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SENECA (LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA)
Roman philosopher and moralist
(4 BC - 65 AD)
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True love hates and will not bear delay.
  [Lat., Odit verus amor nec patitur moras.]
      - Hercules Furens (588) [Love]

Those things which were hard to bear, are sweet to remember.
  [Lat., Quae fuit durum pati,
    Miminisse dulce est.]
      - Hercules Furens (656) [Sorrow]

He who boasts of his descent, praises the deeds of another.
  [Lat., Qui genue jactat suum
    Aliena laudat.]
      - Hercules Furens (act II, 340) [Ancestry]

There is no easy way to the stars from the earth.
  [Lat., Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.]
      - Hercules Furens (act II, 437) [Stars]

The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy.
  [Lat., Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.]
      - Hercules Furens (CCCCXXXVII) [Heaven]

The first art to be learned by a ruler is to endure envy.
  [Lat., Ars prima regni posse te invidiam pati.]
      - Hercules Furens (CCCLIII) [Royalty]

The throne of another is not stable for thee.
  [Lat., Alieno in loco
    Haud stabile regnum est.]
      - Hercules Furens (CCCXLIV) [Royalty]

Successful crime is dignified with the name of virtue; the good become the slaves of the impious; might makes right; fear silences the power of the law.
  [Lat., Prosperum ac felix scelus
    Virtus vocatur; sontibus patent boni;
      Jus est in armis, opprimit leges timor.]
      - Hercules Furens (CCLI) [Crime]

Every monarch is subject to a mightier one.
  [Lat., Omnes sub regno graviore regnum est.]
      - Hercules Furens (DCXIV) [Royalty]

Do you seek Alcide's equal? None is, except himself.
  [Lat., Quaeris Alcidae parem?
    Nemo est nisi ipse.]
      - Hercules Furens (I, 1, 84) [Character]

The hour which gives us life begins to take it away.
  [Lat., Prima quae vitam dedit hora, carpit.]
      - Hercules Furens (VIII, 74) [Life]

Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power.
  [Lat., Felix, quisquis novit famulum
    Rogemque pati,
      Vultusque potest variare suos!
        Rapuit vires pondusque malis,
          Casus animo qui tulit aequo.]
      - Hercules Oetoeus (228) [Fortune]

Golden palaces break man's rest, and purple robes cause watchful nights.
  Oh, if the breasts of the rich could be seen into, what terrors high fortune places within!
    [Lat., Aurea rumpunt tecta quietem,
      Vigilesque trahit purpura noctes.
        O si pateant pectora ditum,
          Quantos intus sublimis agit
            Fortuna metus.]
      - Hercules Oetoeus (646) [Fortune]

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.]
      - Hercules Oetoeus (713) [Prosperity]

The wretched hasten to hear of their own miseries.
  [Lat., Miserias properant suas
    Audire miseri.]
      - Hercules Oetoeus (754) [Misery]

He is not guilty who is not guilty of his own free will.
  [Lat., Haud est nocens, quicumque non sponte est nocens.]
      - Hercules Oetoeus (886) [Guilt]

Sometimes death is a punishment; often a gist; it has been a favor to many.
  [Lat., Interim poena est mori,
    Sed saepe donum; pluribus veniae fuit.]
      - Hercules Oetoeus (CMXXX) [Death]

Courage leads to heaven; fear, to death.
  [Lat., Virtus in astra tendit, in mortem timor.]
      - Hercules Oetoeus (LXXI) [Courage]

The swift hour flies on double wings.
  [Lat., Volat ambiguis
    Mobilis alis hora.]
      - Hippolytus (1141) [Time]

He who is too powerful, is still aiming at that degree of power with is unattainable.
  [Lat., Quod non potest vult posse, qui nimium potest.]
      - Hippolytus (215) [Power]

Success makes some crimes honorable.
  [Lat., Honesta quaedam scelera successus facit.]
      - Hippolytus (598) [Success]

Light griefs are communicative, great ones stupefy.
  [Lat., Curae leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.]
      - Hippolytus (607) [Grief]

Light sorrows speak, but deeper ones are dumb.
  [Lat., Curae leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.]
      - Hippolytus (607) [Sorrow]

If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it to yourself.
      - Hippolytus (876) [Secrecy]

Light troubles speak; immense troubles are silent.
  [Lat., Curae leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.]
      - Hippolytus (act II, sc. 3, l. 607)
        [Trouble]


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