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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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  • No one is laughable who laughs at himself.

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  • It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

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  • Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

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  • Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.

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  • Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

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  • If you would judge, understand.

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  • If you wished to be loved, love.

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  • The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.

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  • He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

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  • Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

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  • A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.

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  • Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

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  • It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.

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  • You learn to know a pilot in a storm.

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  • If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.

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  • The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.

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  • No man was ever wise by chance.

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  • If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

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  • A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.

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  • May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense.

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  • Whatever is well said by another, is mine.

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  • The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

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  • Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

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  • No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.

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  • You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself.

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  • A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.

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  • A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.

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  • It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

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