Seneca Quotes and Sayings

Seneca Roman dramatist, philosopher, & politician (5 BC - 65 AD)

Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening. ~Seneca

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. ~Seneca

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. ~Seneca

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. ~Seneca

One should count each day a separate life. ~Seneca

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

While we are postponing, life speeds by. ~Seneca

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. ~Seneca

Everything may happen. (Omnio fieri possent.) ~Seneca

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. ~Seneca

He who boasts of his ancestry is praising the deeds of another. ~Seneca

While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned. ~Seneca

Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment. ~Seneca

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

Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other. ~Seneca

Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it. ~Seneca

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. ~Seneca

Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy. ~Seneca

Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony. ~Seneca

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. ~Seneca