Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E. – 65 A.D.) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist. Seneca was born in Hispania, and raised in Rome, where he was trained in rhetoric and philosophy. As a writer Seneca is known for his philosophical works and for his plays, which are all tragedies. His prose works include a dozen essays and one hundred and twenty-four letters dealing with moral issues. These writings constitute one of the most important bodies of primary material for ancient Stoicism.
Quotes by Seneca…
The mind is the master over every kind of fortune; it acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and its own misery.
A happy life consists in a mind which is free, upright, undaunted and steadfast, beyond the influence of fear or desire.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his power.
The wish to be cured is part of the cure.
The greatest man is he who chooses right with the most invincible resolution.
A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be insulted by a man in a fever. Just so, should a wise man treat all mankind as a physician treats a patient, and look upon it only as sick and irresponsible.
There is no greater punishment of evil than that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.
You may, then, boldly declare that the highest good is singleness of mind, for where agreement and unity exist, there must the virtues be. It is the vices that are at war with each other.
Every day to a wise man is a new life.
If you devote your time to study, you will avoid all the irksome things of life, and you will not long for the approach of night, being tired of the day, and you will not be a burden to yourself, and your company will be acceptable to others.