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Lucius Annaeus Seneca ( 4BC -- 65AD)

(known as Seneca the Younger HD (the Younger) DT1a c.)

Roman philosopher, statesman and writer, born in Córdoba, Spain, the son of Seneca (the Elder). Banished to Corsica (41--9) by Claudius, on a charge of adultery, he was recalled by Agrippina, who entrusted him with the education of her son, Nero. Made consul by Nero in 57, his high moral aims gradually incurred the emperor's displeasure, and he withdrew from public life. Drawn into conspiracy, he was condemned, and committed suicide in Rome. The publication of his Tenne Tragedies in 1581 was important in the evolution of Elizabethan drama, which took from them the five-act division, as well as the horrors and the rhetoric.

a beautiful woman is not a creature whose legs or arms inspire praise, but someone whose overall appearance is so beautiful that it is impossible to admire any single part
cease to hope and you will cease to fear
I possess nothing so completely as that which I have given away
I will look at all lands as if they belonged to me, and at mine as if they belonged to everyone
if you wish to make someone happy, rather than give him gifts you should deprive him of desires
it is uncertain in what place death may await thee; therefore expect it in any place
it would be some consolation for the feebleness of ourselves and our works, if all things should perish as slowly as they come into being; but as it is, increases are of sluggish growth, but the way to ruin is rapid
I\'d rather annoy with the truth than please with adulation
knowing useless things is better than nothing
life is a play. It\'s not its length, but its performance that counts
life is long, if it is full
many men would have arrived at wisdom if they had not fancied that they had already arrived
no day is too long for anyone who works
no good can give us pleasure if we do not share it with others
no one can win without the other losing
no one is so old as to not hope for at least another day of life
not wanting is the same as having
nothing is ours, except time
poor are not those who have too little, but those who want too much
real pleasure is contempt for pleasure
solitude is to the soul as food is to the body
the wind is never favorable to those who don\'t know where they are going
there is mutual advantage in that, even while men teach, they learn
there is something to be learned from a great man even when he is silent
time is the only thing you cannot put back
to lead does not mean to dominate, but to fulfil a duty
what you think is the summit is only a step up
you must change your disposition, not your sky