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Lucius Anneus Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD ,  Roman philosopher
SenecaLucius Annaeus Seneca, often known simply as Seneca, or Seneca the Younger, was a Roman philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and humorist. He was son of Seneca the Elder.
As a tragedian, he is best-known for his Medea and Thyestes. He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero.

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

Some laws are not written, but are more decisive than any written law.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

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

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

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

Fire tries gold, misfortune tries brave men.

Do not hope without despair, or despair without hope.

Our lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty. The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.

Just as an enemy is more dangerous to a retreating army, so every trouble that fortune brings attacks us all the harder if we yield and turn our backs.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.

Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

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

Who profits by a sin has done the sin.

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

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

Latin Quotes

Truth hates delay.

Veritas odit moras.

The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena.

Gladiator in arena consilium capit.

No one is able to rule unless he is also able to be ruled.

Nemo autem regere potest nisi qui et regi.

If you wish to be loved, love.

Si vis amari, ama.

No one is without fault.

Nemo sine vitio est.

The cause of fear is ignorance.

Timendi causa est nescire.

Let us live, since we must die.

Vivamus, moriendum est.

A great fortune is a great slavery.

Magna servitus est magna fortuna.

What fools these mortals be!

Tanta stultitia mortalium est.


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