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Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes

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

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

A great fortune is a great slavery.

A great mind becomes a great fortune.

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

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.

All art is but imitation of nature.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

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

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

Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.