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There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness. [Lat., Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit.]

Insanity Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Tranquillitate Animi (XVII, 10)

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It is the practice of the multitude to bark at eminent men, as little dogs do at strangers.

Envy Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Of a Happy Life (ch. XIX)

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Light griefs are communicative, great ones stupefy. [Lat., Curae leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.]

Grief Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Hippolytus (607)

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That grief is light which can take counsel. [Lat., Levis est dolor qui capere consilium potest.]

Grief Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Medea (I, 55)

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Great grief does not of itself put an end itself. [Lat., Magnus sibi ipse non facit finem dolor.]

Grief Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Troades (786)

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We have lost morals, justice, honor, piety and faith, and that sense of shame which, once lost, can never be restored. [Lat., Periere mores, jus, decus, pietas, fides, Et qui redire nescit, cum perit, pudor.]

Loss Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Agamemnon (CXII)

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Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men. [Lat., Ignis aurum probat, misera fortes viros.]

Misery Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Providentia (V)

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The wretched hasten to hear of their own miseries. [Lat., Miserias properant suas Audire miseri.]

Misery Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Hercules Oetoeus (754)

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Calamity is virtue's opportunity. [Lat., Calamitas virtutis occasio est.]

Misfortune Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Procidentia (IV)

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There in no one more unfortunate than the man who has never been unfortunate. for it has never been in his power to try himself. [Lat., Nihil infelicius eo, cui nihil unquam evenit adversi, non licuit enim illi se experiri.]

Misfortune Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Providentia (III)

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There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is in your expecting evil before it arrives! [Lat., Nil est nec miserius nec stultius quam praetimere. Quae ista dementia est, malum suum antecedere!]

Misfortune Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XCVIII)

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When you see a man in distress, recognize him as a fellow man. [Lat., Quemcumque miserum videris, hominem scias.]

Misfortune Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Hercules Furens (463)

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He who tenders doubtful safety to those in trouble refuses it. [Lat., Dubiam salutem qui dat adflictis negat.]

Trouble Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Oedipus (CCXIII)

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He who begs timidly courts a refusal. [Lat., Qui timide rogat, Docet negare.]

Beggary Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Hippolytus (II, 593)

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A benefit consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. [Lat., Beneficium non in eo quot fit aut datur consistit sed in ipso dantis aut facientis animo.]

Benefits Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Beneficiis (I, 6)

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A benefit is estimated according to the mind of the giver. [Lat., Eodem animo beneficium debetur, quo datur.]

Benefits Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Beneficiis (II, 1)

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Let him that hath done the good office conceal it; let him that received it disclose it. [Lat., Qui dedit beneficium taceat; narret; qui accepit.]

Benefits Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: De Beneficiis (II, 11)

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He gives a benefit twice who gives quickly. [Lat., Inopi beneficium bis dat, qui dat celeriter.]

Benefits Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Proverbs of Seneca

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Mercy often inflicts death. [Lat., Mortem misericors saepe pro vita dabit.]

Mercy Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Troades (329)

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Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. [Lat., Nihil aliud est ebrietas quam voluntaria insania.]

Intemperance Quotes, by Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) , Source: Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXXXIII)

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