Top 40 Lucius Seneca Optimistic Stoic Quotes

Lucius Seneca has a full name of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, and he is also known by the name Seneca the Younger. He is a great Roman philosopher. He is also an orator, tragedian, and statesman. Besides that, during his years, he was a leading intellectual figure in society. With that being said, let’s check his brilliance with this list of motivational quotes below that he has shared with everyone.

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

“All art is but imitation of nature.”

“Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.”

“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”

“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.”

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.”

“Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.”

“If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according what others think, you will never be rich.” 

“It is not the man who has too little that is poor, but the one who hankers after more.” 

“Regard [a friend] as loyal, and you will make him loyal.”

“Withdraw into yourself, as far as you can. Associate with those who will make a better man of you. Welcome those whom you yourself can improve. The process is mutual; for men learn while they teach.”

“While we are postponing, life speeds by.”

“Limiting one’s desires actually helps to cure one of fear. ‘Cease to hope … and you will cease to fear.’ … Widely different [as fear and hope] are, the two of them march in unison like a prisoner and the escort he is handcuffed to. Fear keeps pace with hope … both belong to a mind in suspense, to a mind in a state of anxiety through looking into the future. Both are mainly due to projecting our thoughts far ahead of us instead of adapting ourselves to the present.”

“No man was ever wise by chance.”

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

“You should … live in such a way that there is nothing which you could not as easily tell your enemy as keep to yourself.”

“Nothing is burdensome if taken lightly, and nothing need arouse one’s irritation so long as one doesn’t make it bigger than it is by getting irritated.”

“What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is

dying daily? For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed, whatever years be behind us are in death’s hands.”

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

Lucius Seneca has mastered many skills and gained so much knowledge of almost everything. He is indeed a genius. Hence, let’s continue reading his brilliant stoic quotes below.

“We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.”

“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.”

“To win true freedom you must be a slave to philosophy.”

“Of this one thing make sure against your dying day – that your faults die before you do.” 

“There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with”

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

“Philosophy calls for simple living, not for doing penance, and the simple way of life need not be a crude one.”

“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”

“What really ruins our character is the fact that none of us looks back over his life.”

“What fortune has made yours is not your own.”

“A woman is not beautiful when her ankle or arm wins compliments, but when her total appearance diverts admiration from the individual parts of her body.”

“I have learned to be a friend to myself Great improvement this indeed Such a one can never be said to be alone for know that he who is a friend to himself is a friend to all mankind”

“The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.”

“People who know no self-restraint lead stormy and disordered lives, passing their time in a state of fear commensurate with the injuries they do to others, never able to relax.”

“Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”

“Wild animals run from the dangers they actually see, and once they have escaped them worry no more. We however are tormented alike by what is past and what is to come. A number of our blessings do us harm, for memory brings back the agony of fear while foresight brings it on prematurely. No one confines his unhappiness to the present.”

“Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.”

“As it is with a play, so it is with life – what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how good it is.”

“For the only safe harbour in this life’s tossing, troubled sea is to refuse to be bothered about what the future will bring and to stand ready and confident, squaring the breast to take without skulking or flinching whatever fortune hurls at us.” 

“Because thou writest me often, I thank thee … Never do I receive a letter from thee, but immediately we are together.” 


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