Seneca The Younger Quotes

Seneca The Younger Quotes: Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting.
This is the difference between us Romans and the Etruscans: We believe that lightning is caused by clouds colliding, whereas they believe that clouds collide in order to create lightning. Since they attribute everything to gods, they are led to believe not that events have a meaning because they have happened, but that they happen in order to express a meaning.
No one should feel pride in anything that is not his own.
As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.
We should have a bond of sympathy for all sentient beings, knowing that only the depraved and base take pleasure in the sight of blood and suffering.
Beauty is such a fleeting blossom, how can wisdom rely upon its momentary delight?
Those alone are wise who know how to love.
Of all the felicities, the most charming is that of a firm and gentle friendship. It sweetens all our cares, dispels our sorrows, and counsels us in all extremities. Nay, if there were no other comfort in it than the pare exercise of so generous a virtue, even for that single reason a man would not be without it; it is a sovereign antidote against all calamities - even against the fear of death itself.
The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself. . . . . . No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it.
Let him that hath done the good office conceal it; let him that received it disclose it.
Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
Let us fight the battle-retreat from the things that attract us and rouse ourselves to meet the things that actually attack us.
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man. It is more powerful than external circumstances.
It was the saying of a great man, that if we could trace our descents, we should find all slaves to come from princes, and all princes from slaves; and fortune has turned all things topsy-turvy in a long series of revolutions; beside, for a man to spend his life in pursuit of a title, that serves only when he dies to furnish out an epitaph, is below a wise man's business.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.
Apples taste sweetest when they're going.
There is no evil that does not promise inducements. Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause. Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.
Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers.