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SENECA (LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA)
Roman philosopher and moralist
(4 BC - 65 AD)
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It is a common thing to screw up justice to the pitch of an injury. A man may be over-righteous, and why not over-grateful, too? There is a mischievous excess that borders so close upon ingratitude that it is no easy matter to distinguish the one from the other; but, in regard that there is good-will in the bottom of it, however distempered; for it is effectually but kindness out of the wits.
      - [Excess]

It is a disgrace to say one thing and think another; but how much more disgraceful to write one thing and think another!
      - [Proverbs]

It is a proof of nobility of mind to despise injuries.
      - [Proverbs]

It is a shameful and unseemly thing to think one thing and to speak another, but how odious to write one thing and to think another.
      - [Insincerity]

It is a world of mischief that may be done by a single example of avarice or luxury. One voluptuous palate makes many more.
      - [Example]

It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man I will oblige a great many that are not so.
      - [Benevolence]

It is by the benefit of letters that absent friends are in a manner brought together.
      - [Letters]

It is dishonorable to say one thing and think another; how much more dishonorable to write one thing and think another.
      - [Deceit]

It is easy in adversity to despise death; real fortitude has he who can dare to be wretched.
      - [Sorrow]

It is equally a fault to believe all men or to believe none.
      - [Proverbs]

It is foolish to strive with what we cannot avoid; we are born subjects, and to obey God is perfect liberty; he that does this shall be free, safe and quiet; all his actions shall succeed to his wishes.
      - [Obedience]

It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business, and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess.
      - [Poverty]

It is only the surprise and newness of the thing which makes that misfortune terrible which by premeditation might be made easy to us. For that which some people make light by sufferance, others do by foresight.
      - [Foresight]

It is opportunity that makes the thief.
      - [Temptation]

It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
  [Lat., Pars sanitatis velle sanari fruit.]
      - [Health : Proverbs]

It is remarkable that Providence has given us all things for our advantage near at hand; but iron, gold, and silver, being both the instruments of blood and slaughter and the price of it, nature has hidden in the bowels of the earth.
      - [Providence]

It is the constant fault and inseparable ill quality of ambition never to look behind it.
      - [Ambition]

It is the edge and temper of the blade that make a good sword, not the richness of the scabbard, and so it is not money or possessions that make men considerable, but virtue.
      - [Virtue]

It is the fault of youth that it cannot restrain its own impetuosity.
      - [Proverbs]

It is the mind that makes us rich and happy, in what condition soever we are, and money signifies no more to it than it does to the gods.
      - [Mind]

It is the proof of a bad cause when it is applauded by the mob.
      - [Mob]

It passes in the world for greatness of mind, to be perpetually giving and loading people with bounties; but it is one thing to know how to give and another thing not to know how to keep. Give me a heart that is easy and open, but I will have no holes in it; let it be bountiful with judgment, but I will have nothing run out of it I know not how.
      - [Gifts]

It was the saying of a great man, that if we could trace our descents, we should find all slaves to come from princes, and all princes from slaves; and fortune has turned all things topsy-turvy in a long series of revolutions; beside, for a man to spend his life in pursuit of a title, that serves only when he dies to furnish out an epitaph, is below a wise man's business.
      - [Ancestry]

Know this, that he that is a friend of himself is a friend to all men.
      - [Friends]

Know thyself; this is the great object.
      - [Self-examination]


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