Seneca Quotations


A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

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

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.

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

Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art.

No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble; the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us.

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

One who's our friend is fond of us; one who's fond of us isn't necessarily our friend.

Other men's sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs.

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

The foremost art of kings is the power to endure hatred.

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

Unlike life, death cannot be taken away from man, and therefore we may consider it as the gift of God.

What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

I am not the classics scholar to know which come from The Elder or The Younger, so they are all here as Seneca. Like the statue...does it really matter which one it is?