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30 Quotes by Seneca that will inspire you


Lucius Aurelius Seneca also was known by his more famous name Seneca was one of the well-known philosophers who had touched many lives with his words and actions. Seneca received an overwhelming appreciation for his empowering thoughts though some decided to go against him. Overall he was one of the influencing personalities during the early period & even today we all read about his thoughts & opinions for Inspiration & positivity. Seneca as a writer, widely known for his philosophical works, and for his plays, which interestingly are all related to tragedies.

Now let's take a look at some of his best quotes which will surely make you feel more confident & deliver wisdom to enhance your daily life productivity.

Here are the 30 Quotes by Seneca that will inspire you

1. "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

describing it in simple words, luck is the outcome of all the hard work done until you arrive in that situation where you get to demonstrate the acquired skills. 

2. "Every night before going to sleep, we must ask ourselves: what weakness did I overcome today? What virtue did I acquire?"

Here he talks about the importance of self-analysis in our quest for success & growth.

3. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that makes things difficult.
Seneca speaks about our lack of courage which makes the work look more difficult than it actually is. 

4. The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
One of the rare and unique observations is to see a man of power falling in front of life problems.

5. Life is never incomplete if it is an honourable one. At whatever point you leave life, if you leave it in the right way, it is whole.
If you are satisfied with your life, then doesn't matter if you leave early from this planet, your life will still be looked at as a successful one.

6. “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”

Seneca talks about how religion is used by different categories of people.

7. “It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

It is about how we use the things we have in our exposure it's not about the quantity but more about our approach.

8.  “If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.

Seneca says - Change yourself to change your surroundings.

9.  The part of life we really live is small.' For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.

The moments that we actually live are very little compared to a significantly large portion of life we spend doing things that we don't cherish/enjoy.

10. You should … live in such a way that there is nothing which you could not as easily tell your enemy as keep to yourself.

Seneca emphasizes  - Be clear at your approach & have clarity of thoughts 

11.  " When you are looking on anyone as a friend when you do not trust him as you trust yourself, you are making a grave mistake, and have failed to grasp sufficiently the full force of true friendship."

Friendship is that relationship where you trust the other person as you trust yourself & if you can't do it then that's not true friendship. 

12. "No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by the prosperity."

Misfortune can't harm you unless you get lured by wealth & prosperity thoughts.

13. Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation.

It is straight as it sounds, be careful how dynamic / how many changes you want to make - too much or too little is always dangerous

14." It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness."

Quotes by Seneca


Difficulties you face will only make you stronger

15.  "Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall."

Anger only harms you. 

16. "He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself."

If your opponent is weak then spare him without any violence & if he is stronger, spare yourself from trouble.

 17. "Time heals what reason cannot."

Time will heal everything.

18. "There is no genius without a touch of madness."

People will call you crazy if you are going to make something happen.

19. "Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life."
Being truthful is the message.

20. "Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged."
If you are suffering from pain then you must remember its time period when you call it severe.

21. "Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones."

Taking care of your present happiness will ensure that it continues in the future as well.

22. "Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable."
A wise good man will always do the honourable things first.

23. "Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future."
Be careful of all the 3-time phases - Past, Present & Future.

24. "Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it."

Anger makes the situation worse than the reason which causes it.

25. "It is a hard task to bring people to well being with just lessons, but it is much convenient to do so by example."

For example, you can achieve even the most difficult tasks.

26. "In most of the cases, we are more often frightened than hurt, and we suffer greatly from imagination than from reality."  

Our imagination which is driven by our inner fears doesn't help but create more trouble.

27. "For most men, the achievement of riches does not lead to the end of their miseries, it only changes them."

Most human beings get blinded by the prospect of having enormous wealth.

28. "We are part of one great body, planted by nature. We must believe that we were born for the good of the whole."

Our motive should be about working for the well being of this planet.

29. "The greatest hurdle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are allowing your life to depend on what is in Fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours."

You are expecting things to happen & losing the grip of your own life because of only expecting & not doing the things that can shape your destiny.

30.  "The body has few needs: it wants to stay  free from cold, to prevent hunger and thirst with nourishment; if we are looking for anything more we are exerting ourselves to serve our vices, not our needs."

If you pressurize yourself to achieve more earthly pleasures then that's not something to meet your life needs but more to quench your greed or the ego.

Now, after the 30 strong quotes, it is certain to fill your thoughts with wisdom and positivity.

Wishing you all the best.

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