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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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according what others think, you will never be rich.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“It is not the man who has too little that is poor, but the one who hankers after more.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“Regard [a friend] as loyal, and you will make him loyal.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“You should … live in such a way that there is nothing which you could not as easily tell your enemy as keep to yourself.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“To win true freeedom you must be a slave to philosophy.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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, Letters from a Stoic
“Of this one thing make sure against your dying day - that your faults die before you do.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“Philosophy calls for simple living, not for doing penance, and the simple way of life need not be a crude one.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“What fortune has made yours is not your own.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“What really ruins our character is the fact that none of us looks back over his life.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“There are more things, Lucilius, likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
“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.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

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