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This is our chief bane, that we live not according to the light of reason, but after the fashion of others. [Lat., Id nobis maxime nocet, quod non ad rationis lumen sed ad similitudinem aliorum vivimus.]

Reason Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Octavia (act II, 454)

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He deserves praise who does not what he may, but what he ought. [Lat., Id facere laus est quod decet, non quod licet.]

Praise Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Octavia (454)

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Every change of place becomes a delight. [Lat., Omnis mutatio loci jucunda fiet.]

Variety Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistles (28)

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The whole discord of this world consists in discords. [Lat., Tota hujus mundi concordia ex discordibus constat.]

Contention Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Nat. Quoest (bk. VII, 27)

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When God has once begun to throw down the prosperous, He overthrows them altogether: such is the end of the mighty. [Lat., Semel profecto premere felices deus Cum coepit, urget; hos habent magna exitus.]

Prosperity Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Hercules Oetoeus (713)

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I am ashamed of my master and not of my servitude. [Lat., Domini pudet non servitutis.]

Service Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Troades (989)

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A crowd of fellow-sufferers is a miserable kind of comfort. [Lat., Maliuolum solacii genus est turba miserorum.]

Companionship Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Consolatione ad Marciam (12, 5)

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[Epicurus] says that you should rather have regard to the company with whom you eat and drink, than to what you eat and drink. [Ante, inquit, cicumspiciendum est, cum quibos edas et bibas, quam quid edas et bibas.]

Companionship Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistles (XIX)

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Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for a kindness. [Lat., Unicumque homo est, ibi beneficio locus est.]

Kindness Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Thyestes (CCXIV)

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The throne of another is not stable for thee. [Lat., Alieno in loco Haud stabile regnum est.]

Royalty Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Hercules Furens (CCCXLIV)

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Every monarch is subject to a mightier one. [Lat., Omnes sub regno graviore regnum est.]

Royalty Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Hercules Furens (DCXIV)

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There is no satisfaction in any good without a companion. [Lat., Nullius boni sine sociis jucunda possessio est.]

Satisfaction Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (VI)

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A hungry people listens not to reason, not cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers. [Lat., Nec rationem patitur, nec aequitate mitigatur nec ulla prece flectitur, populus esuriens.]

Hunger Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Brevitate Vitoe (XVIII)

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It is bad to live for necessity; but there is no necessity to live in necessity. [Lat., Malum est necessitati vivere; sed in necessitate vivere necessitas nulla est.]

Necessity Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistles (58)

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Whatever begins, also ends. [Lat., Quicquid coepit, et desinit.]

Beginnings Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Consolatione ad Polybium (I)

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The fearful face usually betrays great guilt. [Lat., Multa trepidus solet Detegere vultus.]

Guilt Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Thyestes (CCCXXX)

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Those vices [luxury and neglect of decent manners] are vices of men, not of the times. [Lat., Hominum sunt ista [vitia], non temporum.

Vice Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistles (97)

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A thing seriously pursued affords true enjoyment. [Lat., Res severa est verum gaudium.]

Enjoyment Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistles (XXIII, 3, 4)

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He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself. [Lat., Aut potentior te, aut imbecillior laesit: si imbecillior, barce ille; si potentior, tibi.]

Injury Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Ira (III, 5)

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It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it. [Lat., Saepe satius fuit dissimulare quam ulcisci.]

Insult Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Ira (II, 32)

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We sought therefore to amend our will, and not to suffer it through despite to languish long time in error.

Will Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Of Benefits (bk. V, ch. XXV, ep. 67)

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Fidelity bought with money is overcome by money. [Lat., Pretio parata vincitur pretio fides.]

Fidelity Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Agamemnon (287)

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Prosperity asks for fidelity; adversity exacts it. [Lat., Poscunt fidem secunda, at adversa exigunt.]

Fidelity Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Agamemnon (934)

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Why do you ask, how long has he lived? He has lived to posterity. [Lat., Quid quaeris, quamdiu visit? Vixit ad posteros.]

Posterity Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistles (XCIII)

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Let the man, who would be grateful, think of repaying a kindness, even while receiving it. [Lat., Qui gratus futurus est statim dum accipit de reddendo cogitet.]

Gratitude Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Beneficiis (II, 25)

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