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Top quotes by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca's top quotes. 'True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.' '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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True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.


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


Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.


The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.


For greed all nature is too little.


Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.


Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.


The wish for healing has always been half of health.


It is quality rather than quantity that matters.


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


The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns.


We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.


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


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


Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.


If you wished to be loved, love.


Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.


Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.


One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.



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