201 Top Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes, The Younger [+Video]

LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA QUOTES : One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca the Younger, fully Lucius Annaeus Seneca, who was also known as Seneca, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—humorist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. Below are the most famous Seneca quotes you will find.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes


A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A great fortune is a great slavery.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A great mind becomes a great fortune.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A person’s fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
SENECA QUOTES : A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All art is but imitation of nature.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All cruelty springs from weakness.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
SENECA QUOTES : As long as you live, keep learning how to live. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA QUOTES : Do everything as in the eye of another. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

Do everything as in the eye of another.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Every guilty person is his own hangman.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Every reign must submit to a greater reign.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Every sin is the result of a collaboration.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA QUOTES : For greed all nature is too little. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

For greed all nature is too little.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

God is the universal substance in existing things. He comprises all things. He is the fountain of all being. In Him exists everything that is.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He has committed the crime who profits by it.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He that does good to another does good also to himself.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who has great power should use it lightly.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who has made a fair compact with poverty is rich.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA QUOTES : He who is brave is free. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

He who is brave is free.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I don’t trust liberals, I trust conservatives.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you judge, investigate.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you wished to be loved, love.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA QUOTES : If you would judge, understand. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

If you would judge, understand.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In war there is no prize for runner-up.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA QUOTES : It is quality rather than quantity that matters. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is the superfluous things for which men sweat, – superfluous things that wear our togas theadbare, that force us to grow old in camp, that dash us upon foreign shores.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life is warfare.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life, if well lived, is long enough.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA QUOTES : Love in its essence is spiritual fire. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

Love in its essence is spiritual fire.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca