You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself.
Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
Whatever is well said by another, is mine.
Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.
Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.
Every sin is the result of a collaboration.
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals.
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.
Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one.
The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.
Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.
Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.
It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.
Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.
A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.
Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.
There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.
Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.
One crime has to be concealed by another.
No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.
Do everything as in the eye of another.
To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.
The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.
Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.
Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
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.
So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.
A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones on hand do more to produce a happy life than the volumes we can't find.
Every reign must submit to a greater reign.
No one is laughable who laughs at himself.
A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power.
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
Lucius Annaeus Senecawas a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature...