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40 Inspirational Seneca Quotes On Success

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40 Inspirational Seneca Quotes On Success

Seneca was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work – humorist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. As a tragedian, he is best-known for his Medea and Thyestes. May his quotes inspire you to use your time in a wise manner and live the life of your dreams.

1. “True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient.” Seneca

2. “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” Seneca

3. “The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.” Seneca

4. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” Seneca

5. “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” Seneca

6. “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” Seneca

7. “Wealth is the slave of the wise. The master of the fool.” Seneca

8. “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who is poor.” Seneca

9. “He who is brave is free.” Seneca

10. “He is most powerful who has power over himself.” Seneca

11. “Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.” Seneca

12. “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” Seneca

13. “No man was ever wise by chance.” Seneca

14. “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” Seneca

15. “Time heals what reason cannot.” Seneca

16. “You want to live but do you know how to live? You are scared of dying and tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?” Seneca

17. “Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.” Seneca

18. “Every night before going to sleep, we must ask ourselves: what weakness did I overcome today? What virtue did I acquire?” Seneca

19. “If you wish to be loved, love.” Seneca

20. “Man is affected not by events but by the view he takes of them.” Seneca

21. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” Seneca

22. “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.” Seneca

23. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” Seneca

24. “The only thing that belongs to us is the time.” Seneca

25. “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” Seneca

26. “I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.” Seneca

27. “We are more often frightened than hurt; we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” Seneca

28. “Time discovers truth.” Seneca

29. “We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.” Seneca

30. “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” Seneca

31. “While we teach, we learn.” Seneca

32. “Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation.” Seneca

33. “Ignorance is the cause of fear.” Seneca

34. “It’s not that we have a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it.” Seneca

35. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” Seneca

36. “A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is.” Seneca

37. “The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.” Seneca

38. “While we are postponing, life speeds by.” Seneca

39. “Life is long if you know how to use it.” Seneca

40. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” Seneca

My name is Asad Meah, I am the CEO & Founder of AwakenTheGreatnessWithin. I am a dreamchaser who has gained a wealth of knowledge in entrepreneurship and personal development over the past five years through self-education. My mission is to inspire millions of people to become entrepreneurs by awakening their minds to their greatness that resides within them.



  1. Jon cavitt

    February 29, 2020 at 6:26 pm

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    • Asad Meah

      March 2, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate that Jon
      Glad you liked the article

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