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SENECA (LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA)
Roman philosopher and moralist
(4 BC - 65 AD)
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Virtue is that perfect good, which is the complement of a happy life; the only immortal thing that belongs to mortality.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue with some is nothing but successful temerity.
      - [Virtue]

Watch over yourself. Be your own accuser, then your judge; ask yourself grace sometimes, and, if there is need, impose upon yourself some pain.
      - [Self-reliance]

We are as answerable for what we give as for what we receive; nay, the misplacing of a benefit is worse than the not receiving of it; for the one is another person's fault, but the other is mine.
      - [Gifts]

We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it.
      - [Avarice]

We are born to lose and to perish, to hope and to fear, to vex ourselves and others; and there is no antidote against a common calamity but virtue; for the foundation of true joy is in the conscience.
      - [Conscience]

We are members of one great body. Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.
      - [Brotherhood]

We are sure to get the better of fortune if we do but grapple with her.
      - [Fortune]

We have not to talk, but to steer the vessel.
      - [Proverbs]

We pardon familiar vices.
      - [Vice]

We pray for trifles without so much as a thought of the greatest blessings; and we are not ashamed many times, to ask God for that which we should blush to own to our neighbor.
      - [Prayer]

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered to-day? what passion opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
      - [Self-examination]

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
      - [Charity]

We suffer more in imagination than in reality.
      - [Proverbs]

What a vile and abject thing is man if he do not raise himself above humanity.
      - [Humanity]

What if a man save my life with a draught that was prepared to poison me? The providence of the issue does not at all discharge the obliquity of the intent. And the same reason holds good even in religion itself. It is not the incense, or the offering that is acceptable to God, but the purity and devotion of the worshipper.
      - [Motive]

What is death but a ceasing to b what we were before? We are kindled, and put out, we die daily; nature that begot us expels us, and a better and safer place is provided for us.
      - [Death]

What madness is it for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.
      - [Heirs]

What were vices have become the fashion of the day.
      - [Proverbs]

What you do for an ungrateful man is thrown away.
      - [Proverbs]

Whatsoever has exceeded its proper limit is in an unstable position.
      - [Proverbs]

When modesty has once perished, it will never revive.
      - [Proverbs]

When once ambition has passed its natural limits, its progress is boundless.
      - [Ambition]

When thou hast profited so much that thou respectest even thyself, thou mayst let go thy tutor.
      - [Self-respect]

Whenever you see a fellow-creature in trouble, remember that he is a man.
      - [Proverbs]


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