Seneca Quotes On to Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life

Seneca quotes are a great way to start the day. They provide a dose of wisdom and perspective that can help you get focused and get moving. Here are a few of my favorites to help get you started.

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  • Seneca Biography and Legacy
  • 80 Seneca Quotes

Who was Seneca?

Seneca was a powerful Roman philosopher who had a great influence on the development of Stoicism. He was born in 4 BC and lived until 65 AD. He was a tutor to Nero, the emperor of Rome, and was also an advisor to him. 

Seneca was greatly respected by the people of Rome, and his teachings have been passed down through the centuries.

He wrote a number of philosophical works on topics such as ethics and morality. In his works, Seneca emphasises the importance of living a good life, and avoiding needless suffering. He is considered to be one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

He believed that we should live in harmony with our surroundings, and that we should always act with justice and integrity.

His work is still studied and admired today, and his ideas continue to influence the way we think about life and philosophy.

The legacy of Seneca is one of wisdom and virtue. He was a great philosopher and teacher, and his teachings continue to influence people to this day. He was known for his insight and his ability to see the big picture.

He also had a great sense of humor, which endeared him to many people. He was a great role model, and his teachings continue to inspire people to lead virtuous lives.

80 Seneca Quotes

  1. “Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool ”

2. “He who is brave is free”

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

4. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

5. “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

6. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”

7. “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.”

8. “Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”

9. “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality”

10. “It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

11. “Leisure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.”

12. “The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.”

13. “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

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14. “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”

15. “It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.”

16. “It is of course better to know useless things than to know nothing.”

17. “If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according what others think, you will never be rich.”

18. “He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.”

19. “Life is long if you know how to use it.”

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

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

22. “Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.”

23. “We learn not in the school, but in life.”

24. “All cruelty springs from weakness.”

25. “No man was ever wise by chance”

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

27. “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”

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

29. “Withdraw into yourself, as far as you can. Associate with those who will make a better man of you. Welcome those whom you yourself can improve. The process is mutual; for men learn while they teach.”

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

31. “You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire”

32. “If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”

33. “While we wait for life, life passes”

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

35. “Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.”

36. “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

37. “There is no genius without a touch of madness.”

38. “It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.”

39. “What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.”

40. “It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and -what will perhaps make you wonder more – it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.”

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

42. “Only time can heal what reason cannot.”

43. “It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example.”

44. “It is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it.”

45. “Gold tests with fire, woman with gold, man with woman”

46. “People who know no self-restraint lead stormy and disordered lives, passing their time in a state of fear commensurate with the injuries they do to others, never able to relax.”

47. “Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”

48. “Often a very old man has no other proof of his long life than his age.”

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

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

51. “To win true freeedom you must be a slave to philosophy.”

52. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

53. “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality”

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54. “Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.”

55. “No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity”

56. “No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself”

57. “Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”

58. “It is not the man who has too little that is poor, but the one who hankers after more.”

59. “But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.”

60. “Whatever can happen at any time can happen today.”

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

62. “You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.”

63. “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”

64. “He who spares the wicked injures the good.”

65. “Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”

66. “The part of life we really live is small.’ For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.”

67. “Everyone prefers belief to the exercise of judgement.”

68. “There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with”

69. “True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient.”

70. “But when you are looking on anyone as a friend when you do not trust him as you trust yourself, you are making a grave mistake, and have failed to grasp sufficiently the full force of true friendship.”

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71. “What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water?”

72. “If we could be satisfied with anything, we should have been satisfied long ago.”

73. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for crisis.”

74. “When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”

75. “Philosophy calls for simple living, not for doing penance, and the simple way of life need not be a crude one.”

76. “Men do not care how nobly they live, but only for how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.”

77. “If what you have seems insufficient to you, then though you possess the world, you will yet be miserable.”

78. “Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness”

79. “It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence”

80. “We must indulge the mind and from time to time allow it the leisure which is its food and strength.”

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