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SENECA (LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA)
Roman philosopher and moralist
(4 BC - 65 AD)
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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.]
      - De Beneficiis (I, 6) [Benefit]

A benefit is estimated according to the mind of the giver.
  [Lat., Eodem animo beneficium debetur, quo datur.]
      - De Beneficiis (II, 1) [Benefit]

Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers.
  [Lat., Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est.]
      - De Beneficiis (II, 1) [Prayer]

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.]
      - De Beneficiis (II, 11) [Benefit]

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.]
      - De Beneficiis (II, 25) [Gratitude]

The time that precedes punishment is the severest part of it.
  [Lat., Quod antecedit tempus, maxima venturi supplicii pars est.]
      - De Beneficiis (II, 5) [Punishment]

Fabius Verrucosus called a favor roughly bestowed by a hard man, bread made of stone.
  [Lat., Fabius Verrucosus beneficium ab homine duro aspere datum, panem lapidosum vocabat.]
      - De Beneficiis (II, 7) [Gifts]

He is ungrateful who denies that he has received a kindness which has been bestowed upon him; he is ungrateful who conceals it; he is ungrateful who makes no return for it; most ungrateful of all is he who forgets it.
  [Lat., Ingratus est, qui beneficium accepisse se negat, quod accepit: ingratus est, qui dissimulat; ingratus, qui non reddit; ingratissimus omnium, qui oblitus est.]
      - De Beneficiis (III, 1) [Ingratitude]

The sun shines even on the wicked.
  [Lat., Et sceleratis sol oritur.]
      - De Beneficiis (III, 25) [Equality]

God has given some gifts to the whole human race, from which no is excluded.
  [Lat., Deus quaedam munera universo humano generi dedit, a quibus excluditur nemo.]
      - De Beneficiis (IV, 28) [Gifts]

God never repents of what He has first resolved upon.
  [Lat., Nec unquam primi consilii deos peonitet.]
      - De Beneficiis (VI, 23) [Repentance]

Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths.
  [Lat., Involuta veritas in alto latet.]
      - De Beneficiis (VII, 1) [Truth]

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
  [Lat., Si vir es, suspice, etiam si decidunt, magna conantes.]
      - De Brevitate (XX) [Greatness]

They laboriously do nothing.
  [Lat., Operose nihil agunt.]
      - De Brevitate Vitoe (bk. I, 13)
        [Nothingness]

That is the utterance of the greatest of physicians, that life is short and art long.
  [Lat., Illa maximi medicorum exclamatio est, Vitam brevem esse, longam artem.]
      - De Brevitate Vitoe (I) [Art]

Life, if thou knowest how to use it, is long enough.
  [Lat., Vita, si scias uti, longa est.]
      - De Brevitate Vitoe (II) [Life]

The part of life which we really live is short.
  [Lat., Exigua pars est vitae quam nos vivimus.]
      - De Brevitate Vitoe (II) [Life]

How much does great prosperity overspread the mind with darkness.
  [Lat., Quantum caliginis mentibus nostris objicit magna felicitas!]
      - De Brevitate Vitoe (XIII) [Prosperity]

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.]
      - De Brevitate Vitoe (XVIII) [Hunger]

A great mind becomes a great fortune.
  [Lat., Magnam fortunam magnus animus decet.]
      - De Clementia (I, 5) [Mind]

A crowd of fellow-sufferers is a miserable kind of comfort.
  [Lat., Maliuolum solacii genus est turba miserorum.]
      - De Consolatione ad Marciam (12, 5)
        [Companionship]

In the great inconstancy and crowd of events, nothing is certain except the past.
  [Lat., In tanta inconstantia turbaque rerum nihil nisi quod preteriit certum est.]
      - De Consolatione ad Marciam (XXII) [Past]

Whatever begins, also ends.
  [Lat., Quicquid coepit, et desinit.]
      - De Consolatione ad Polybium (I)
        [Beginnings]

The whole of life is nothing but a journey to death.
  [Lat., Tota vita nihil aliud quam ad mortem iter est.]
      - De Consolatione ad Polybium (XI) [Life]

What new thing then is it for a man to die, whose whole life is nothing else but a journey to death?
  [Lat., Quid est enim novi, hominem mori, cujus tota vita nihil aliud quam ad mortem iter est?]
      - De Consolatione ad Polybium (XI) [Death]


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