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“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”
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“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.”
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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
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“All cruelty springs from weakness.”
Seneca, Seneca's Morals: Of a Happy Life, Benefits, Anger and Clemency
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”
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“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
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“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" - "There is no easy way from the earth to the stars”
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“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
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“Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms -- you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.”
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“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject... And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them... Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.”
Seneca, Natural Questions
“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality”
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“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire”
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.”
Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters (De Providentia, De Brevitate Vitæ, De Tranquillitate Animi, Ad Helviam matrem De consolatione, De Clementia, Epistulae morales ad Lucilium
“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.”
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“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. ”
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“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”
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“What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.”
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“He who is brave is free”
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“No man was ever wise by chance”
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“They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.”
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
“I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”
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“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”
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“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.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.”
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“Only time can heal what reason cannot.”
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“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, Letters from a Stoic
“Timendi causa est nescire -
Ignorance is the cause of fear.”
Seneca, Natural Questions
“Life is like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”
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“Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.”
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