Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Ancient Rome
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Philosopher / Statesman


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The part of life which we really live is short
All things are to be hoped by a man as long as he is alive
It is bad to live for necessity; but there is no necessity to live in necessity
He knows that the man is overcome ingloriously, who is overcome without danger
Virtue withers away if it has no opposition
Calamity is virtue's opportunity
He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself
We are all sinful. Therefore whatever we blame in another we shall find in our own bosoms
Nature has given us the seeds of knowledge, not knowledge itself
No age is shut against great genius
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."