60+ Best Seneca Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Seneca the Younger, fully Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—satirist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. Profoundly inspirational Seneca quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Seneca Quotes

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

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

While we wait for life, life passes.

Regard a friend as loyal, and you will make him loyal.

They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.

Every night before going to sleep, we must ask ourselves: what weakness did I overcome today? What virtue did I acquire?

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms — you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

So you must match time’s swiftness with your speed in using it, and you must drink quickly as though from a rapid stream that will not always flow.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

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.

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.

No man was ever wise by chance.

Silence is a lesson learned through life’s many sufferings.

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

Besides, he who is feared, fears also; no one has been able to arouse terror and live in peace of mind.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

A person’s fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.

Inspirational Seneca Quotes

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

He who is brave is free.

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.

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.

Life, if well lived, is long enough.

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

Friendship is always helpful, but love sometimes even does harm

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

Love in its essence is spiritual fire.

To wish to progress is the largest part of progress.

If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

How does it help…to make troubles heavier by bemoaning them?

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.

Worse than war is the very fear of war.

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

Life is like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters..

Every guilty person is his own hangman.

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

Remember, however, before all else, to strip things of all that disturbs and confuses, and to see what each is at the bottom; you will then comprehend that they contain nothing fearful except the actual fear.

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.

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged.

Once again prosperous and successful crime goes by the name of virtue; good men obey the bad, might is right and fear oppresses law.

There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.

Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.

Time heals what reason cannot.

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.

We suffer more in imagination than in reality.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

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

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

A good judge condemns wrongful acts, but does not hate them.

I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.

The good things of prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

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