Q – Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger circa 4BC – 65AD was an ancient Roman philosopher, statesman and dramatist. He was also a tutor and later adviser to the Roman Emperor Nero.

 

‘All cruelty springs from weakness’

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‘As long as you live, keep learning how to live’

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‘A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand’

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‘No man was ever wise by chance’

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‘It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult’

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‘It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor’

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‘Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness’

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‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable’

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‘Life’s like a play; it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters’

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‘Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing’

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‘All art is but imitation of nature’

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

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‘Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end’

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‘It is quality rather than quantity that matters’

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‘Leisure without literature is death and burial alive’

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‘No one is laughable who laughs at himself’

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‘The greatest remedy for anger is delay’

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‘The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity’

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‘While we are postponing, life speeds by’

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‘A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is’

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‘If you wished to be loved; Love’

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‘Every guilty person is his own hangman’

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‘Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body’

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‘He who is brave is free’

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‘Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody’

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‘When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people’

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‘It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatest’

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‘We suffer more in imagination than in reality’

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