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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, otherwise known as Seneca the Younger, or just Seneca was born in southern Spain over 2,000 years ago and educated in Rome. He was the son of Seneca the Elder, a well-known Roman writer as well as later in his life uncle to the poet Lucan.

One thing that stands out from Seneca is that he is one of the most enjoyable and readable of all ancient philosophers. Part of it was due to the fact that his most notable works came in the form of letters. Two of the most popular include On the Shortness of Life and Letters from a Stoic.

Below are 15 of our favorite quotes from Seneca. For more background on this Roman Stoic philosopher, check out our profile article Who Is Seneca? Inside The Mind of The World’s Most Interesting Stoic

 

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

 

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

 

“Silence is a lesson learned through life’s many sufferings.”- Seneca

 

“How does it help…to make troubles heavier by bemoaning them?”- Seneca

 

“It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it.”- Seneca

 

“The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”- Seneca

 

“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.”- Seneca

 

“We should not, like sheep, follow the herd of creatures in front of us, making our way where others go, not where we ought to go.”—Seneca

 

“To bear trials with a calm mind robs misfortune of its strength and burden.” —Seneca

 

“We should always allow some time to elapse, for time discloses the truth. “- Seneca

 

“He who indulges in empty fears earns himself real fears.” – Seneca

 

“It is better to conquer our grief than to deceive it.”- Seneca

 

“It is not that we are given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”- Seneca

 

“Two elements must therefore be rooted out once for all, – the fear of future suffering, and the recollection of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me, and the former concerns me not yet.” – Seneca