Seneca was a roman dramatist, philosopher, and politician.
his quotes were spoken many years ago they still hold wisdom
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have,
which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot,
whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
Words need to be sown like seeds. No matter how tiny a seed may be, when in lands in the right sort of ground it unfolds its strength and from being minute expands and grows to a massive size.
Seneca Words of Encouragement |
But when you are looking on anyone as a friend when
you do not trust him as you trust yourself, you are making a grave mistake,
and have failed to grasp sufficiently the full force of true friendship.
Seneca Friendship |
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Seneca Tolerance |
All this hurrying from place to place won't bring you any relief,
for you're traveling in the company of your own emotions,
followed by your troubles all the way.
Seneca Trouble |
It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.
It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.
Seneca Dare |
The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.
Seneca Confidence |
Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day
as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future.
The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon
tomorrow, and loses today. You are arranging what lies in
and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at?
To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty:
Seneca Future |
Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms - you'll be able to use them better
when you're older.
Seneca Enthusiasm |
It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to
do so by example.
Seneca Example |
Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how
unnecessary many things are. We've been using them not because
we needed them but because we had them.
Seneca Simplicity |
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
Seneca Gratitude |