(4BC-65AD) Spanish-born Roman Statesman, Philosopher, Moralist
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A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
Calamity is virtue's opportunity.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.
Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures.
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.
If you wished to be loved, love.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.
No man ever became wise by chance.
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
Time heals what reason cannot.
To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.
To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.
True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.
We alternate between desire and regret.
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
While we are postponing, life speeds by.