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The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. -- Seneca The Younger
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Economy is too late when you are at the bottom of your purse. -- Seneca The Younger
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Time hath often cured the wound which reason failed to heal. -- Seneca The Younger
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Whatsoever has exceeded its proper limit is in an unstable position. -- Seneca The Younger
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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. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nature has made us passive, and to suffer is our lot. While we are in the flesh every man has his chain and his clog; only it is looser and lighter to one man than to another, and he is more at ease who takes it up and carries it than he who drags it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of. -- Seneca The Younger
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A good mind possesses a kingdom. -- Seneca The Younger
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The part of life which we really live is short. -- Seneca The Younger
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Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death. -- Seneca The Younger
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Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one. -- Seneca The Younger
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These individulas have riches just as we say that we 'have a fever,' when really the fever has us. -- Seneca The Younger
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Men love their vices and hate them at the same time. -- Seneca The Younger
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A man can refrain from wanting what he has not and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand. -- Seneca The Younger
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Mercy often inflicts death. -- Seneca The Younger
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Those whom fortune has never favored are more joyful than those whom she has deserted. -- Seneca The Younger
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Drunkenness does not create vice; it merely brings it into view. -- Seneca The Younger
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With parsimony a little is sufficient; without it nothing is sufficient; but frugality makes a poor man rich. -- Seneca The Younger
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Corporeal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is expedient for the victor to wish for peace restored; for the vanquished it is necessary. -- Seneca The Younger
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On him does death lie heavily, who, but too well known to all, dies to himself unknown. -- Seneca The Younger
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The greatest power of ruling consists in the exercise of self-control. -- Seneca The Younger
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The pleasures of the palate deal with us like Egyptian thieves who strangle those whom they embrace. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who receives a benefit with gratitude, repays the first installment of it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Philosophy is the art and law of life, and it teaches us what to do in all cases, and, like good marksmen, to hit the white at any distance. -- Seneca The Younger
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To be feared is to fear. No one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind. -- Seneca The Younger
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Necessity is stronger than duty. -- Seneca The Younger
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Extreme remedies are never the first to be resorted to. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nemo tam divos habuit faventes,
Crastinum ut possit sibi polliceri.
Nobody has ever found the gods so much his friends that he can promise himself another day. -- Seneca The Younger
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Everything in art is but a copy of nature. -- Seneca The Younger
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Home joys are blessed of heaven. -- Seneca The Younger
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Wisdom teaches us to do, as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a colour. -- Seneca The Younger
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Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged. -- Seneca The Younger
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Death is a release from and an end of all pains. -- Seneca The Younger
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You cannot escape necessities, but you can overcome them. -- Seneca The Younger
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The things that are essential are acquired with little bother; it is the luxuries that call for toil and effort. -- Seneca The Younger
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A great step toward independence is a good-humoured stomach. -- Seneca The Younger
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He is most powerful who governs himself. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is the characteristic of a weak and diseased mind to fear the unfamiliar. -- Seneca The Younger
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True love can fear no one. -- Seneca The Younger
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He is not guilty who is not guilty of his own free will. -- Seneca The Younger
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The mind, unless it is pure and holy, cannot see God. -- Seneca The Younger
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What once were vices are manners now. -- Seneca The Younger
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God is near you, is with you, is inside you. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nihil tam acerbum est in quo non aequus animus solatium inveniat.
There is nothing so disagreeable, that a patient mind can not find some solace for it. -- Seneca The Younger
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A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness. -- Seneca The Younger
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He worships God who knows him. -- Seneca The Younger
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When you die, it will not be because you are sick, but because you were alive. -- Seneca The Younger
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Retire into yourself as much as possible. Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those whom you are capable of improving. The process is a mutual one. People learn as they teach. -- Seneca The Younger
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To govern was to serve, not to rule. -- Seneca The Younger
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Look at the stars lighting up the sky: no one of them stays in the same place. -- Seneca The Younger
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Man is a social animal. -- Seneca The Younger
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We ought to take outdoor walks, to refresh and raise our spirits by deep breathing in the open air. -- Seneca The Younger
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The mind does not easily unlearn what it has been long in learning. -- Seneca The Younger
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But it is a pretty thing to see what money will do! -- Seneca The Younger
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Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life. -- Seneca The Younger
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No one loves his country for its size or eminence, but because it's his own. -- Seneca The Younger
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That which achieves its effect by accident is not art. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who boasts of his pedigree praises that which does not belong to him. -- Seneca The Younger
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What with our hooks, snares, nets, and dogs, we are at war with all living creatures, and nothing comes amiss but that which is either too cheap or too common; and all this is to gratify a fantastical palate. -- Seneca The Younger
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Straightforwardness and simplicity are in keeping with goodness. -- Seneca The Younger
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The mind makes the nobleman, and uplifts the lowly to high degree. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who is everywhere is nowhere. -- Seneca The Younger
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What else is nature but God? -- Seneca The Younger
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The road by precepts is tedious, by example, short and efficacious. -- Seneca The Younger
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I am ashamed of my master and not of my servitude. -- Seneca The Younger
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A man's ability cannot possibly be of one sort and his soul of another. If his soul be well-ordered, serious and restrained, his ability also is sound and sober. Conversely, when the one degenerates, the other is contaminated. -- Seneca The Younger
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If God adds another day to our life, let us receive it gladly. -- Seneca The Younger
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Love of action is not industry. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is remarkable that Providence has given us all things for our advantage near at hand; but iron, gold, and silver, being both the instruments of blood and slaughter and the price of it, nature has hidden in the bowels of the earth. -- Seneca The Younger
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He that will do no good offices after a disappointment must stand still, and do just nothing at all. The plough goes on after a barren year; and while the ashes are yet warm, we raise a new house upon the ruins of a former. -- Seneca The Younger
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The most onerous slavery is to be a slave to oneself. -- Seneca The Younger
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Tis not the belly's hunger that costs so much, but its pride -- Seneca The Younger
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Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is the property of a great and good mind to covet, not the fruit of good deeds, but good deeds themselves, and to seek for a good man even after having met with bad men. -- Seneca The Younger
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Good sides to adversity are best admired at a distance. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is pleasant at times to play the madman. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is sometimes pleasant even to act like a madman. -- Seneca The Younger
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We sought therefore to amend our will, and not to suffer it through despite to languish long time in error. -- Seneca The Younger
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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. -- Seneca The Younger
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The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and pertubations; to understand and do our duties to God and man, and to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are wrong in looking forward to death: in great measure it's past already. -- Seneca The Younger
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Frugality makes a poor man rich. -- Seneca The Younger
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As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still. -- Seneca The Younger
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A dwarf is small even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let us not seek our disease out of ourselves; 'tis in us, and planted in our bowels; and the mere fact that we do not perceive ourselves to be sick, renders us more hard to be cured. -- Seneca The Younger
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Happy he whoe'er, content with the common lot, with safe breeze hugs the shore, and, fearing to trust his skiff to the wider sea, with unambitious oar keeps close to the land. -- Seneca The Younger
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Everyone rushes his life on, and suffers from a yearning for the future and a boredom with the present. But that man who devotes every hour to his own needs, who plans every day as if it were his last, neither longs for nor fears tomorrow. -- Seneca The Younger
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Those vices [luxury and neglect of decent manners] are vices of men, not of the times.
[Lat., Hominum sunt ista [vitia], non temporum. -- Seneca The Younger
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Virtue needs a director and guide. Vice can be learned even without a teacher. -- Seneca The Younger
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On entering a temple we assume all signs of reverence. How much more reverent then should we be before the heavenly bodies, the stars, the very nature of God! -- Seneca The Younger
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For what else is Nature but God and the Divine Reason that pervades the whole universe and all its parts. -- Seneca The Younger
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Religion worships God, while superstition profanes that worship. -- Seneca The Younger
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Whatever is to make us better and happy God has placed either openly before us or close to us. -- Seneca The Younger
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In whatever direction you turn, you will see God coming to meet you; nothing is void of him, he himself fills all his work. -- Seneca The Younger
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God has given some gifts to the whole human race, from which no one is excluded. -- Seneca The Younger
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We have been born under a monarchy; to obey God is freedom. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nothing is so false as human life, nothing so treacherous. God knows no one would have accepted it as a gift, if it had not been given without our knowledge. -- Seneca The Younger
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God never repents of what He has first resolved upon. -- Seneca The Younger
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The first petition that we are to make to Almighty God is for a good conscience, the next for health of mind, and then of body. -- Seneca The Younger
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Live among others as if God beheld you; speak to God as if others were listening. -- Seneca The Younger
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I know that nothing comes to pass but what God appoints; our fate is decreed, and things do not happen by chance, but every man's portion of joy and sorrow is predetermined. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are born subjects, and to obey God is perfect liberty. He that does this shall be free, safe and happy. -- Seneca The Younger
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When God has once begun to throw down the prosperous, He overthrows them altogether: such is the end of the mighty. -- Seneca The Younger
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In every good man a God doth dwell. -- Seneca The Younger
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We pray for trifles without so much as a thought of the greatest blessings; and we are not ashamed many times, to ask God for that which we should blush to own to our neighbor. -- Seneca The Younger
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Behold a contest worthy of a god, a brave man matched in conflict with adversity. -- Seneca The Younger
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The chief bond of the soldier is his oath of allegiance and love for the flag. -- Seneca The Younger
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Persistent kindness conquers the ill-disposed. -- Seneca The Younger
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Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing. -- Seneca The Younger
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Who needs forgiveness, should the same extend with readiness. -- Seneca The Younger
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A dwarf can stand on a mountain, he's no taller. -- Seneca The Younger
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Many men provoke others to overreach them by excessive suspicion; their extraordinary distrust in some sort justifies the deceit. -- Seneca The Younger
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Misfortunes, in fine, cannot be avoided; but they may be sweetened, if not overcome, and our lives made happy by philosophy. -- Seneca The Younger
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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. -- Seneca The Younger
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Fidelity bought with money is overcome by money. -- Seneca The Younger
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Life is a play.It's not its length,but its performance that counts. -- Seneca The Younger
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Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who forbids not sin when he may, commands it -- Seneca The Younger
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A man who examines the saddle and bridle and not the animal itself when he is out to buy a horse is a fool; similarly, only an absolute fool values a man according to his clothes, or according to his position, which after all is only something we wear like clothing. -- Seneca The Younger
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An age builds up cities: an hour destroys them. -- Seneca The Younger
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We gain so much by quickness, and lose so much by slowness. -- Seneca The Younger
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I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that which I ought to lead. I follow it at a mighty distance, crawling -- Seneca The Younger
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Those alone are wise who know how to love. -- Seneca The Younger
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A man who has taken your time recognises no debt; yet it is the one he can never repay. -- Seneca The Younger
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Death either destroys or unhusks us. If it means liberation, better things await us when our burden s gone: if destruction, nothing at all awaits us; blessings and curses are abolished. -- Seneca The Younger
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The soul has this proof of divinity: that divine things delight it. -- Seneca The Younger
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A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting, carefree happiness. -- Seneca The Younger
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The intellect must not be kept at consistent tension, but diverted by pastimes ... The mind must have relaxation, and will rise stronger and keener after recreation. -- Seneca The Younger
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The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest. -- Seneca The Younger
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The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one. -- Seneca The Younger
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The voice is nothing but beaten air. -- Seneca The Younger
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To make another person hold his tongue, be you first silent. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let not the enjoyment of pleasures now within your grasp, be carried to such excess as to incapacitate you from future repetition. -- Seneca The Younger
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Man's ideal state is realized when he has fulfilled the purpose for which he is born. And what is it that reason demands of him? Something very easy-that he live in accordance with his own nature. -- Seneca The Younger
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The wise man then followed a simple way of life-which is hardly surprising when you consider how even in this modern age he seeks to be as little encumbered as he possibly can. -- Seneca The Younger
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If thou wishest to get rid of thy evil propensities, thou must keep far from evil companions. -- Seneca The Younger
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Every journey has an end. -- Seneca The Younger
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The wise man will always reflect concerning the quality not the quantity of life. -- Seneca The Younger
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The wise man lacked nothing but needed a great number of things, whereas the fool, on the other hand, needs nothing (for he does not know how to use anything) but lacks everything. -- Seneca The Younger
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No man ever became wise by chance. -- Seneca The Younger
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The proper amount of wealth is that which neither descends to poverty nor is far distant from it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Money does all things for reward. Some are pious and honest as long as they thrive upon it, but if the devil himself gives better wages, they soon change their party. -- Seneca The Younger
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To err is human. To repeat error is of the Devil. -- Seneca The Younger
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Death's the discharge of our debt of sorrow. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is safer to offend certain men than it is to oblige them; for as proof that they owe nothing they seek recourse in hatred. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is within the power of every man to live his life nobly, but of no man to live forever. Yet so many of us hope that life will go on forever, and so few aspire to live nobly. -- Seneca The Younger
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That poverty is no disaster is understood by everyone who has not yet succumbed to the madness of greed and luxury that turns everything topsy-turvy. -- Seneca The Younger
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The whole duty of man is embraced in the two principles of abstinence and patience: temperance in prosperity, and patient courage in adversity. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is not poverty that we praise, it is the man whom poverty cannot humble or bend. -- Seneca The Younger
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Light griefs are plaintive , but great ones are dumb -- Seneca The Younger
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I am not born from a single place. My country is the whole world. -- Seneca The Younger
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There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude: confidence in self. -- Seneca The Younger
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Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are more easily led part by part to an understanding of the whole. -Facilius per partes in cognitionem totius adducimur -- Seneca The Younger
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All we see and admire today will burn in the universal fire that ushers in a new, just, happy world. -- Seneca The Younger
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We haven't time to spare to hear whether it was between Italy and Sicily that he ran into a storm or somewhere outside the world we know-when every day we're running into our own storms, spiritual storms, and driven by vice into all the troubles that Ulysses ever knew. -- Seneca The Younger
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It's the admirer and the watcher who provoke us to all the inanities we commit. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is one thing to remember, another to know. To remember is to safeguard something entrusted to the memory. But to know is to make each thing one's own, not depend on the text and always to look back to the teacher. "Zeno said this, Cleanthes said this." Let there be space between you and the book. -- Seneca The Younger
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Our Creator shall continue to dwell above the sky, and that is where those on earth will end their thanksgiving. -- Seneca The Younger
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Although a man has so well purged his mind that nothing can trouble or deceive him any more, yet he reached his present innocence through sin. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is the fault of youth that it cannot restrain its own impetuosity. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy. -- Seneca The Younger
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As fate is inexorable, and not to be moved either with tears or reproaches, an excess of sorrow is as foolish as profuse laughter; while, on the other hand, not to mourn at all is insensibility. -- Seneca The Younger
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Self-denial is the best riches. -- Seneca The Younger
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The fates lead the willing, and drag the unwilling. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable. -- Seneca The Younger
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The velocity with which time flies is infinite, as is most apparent to those who look back. -- Seneca The Younger
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A large library is apt to distract rather than to instruct the learner; it is much better to be confined to a few authors than to wander at random over many. -- Seneca The Younger
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If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living. -- Seneca The Younger
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All my life I have been seeking to climb out of the pit of my besetting sins and I cannot do it and I never will unless a hand is let down to draw me up. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who fears from near at hand often fears less. -- Seneca The Younger
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Life is short and art is long. -- Seneca The Younger
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For men in a state of freedom had thatch for their shelter, while slavery dwells beneath marble and gold. -- Seneca The Younger
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You cease to be afraid when you cease to hope; for hope is accompanied by fear. -- Seneca The Younger
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Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business, and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. -- Seneca The Younger
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Fortune's not content with knocking a man down; she sends him spinning head over heels, crash upon crash. -- Seneca The Younger
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We have lost morals, justice, honor, piety and faith, and that sense of shame which, once lost, can never be restored. -- Seneca The Younger
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We have not to talk, but to steer the vessel. -- Seneca The Younger
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Four things does a reckless man gain who covets his neighbor's wife - demerit, an uncomfortable bed, thirdly, punishment, and lastly, hell. -- Seneca The Younger
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The stomach begs and clamors, and listens to no precepts. And yet it is not an obdurate creditor; for it is dismissed with small payment if you give it only what you owe, and not as much as you can. -- Seneca The Younger
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That which we are not permitted to have we delight in; that which we can have is disregarded. -- Seneca The Younger
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One must take all one's life to learn how to leave, and what will perhaps make you wonder more, one must take all one's life to learn how to die. -- Seneca The Younger
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Virtue is shut out from no one; she is open to all, accepts all, invites all, gentlemen, freedmen, slaves, kings, and exiles; she selects neither house nor fortune; she is satisfied with a human being without adjuncts. -- Seneca The Younger
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The best cure for anger is delay. -- Seneca The Younger
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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? -- Seneca The Younger
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The way to good conduct is never too late. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is not how many books thou hast, but how good; careful reading profiteth, while that which is full of variety delighteth. -- Seneca The Younger
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What view is one likely to take of the state of a person's mind when his speech is wild and incoherent and knows no constraint? -- Seneca The Younger
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Power exercised with violence has seldom been of long duration ... -- Seneca The Younger
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It is the mind that makes us rich and happy, in what condition soever we are, and money signifies no more to it than it does to the gods. -- Seneca The Younger
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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. -- Seneca The Younger
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What you do for an ungrateful man is thrown away. -- Seneca The Younger
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True wisdom consists in not departing from nature and in molding our conduct according to her laws and model. -- Seneca The Younger
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Trifling trouble find utterance; deeply felt pangs are silent. -- Seneca The Younger
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So live with an inferior as you would wish a superior to live with you. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are born to lose and to perish, to hope and to fear, to vex ourselves and others; and there is no antidote against a common calamity but virtue; for the foundation of true joy is in the conscience. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is part of the cure to wish to be cured. -- Seneca The Younger
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Who timidly requests invites refusal. -- Seneca The Younger
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The voice of flattery affects us after it has ceased, just as after a concert men find some agreeable air ringing in their ears to the exclusion of all serious business. -- Seneca The Younger
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Not to feel one's misfortunes is not human, not to bear them is not manly. -- Seneca The Younger
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If wisdom were offered me with this restriction, that I should keep it close and not communicate it, I would refuse the gift. -- Seneca The Younger
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War I abhor, and yet how sweet The sound along the marching street Of drum and fife, and I forget Wet eyes of widows, and forget Broken old mothers, and the whole Dark butchery without a soul. -- Seneca The Younger
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Prudence and love cannot be mixed; you can end love, but never moderate it. -- Seneca The Younger
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A crowd of fellow-sufferers is a miserable kind of comfort. -- Seneca The Younger
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No wind blows in favor of a ship without direction. -- Seneca The Younger
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If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him. Ignoranti quem portum petat, nullus suus ventus est. -- Seneca The Younger
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A favor is to a grateful man delightful always; to an ungrateful man only once. -- Seneca The Younger
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To forgive all is as inhuman as to forgive none -- Seneca The Younger
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No one should feel pride in anything that is not his own. -- Seneca The Younger
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I will have a care of being a slave to myself, for it is a perpetual, a shameful, and the heaviest of all servitudes; and this may be done by moderate desires. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is nothing wrong with changing a plan when the situation has changed. -- Seneca The Younger
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He grieves more than is necessary who grieves before any cause for sorrow has arisen. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is no satisfaction in any good without a companion. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nothing is more hateful to wisdom than to much cunning. -- Seneca The Younger
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Freedom can't be kept for nothing. If you set a high value on liberty, you must set a low value on everything else. -- Seneca The Younger
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Speech is the index of the mind. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is by the benefit of letters that absent friends are in a manner brought together. -- Seneca The Younger
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Greatness stands upon a precipice, and if prosperity carries a man never so little beyond his poise, it overbears and dashes him to pieces. -- Seneca The Younger
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To rule yourself is the ultimate power -- Seneca The Younger
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Our life's a moment and less than a moment, but even this mite nature has mockingly humored with some appearance of a longer span. -- Seneca The Younger
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The key to getting everything you want is to never put all your begs in one ask-it! -- Seneca The Younger
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He may as well not thank at all, who thanks when none are by. -- Seneca The Younger
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Death is sometimes a punishment, often a gift; to many it has been a favor. -- Seneca The Younger
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Throughout the whole of life one must continue to learn to live and what will amaze you even more, throughout life you must learn to die. Seneca (Roman philosopher) -- Seneca The Younger
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A king is he who has laid fear aside and the base longings of an evil heart; whom ambition unrestrained and the fickle favor of the reckless mob move not. -- Seneca The Younger
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Haste trips up its own heels, fetters and stops itself. -- Seneca The Younger
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Fortune can take away riches, but not courage ... -- Seneca The Younger
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Whoever has nothing to hope, let him despair of nothing. -- Seneca The Younger
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You cannot, I repeat, successfully acquire it and preserve your modesty at the same time. -- Seneca The Younger
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Drunkenness doesn't create vices, but it brings them to the fore. -- Seneca The Younger
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The fearful face usually betrays great guilt. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nothing is so entirely admirable as a man bravely wretched. -- Seneca The Younger
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Anger, though concealed, is betrayed by the countenance. ?That anger is not warrantable which hath seen two suns. -- Seneca The Younger
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Forgive that you may be forgiven. -- Seneca The Younger
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No one's so old that he mayn't with decency hope for one more day. -- Seneca The Younger
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Expediency often silences justice. -- Seneca The Younger
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It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds. -- Seneca The Younger
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Calamity is virtue's opportunity. -- Seneca The Younger
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Plato once wanted to punish one of his slaves and asked his nephew to do the actual whipping for he himself did not own his anger. -- Seneca The Younger
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See what daily exercise does for one. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is for the superfluous we sweat. -- Seneca The Younger
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Life is most delightful on the downward slope. -- Seneca The Younger
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You find in some a sort of graceless modesty, that makes them ashamed to requite an obligation. -- Seneca The Younger
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The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it -- Seneca The Younger
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A great, a good, and a right mind is a kind of divinity lodged in flesh, and may be the blessing of a slave as well as of a prince: it came from heaven, and to heaven it must return; and it is a kind of heavenly felicity, which a pure and virtuous mind enjoys, in some degree, even upon earth. -- Seneca The Younger
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I am like a book, with pages that have stuck together for want of use: my mind needs unpacking and the truths stored within must be turned over from time to time, to be ready when occasion demands. -- Seneca The Younger
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There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness. -- Seneca The Younger
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He robs present ills of their power who has perceived their coming beforehand. -- Seneca The Younger
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Precepts are the rules by which we ought to square our lives. When they are contracted into sentences, they strike the affections; whereas admonition is only blowing of the coal. -- Seneca The Younger
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We learn not for life but for the debating-room. -- Seneca The Younger
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Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind. -- Seneca The Younger
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The articulate, trained voice is more distracting than mere noise. -- Seneca The Younger
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He is greedy of life who is not willing to die when the world is perishing around him. -- Seneca The Younger
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A benefit is estimated according to the mind of the giver. -- Seneca The Younger
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He that lays down precepts for the governing of our lives, and moderating our passions, obliges humanity not only in the present, but in all future generations. -- Seneca The Younger
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Every day, therefore, should be regulated as if it were the one that brings up the rear, the one that rounds out and completes our lives. -- Seneca The Younger
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A disease is farther on the road to being cured when it breaks forth from concealment and manifests its power. -- Seneca The Younger
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The tempest threatens before it comes; houses creak before they fall. -- Seneca The Younger
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The most imperious masters over their own servants are at the same time the most abject slaves to the servants of others. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nothing is more disgraceful than that an old man should have nothing to show to prove that he has lived long, except his years. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is nothing more miserable and foolish than anticipation. -- Seneca The Younger
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I do not sacrifice, but lend myself to business. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who does not want to die should not want to live. For life is tendered to us with the proviso of death. Life is the way to this destination. -- Seneca The Younger
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Now we are not merely to stick knowledge on to the soul: we must incorporate it into her; the soul should not be sprinkled with knowledge but steeped in it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Beauty is such a fleeting blossom, how can wisdom rely upon its momentary delight? -- Seneca The Younger
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If you expect the wise man to be as angry as the baseness of crimes requires, then he must not only be angry but go insane. -- Seneca The Younger
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Demand not that I am the equal of the greatest, only that I am better than the wicked. -- Seneca The Younger
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Life without literary studies is death. -- Seneca The Younger
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People do not die - they kill themselves. -- Seneca The Younger
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No man esteems anything that comes to him by chance; but when it is governed by reason, it brings credit both to the giver and receiver; whereas those favors are in some sort scandalous that make a man ashamed of his patron. -- Seneca The Younger
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Some lack the fickleness to live as they wish and just live as they have begun. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let tears flow of their own accord; their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is no genius free from some tincture of madness -- Seneca The Younger
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There in no one more unfortunate than the man who has never been unfortunate. for it has never been in his power to try himself. -- Seneca The Younger
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Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other. -- Seneca The Younger
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Our fears vanish as the danger approaches. -- Seneca The Younger
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No one can be despised by another until he has learned to despise himself. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are as answerable for what we give as for what we receive; nay, the misplacing of a benefit is worse than the not receiving of it; for the one is another person's fault, but the other is mine. -- Seneca The Younger
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Whatever we owe, it is our part to find where to pay it, and to do it without asking, too; for whether the creditor be good or bad, the debt is still the same. -- Seneca The Younger
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The miserable are sacred. -- Seneca The Younger
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The profit on a good action is to have done it. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is about wisdom a nobility and magnificence in the fact that she doesn't just fall to a person's lot, that each man owes her to his own efforts, that one doesn't go to anyone other than oneself to find her. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is more heroism in self-denial than in deeds of arms. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let us bear with magnanimity whatever it is needful for us to bear. -- Seneca The Younger
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Virtue depends partly upon training and partly upon practice; you must learn first, and then strengthen your learning by action. If this be true, not only do the doctrines of wisdom help us but the precepts also, which check and banish our emotions by a sort of official decree. -- Seneca The Younger
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Tota vita nihil aliud quam ad mortem iter est.
The whole of life is nothing but a journey to death. -- Seneca The Younger
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The greatest chastisement that a man may receive who hath outraged another, is to have done the outrage; and there is no man who is so rudely punished as he that is subject to the whip of his own repentance. -- Seneca The Younger
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Real improvement is of slow growth only. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let the man, who would be grateful, think of repaying a kindness, even while receiving it. -- Seneca The Younger
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No choice maxims - we Stoics don't practice that kind of window dressing. -- Seneca The Younger
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The deep waters of time will flow over us: only a few men of genius will lift a head above the surface, and though doomed eventually to pass into the same silence, will fight against oblivion and for a long time hold their own. -- Seneca The Younger
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As the world leads we follow. -- Seneca The Younger
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Men can be divided into 2 groups: one that goes ahead and achieves something, and one that comes after and criticizes. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. -- Seneca The Younger
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To the believers it is true.
To the wise it is false.
To the leaders it is useful. -- Seneca The Younger
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Epileptics know by signs when attacks are imminent and take precautions accordingly; we must do the same in regard to anger -- Seneca The Younger
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Truths open to everyone, and the claims aren't all staked yet. -- Seneca The Younger
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Refrain from following the example of those whose craving is for attention, not their own improvement. -- Seneca The Younger
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Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers. -- Seneca The Younger
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A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach, one that is willing to endure rough treatment. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nature ever provides for her own exigencies. -- Seneca The Younger
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The artist finds a greater pleasure in painting than in having completed the picture. -- Seneca The Younger
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The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy. -- Seneca The Younger
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The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena or essentially Too late. -- Seneca The Younger
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Do you desire not to be angry? Be not inquisitive. He who inquires what is said of him only works out his own misery. -- Seneca The Younger
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The fortune of war is always doubtful. -- Seneca The Younger
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If you are wise,
You will mingle one thing with the other-
Not hoping without doubt;
Not doubting without hope. -- Seneca The Younger
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When once ambition has passed its natural limits, its progress is boundless. -- Seneca The Younger
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Tis a human trait to hate one you have wronged -- Seneca The Younger
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All things are cause for either laughter or weeping. -- Seneca The Younger
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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. -- Seneca The Younger
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If you live according to nature, you never will be poor; if according to the world's caprice, you will never be rich. -- Seneca The Younger
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Tranqility is a certain quality of mind, which no condition or fortune can either exalt or depress. -- Seneca The Younger
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A good person dyes events with his own color ... and turns whatever happens to his own benefit. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who seeks wisdom is a wise man; he who thinks he has found it is mad. -- Seneca The Younger
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Don't stumble over something behind you. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who blushes at riding in a rattletrap, will boast when he rides in style. -- Seneca The Younger
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Democracy is more cruel than wars or tyrants. -- Seneca The Younger
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I have withdrawn not only from men, but from affairs, especially my own affairs; I am working for later generations, writing down some ideas that may be of assistance to them. -- Seneca The Younger
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He that by harshness of nature rules his family with an iron hand is as truly a tyrant as he who misgoverns a nation. -- Seneca The Younger
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To live is not a blessing, but to live well. -- Seneca The Younger
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No possession is gratifying without a companion. -- Seneca The Younger
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Light cares cry out; the great ones still are dumb. -- Seneca The Younger
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The Best sign of Wisdom is the consistency between the words and deeds ... -- Seneca The Younger
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Teach the art of living well. -- Seneca The Younger
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Principles are like seeds; they are little things which do much good, if the mind that receives them has the right attitudes. -- Seneca The Younger
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Rehearse death. To say this is to tell a person to rehearse his freedom. A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave. He is above, or at any rate, beyond the reach of, all political powers. -- Seneca The Younger
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Philosophy's power to blunt all the blows of circumstance is beyond belief. -- Seneca The Younger
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He, who will not pardon others, must not himself expect pardon. -- Seneca The Younger
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Where silence is not allowed, what then is permissible? -- Seneca The Younger
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Successful villany is called virtue. -- Seneca The Younger
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When one is friend on himself, also is friend of everybody ... -- Seneca The Younger
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He shows a greater mind who does not restrain his laughter, than he who does not deny his tears. -- Seneca The Younger
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Human affairs are like a chess-game: only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players. Life is like an earthen pot: only when it is shattered, does it manifest its emptiness. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let us ask what is best - not what is customary. Let us love temperance - let us be just - let us refrain from bloodshed. -- Seneca The Younger
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To preserve the life of citizens, is the greatest virtue in the father of his country. -- Seneca The Younger
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You must know for which harbor you are headed, if you are to catch the right wind to take you there. -- Seneca The Younger
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A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the study of so vast a subject. A time will come when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them. -- Seneca The Younger
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Lightning will wreck its displeasures not only upon pillars, trees, and sheep, but upon altars and temples, and let the sacrilegious go free. -- Seneca The Younger
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Where reason fails, time oft has worked a cure. -- Seneca The Younger
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The things which we hold in our hands, which we see with our eyes, and which our avarice hugs, are transitory, they may be taken from us by ill luck or by violence; but a kindness lasts even after the loss of that by means of which it was bestowed; for it is a good deed, which no violence can undo. -- Seneca The Younger
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How can a thing possibly govern others when it cannot be governed itself? -- Seneca The Younger
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It is extreme evil to depart from the company of the living before you die. -- Seneca The Younger
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Long is the road to learning by precepts, but short and successful by examples. -- Seneca The Younger
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Drunkenness is nothing but a self-induced state of insanity. -- Seneca The Younger
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Brother, the Great Spirit has made us all ... -- Seneca The Younger
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Freedom can't be bought for nothing. If you hold her precious, you must hold all else of little worth. -- Seneca The Younger
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True joy is a serene and sober motion; and they are miserably out so that take laughing for rejoicing; the seat of it is within, and there is no cheerfulness like the resolutions of a brave mind. -- Seneca The Younger
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No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. -- Seneca The Younger
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When thou hast profited so much that thou respectest even thyself, thou mayst let go thy tutor. -- Seneca The Younger
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The world itself is too small for the covetous. -- Seneca The Younger
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As gratitude is a necessary, and a glorious virtue, so also it is an obvious, a cheap, and an easy one; so obvious that wherever there is life there is a place for it; so cheap, that the covetous man may be gratified without expense, and so easy that the sluggard may be so likewise without labor. -- Seneca The Younger
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To be enslaved to oneself is the heaviest of all servitudes.- -- Seneca The Younger
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It is well to be born either a king or a fool. -- Seneca The Younger
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His head was turned by too great success. -- Seneca The Younger
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Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art. -- Seneca The Younger
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Some cures are worse than the dangers they combat. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it. -- Seneca The Younger
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As many servants so many enemies. -- Seneca The Younger
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To meditate an injury is to commit one. -- Seneca The Younger
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The friends of the unfortunate live a long way off. -- Seneca The Younger
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I am telling you to be a slow-speaking person. -- Seneca The Younger
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Retirement without literary amusements is death itself, and a living tomb. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who has fostered the sweet poison of love by fondling it, finds it too late to refuse the yoke which he has of his own accord assumed. -- Seneca The Younger
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Indolence is stagnation; employment is life. -- Seneca The Younger
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It's in the very trickery that it pleases me. But show me how the trick is done, and I have lost my interest therein. -- Seneca The Younger
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The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them. -- Seneca The Younger
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Everything may happen. -- Seneca The Younger
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Accustom yourself to that which you bear ill, and you will bear it well. -- Seneca The Younger
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The greatest man is he who chooses right with the most invincible resolution. -- Seneca The Younger
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Poverty with joy isn't poverty at all. The poor man is not one who has little, but one who hankers after more. -- Seneca The Younger
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Bear in mind that you commit a crime by injuring even a wicked brother. -- Seneca The Younger
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The state of that man's mind who feels too intense an interest as to future events, must be most deplorable. -- Seneca The Younger
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Be harsh with yourself at times. -- Seneca The Younger
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The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual. -- Seneca The Younger
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Men trust their eyes rather than their ears; the road by precept is long and tedious, by example short and effectual. -- Seneca The Younger
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How much does great prosperity overspread the mind with darkness. -- Seneca The Younger
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You should keep on learning as long as there is something you do not know. -- Seneca The Younger
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Anger is like a ruin, which, in falling upon its victim, breaks itself to pieces. -- Seneca The Younger
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I was shipwrecked before I got aboard. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let him who has given a favor be silent; let he who has received it tell it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Fine conduct is always spontaneous. -- Seneca The Younger
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Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation. -- Seneca The Younger
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Wisdom comes to no one by chance. -- Seneca The Younger
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Remove severe restraint and what will become of virtue? -- Seneca The Younger
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Some there are that torment themselves afresh with the memory of what is past; others, again, afflict themselves with the apprehension of evils to come; and very ridiculously both - for the one does not now concern us, and the other not yet ... One should count each day as a separate life. -- Seneca The Younger
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Life without the courage to die is slavery. -- Seneca The Younger
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If we desire to judge justly, we must persuade ourselves that none of us is without sin. -- Seneca The Younger
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The whole discord of this world consists in discords. -- Seneca The Younger
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Money has yet to make anyone rich. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is rash to condemn where you are ignorant. -- Seneca The Younger
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A good mind is a lord of a kingdom. -- Seneca The Younger
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Death takes us piecemeal, not at a gulp. -- Seneca The Younger
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While crime is punished it yet increases. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it. -- Seneca The Younger
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The man who thinks only of his own generation is born for few. -- Seneca The Younger
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How many discoveries are reserved for the ages to come when our memory shall be no more, for this world of ours contains matter for investigation for all generations. -- Seneca The Younger
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Why will no man confess his faults? Because he continues to indulge in them; a man cannot tell his dream till he wakes. -- Seneca The Younger
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You will die not because you're ill, but because you're alive. -- Seneca The Younger
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Virtue hath no virtue if it be not impugned; then appeareth how great it is, of what value and power it is, when by patience it approveth what it works. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let the weary at length possess quiet rest. -- Seneca The Younger
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Virtue is that perfect good, which is the complement of a happy life; the only immortal thing that belongs to mortality. -- Seneca The Younger
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How much better to pursue a straight course and eventually reach that destination where the things that are pleasant are the things that are honorable finally become, for you, the same. -- Seneca The Younger
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Full of men, vacant of friends. -- Seneca The Younger
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We deliberate about the parcels of life, but not about life itself, and so we arrive all unawares at its different epochs, and have the trouble of beginning all again. And so finally it is that we do not walk as men confidently towards death, but let death come suddenly upon us. -- Seneca The Younger
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Precepts are like seeds; they are little things which do much good; if the mind which receives them has a disposition, it must not be doubted that his part contributes to the generation, and adds much to that which has been collected. -- Seneca The Younger
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Fear drives the wretched to prayer -- Seneca The Younger
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Elegance is not an ornament worthy of man. -- Seneca The Younger
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You have to persevere and fortify your pertinacity until the will to good becomes a disposition to good. -- Seneca The Younger
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The shortest road to wealth lies in the contempt of wealth. -- Seneca The Younger
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Luck is preparation multiplied by opportunity. -- Seneca The Younger
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The best way to do good to ourselves is to do it to others; the right way to gather is to scatter. -- Seneca The Younger
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The man who while he gives thinks of what he will get in return, deserves to be deceived. -- Seneca The Younger
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To see a man fearless in dangers, untainted with lusts, happy in adversity, composed in a tumult, and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared, all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body. -- Seneca The Younger
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Whenever you hold a fellow creature in distress, remember that he is a man. -- Seneca The Younger
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No one can hold absolute power for long, controlled power endures. -- Seneca The Younger
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Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. -- Seneca The Younger
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When you see a man in distress, recognize him as a fellow man. -- Seneca The Younger
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Anyone can stop a man's life, but no one his death; a thousand doors open on to it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Life without the courage for death is slavery. -- Seneca The Younger
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Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor -- Seneca The Younger
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There exists no more difficult art than living. -- Seneca The Younger
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Modesty once extinguished knows not how to return. -- Seneca The Younger
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Eternal law has arranged nothing better than this, that it has given us one way in to life, but many ways out. -- Seneca The Younger
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Leisure without study is death, and the grave of a living man. -- Seneca The Younger
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Luck never made a man wise. -- Seneca The Younger
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Drunkenness is nothing else but a voluntary madness. -- Seneca The Younger
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The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution -- Seneca The Younger
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We should have a bond of sympathy for all sentient beings, knowing that only the depraved and base take pleasure in the sight of blood and suffering. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are taught for the schoolroom not for life -- Seneca The Younger
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Before old age I took care to live well; in old age I take care to die well; but to die well is to die willingly. -- Seneca The Younger
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We must take care to live not merely a long life, but a full one; for living a long life requires only good fortune, but living a full life requires character. Long is the life that is fully lived; it is fulfilled only when the mind supplies its own good qualities and empowers itself from within. -- Seneca The Younger
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Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is equally a fault to believe all men or to believe none. -- Seneca The Younger
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As long as you live, learn how to live. -- Seneca The Younger
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The swiftness of time is infinite, as is still more evident when we look back on the past. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is a tedious thing to be always beginning life; they live badly who always begin to live. -- Seneca The Younger
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Take away ambition and vanity, and where will be your heroes and patriots? -- Seneca The Younger
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Humanity is fortunate, because no man is unhappy except by his own fault. -- Seneca The Younger
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No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. Thou must live for another, if thou wishest to live for thyself. -- Seneca The Younger
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The most miserable mortals are they that deliver themselves up to their palates, or to their lusts; the pleasure is short, and turns presently nauseous, and the end of it is either shame or repentance. -- Seneca The Younger
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The Germans, a race eager for war. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is nothing which persevering effort and unceasing and diligent care cannot accomplish. -- Seneca The Younger
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One hand washes the other. -- Seneca The Younger
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People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness they still remain in his debt. -- Seneca The Younger
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A young man respects and looks up to his teachers. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is never too late to turn from the errors of our ways: He who repents of his sins is almost innocent. -- Seneca The Younger
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Dissembling profiteth nothing; a feigned countenance, and slightly forged externally, deceiveth but very few. -- Seneca The Younger
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If sensuality were happiness, beasts were happier than men; but human felicity is lodged in the soul, not in the flesh. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is no evil that does not promise inducements. Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause. Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer. -- Seneca The Younger
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Hardly a man will you find who could live with his door open. -- Seneca The Younger
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I shall never be ashamed to quote a bad author if what he says is good. -- Seneca The Younger
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To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind. -- Seneca The Younger
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Revenge is an inhuman word. -- Seneca The Younger
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Fortune dreads the brave, and is only terrible to the coward. -- Seneca The Younger
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Freedom is not being a slave to any circumstance, to any constraint, to any chance; it means compelling Fortune to enter the lists on equal terms. -- Seneca The Younger
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I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man. -- Seneca The Younger
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That loss is most discreditable which is caused by negligence. -- Seneca The Younger
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Time is the greatest remedy for anger. -- Seneca The Younger
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How much longer are you going to be a pupil? From now on do some teaching as well. -- Seneca The Younger
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Genius has never been accepted without a measure of condonement. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who is penitent is almost innocent. -- Seneca The Younger
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Do the best you can ... enjoy the present ... rest satisfied with what you have. -- Seneca The Younger
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No one can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Watch over yourself. Be your own accuser, then your judge; ask yourself grace sometimes, and, if there is need, impose upon yourself some pain. -- Seneca The Younger
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Learn how to feel joy. -- Seneca The Younger
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The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed -- Seneca The Younger
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Its harder for people to seek retirement from themselves than from the law -- Seneca The Younger
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It is to the interest of the commonwealth of mankind that there should be someone who is unconquered, someone against whom fortune has no power. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is never too late to learn what is always necessary to know. -- Seneca The Younger
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A consciousness of wrongdoing is the first step to salvation ... you have to catch yourself doing it before you can correct it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Adversity finds at last the man whom she has often passed by. -- Seneca The Younger
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What is more insane than to vent on senseless things the anger that is felt towards men? -- Seneca The Younger
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Pain, scorned by yonder gout-ridden wretch, endured by yonder dyspeptic in the midst of his dainties, borne bravely by the girl in travail. Slight thou art, if I can bear thee, short thou art if I cannot bear thee! -- Seneca The Younger
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Nobody will keep the thing he hears to himself, and nobody will repeat just what he hears and no more. -- Seneca The Younger
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Life's neither a good nor an evil: it's a field for good and evil. -- Seneca The Younger
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[During difficult times and after mistakes and failures it is helpful to remember ... ] Oftentimes calamity turns to our advantage and great ruins make way for greater glories. -- Seneca The Younger
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The customs of that most criminal nation (Israel) have gained such strength that they have now been received in all lands. The conquered have given laws to the conquerors. -- Seneca The Younger
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No crime has been without a precedent. -- Seneca The Younger
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Our posterity will wonder about our ignorance of things so plain. -- Seneca The Younger
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A hated government does not long survive. -- Seneca The Younger
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Go on and increase in valor, O boy! this is the path to immortality. -- Seneca The Younger
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To lose a friend is the greatest of all evils, but endeavour rather to rejoice that you possessed him than to mourn his loss. -- Seneca The Younger
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The hour which gives us life begins to take it away. -- Seneca The Younger
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The poor are not the people with less, which is less desirable -- Seneca The Younger
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Apples taste sweetest when they're going. -- Seneca The Younger
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The wise man lives as long as he should, not just as long as he likes. -- Seneca The Younger
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When modesty has once perished, it will never revive. -- Seneca The Younger
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Who shrinks from knowledge of his calamities but aggravates his fear; troubles half seen, shall torture all the more. -- Seneca The Younger
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Find a path or make one. -- Seneca The Younger
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Men trust rather to their eyes than to their ears; the effect of precepts is therefore slow and tedious, whilst that of examples is summary and effectual. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is the practice of the multitude to bark at eminent men, as little dogs do at strangers. -- Seneca The Younger
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Fate rules the affairs of men, with no recognizable order. -- Seneca The Younger
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Such as the chain of causes we call Fate, such is the chain of wishes: one links on to another; the whole man is bound in the chain of wishing for ever. -- Seneca The Younger
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The philosopher: he alone knows how to live for himself. He is the one, in fact, who knows the fundamental thing: how to live. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is sweet to mingle tears with tears; Griefs, where they wound in solitude, Wound more deeply. -- Seneca The Younger
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If you don't know what port you are sailing to, no wind is favourable. -- Seneca The Younger
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That comes too late that comes for the asking. -- Seneca The Younger
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Our (the Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature. -- Seneca The Younger
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A foolishness is inflicted with a hatred of itself. -- Seneca The Younger
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Leave in concealment what has long been concealed. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living; there is nothing harder to learn. -- Seneca The Younger
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Abstinence is easier than temperance. -- Seneca The Younger
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No man is free who is a slave to the flesh. -- Seneca The Younger
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We are all sinful. Therefore whatever we blame in another we shall find in our own bosoms. -- Seneca The Younger
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Who-only let him be a man and intent upon honor-is not eager for the honorable ordeal and prompt to assume perilous duties? To what energetic man is not idleness a punishment? -- Seneca The Younger
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All that lies betwixt the cradle and the grave is uncertain. -- Seneca The Younger
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We live not according to reason, but according to fashion. -- Seneca The Younger
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He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing! -- Seneca The Younger
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We should live as if we were in public view, and think, too, as if someone could peer into the inmost recesses of our hearts-which someone can! -- Seneca The Younger
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If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it to yourself. -- Seneca The Younger
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Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. -- Seneca The Younger
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Concealed anger is to be feared; but hatred openly manifested destroys its chance of revenge. -- Seneca The Younger
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It's a vice to trust all, and equally a vice to trust none. -- Seneca The Younger
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The language of truth is unvarnished enough. -- Seneca The Younger
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No book can be so good, as to be profitable when negligently read. -- Seneca The Younger
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Unjust dominion cannot be eternal. -- Seneca The Younger
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The mind is a matter over every kind of fortune; itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery. -- Seneca The Younger
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Lack of desire is the greatest riches. -- Seneca The Younger
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The person you are matters more than the place to which you go. -- Seneca The Younger
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A lesson that is never learned can never be too often taught. -- Seneca The Younger
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Those who pass their lives in foreign travel find they contract many ties of hospitality, but form no friendships. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who begs timidly courts a refusal. -- Seneca The Younger
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What does reason demand of a man? A very easy thing-to live in accord with his own nature. -- Seneca The Younger
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Reason wishes that the judgement it gives be just; anger wishes that the judgement it has given seem to be just. -- Seneca The Younger
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My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach. -- Seneca The Younger
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Some pretend want of power to make a competent return; and you shall find in others a kind of graceless modesty, that makes a man ashamed of requiting an obligation, because it is a confession that he has received one. -- Seneca The Younger
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There is no evil without its compensation. -- Seneca The Younger
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Those whom true love has held, it will go on holding. -- Seneca The Younger
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Many things have fallen only to rise higher. -- Seneca The Younger
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Successful crime is dignified with the name of virtue; the good become the slaves of the wicked; might makes right; fear silences the power of the law. -- Seneca The Younger
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Levity of behavior is the bane of all that is good and virtuous. -- Seneca The Younger
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Epicurus says, "gratitude is a virtue that has commonly profit annexed to it." And where is the virtue that has not? But still the virtue is to be valued for itself, and not for the profit that attends it. -- Seneca The Younger
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Just where death is expecting you is something we cannot know; so, for your part, expect him everywhere. -- Seneca The Younger
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He who would arrive at the appointed end must follow a single road and not wander through many ways. -- Seneca The Younger
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It goes far toward making a man faithful to let him understand that you think him so; and he that does but suspect I will deceive him, gives me a sort of right to do so. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is easier to grow in dignity than to make a start. -- Seneca The Younger
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If I only have the will to be grateful, I am so. -- Seneca The Younger
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How great would be our peril if our slaves began to number us! -- Seneca The Younger
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He who tenders doubtful safety to those in trouble refuses it. -- Seneca The Younger
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It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example. -- Seneca The Younger
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Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received. -- Seneca The Younger
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Philosophy is the health of the mind. -- Seneca The Younger
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The book-keeping of benefits is simple: it is all expenditure; if any one returns it, that is clear gain; if he does not return it, it is not lost, I gave it for the sake of giving. -- Seneca The Younger
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What progress have I made? I am beginning to be my own friend. That is progress indeed -- Seneca The Younger
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He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes. -- Seneca The Younger
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Why does no one confess his sins? Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams. -- Seneca The Younger
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The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error. -- Seneca The Younger
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I had rather never receive a kindness than never bestow one. -- Seneca The Younger
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Unjust rule does not last forever. -- Seneca The Younger
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Human society is like an arch, kept from falling by the mutual pressure of its parts -- Seneca The Younger
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Men learn while they teach. -- Seneca The Younger
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The great pilot can sail even when his canvass is rent. -- Seneca The Younger
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Small sorrows speak great ones are silent. -- Seneca The Younger
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Death falls heavily on that man who, known too well to others, dies in ignorance of himself. -- Seneca The Younger
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The fear of war is worse than war itself. -- Seneca The Younger
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If virtue precede us every step will be safe. -- Seneca The Younger
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The anger of those in authority is always weighty. -- Seneca The Younger
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Let no man give advice to others that he has not first given himself. -- Seneca The Younger
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He sins not, who is not wilfully a sinner. -- Seneca The Younger
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The Fates guide those who go willingly. Those who do not, they drag. -- Seneca The Younger
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One who's our friend is fond of us; one who's fond of us isn't necessarily our friend. -- Seneca The Younger
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Every change of place becomes a delight. -- Seneca The Younger