philosophers who came before him. Some of the popular books and writings of Seneca are Letters from a Stoic, On the Shortness of Life, Hardship and Happiness, Naturales quaestiones and many others.

Here are some of the best and famous Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes on life, time, love, death, friendship, anger, stoicism, wisdom and so much more:

Famous Seneca Quotes

famous Seneca quotes

1. He who is brave is free. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

2. All art is but imitation of nature. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

3. All cruelty springs from weakness. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

4. Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

5. Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

6. Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

7. If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

8. The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

9. Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms — you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

10. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

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11. For greed all nature is too little. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

12. The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

13. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

14. Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

15. It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

16. They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

17. A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

18. Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

19. There are more things, Lucius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

20. 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. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Life

Seneca quotes on life

21. Life, if well lived, is long enough. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

22. While we are postponing, life speeds by. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

23. The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

24. It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

25. He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

26. Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

27. If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

28. Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

29. Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

30. Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

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31. As long as you live, keep learning how to live. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

32. We suffer more often in imagination than in reality. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

33. A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

34. As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

35. The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

36. Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

37. Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

38. Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

39. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

40. Life is never incomplete if it is an honorable one. At whatever point you leave life, if you leave it in the right way, it is whole. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Time

Seneca quotes on time

41. Time discovers truth. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

42. Time heals what reason cannot.

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43. Every one has time if he likes. Business runs after nobody: people cling to it of their own free will and think that to be busy is a proof of happiness. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

44. 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. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Love

Seneca quotes on love

45. Love in its essence is spiritual fire. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

46. Those whom true love has held, it will go on holding. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

47. If you wished to be loved, love.

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48. You can end love more easily than you can moderate it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

49. The declaration of love may come sooner than expected. Take time before you reciprocate as this may simply be a statement of what they expect from you. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Death

Seneca quotes on death

50. A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

51. The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

52. You want to live but do you know how to live? You are scared of dying and tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?

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53. Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

54. You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

55. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Friendship

Seneca quotes on friendship

56. The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

57. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

58. Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

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59. Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

60. True friends are the whole world to one another; and he that is a friend to himself is also a friend to mankind. Even in my studies the greatest delight I take is of imparting it to others; for there is no relish to me in the possessing of anything without a partner. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Anger

Seneca quotes on anger

61. The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

62. Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

63. The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

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64. Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

65. Concealed anger is to be feared; but hatred openly manifested destroys its chance of revenge. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Stoicism

Seneca quotes on stoicism

66. Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

67. It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

68. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

69. If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

70. Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

71. There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

72. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

73. The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man… It is more powerful than external circumstances. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

74. Every night before going to sleep, we must ask ourselves: what weakness did I overcome today? What virtue did I acquire? -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

75. Man is affected not by events but by the view he takes of them.

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76. If you judge, investigate. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

77. He who has great power should use it lightly. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

78. Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

79. Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

80. You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

81. Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

82. A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

83. 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. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

84. 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. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

85. 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. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca Quotes On Wisdom

Seneca quotes on wisdom

86. It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

87. Wealth is the slave of the wise. The master of the fool. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

88. No man was ever wise by chance.

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89. Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

90. 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. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca