Seneca on Possessions

“Again, let us possess nothing that can be snatched from us to the great profit of a plotting foe. Let there be as little booty as possible on your person.”

~ Seneca / Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium

Seneca on Provocation

“So the wise man will never provoke the anger of those in power; nay, he will even turn his course, precisely as he would turn from a storm if he were steering a ship.”

Seneca / Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium

Seneca on Fortune

“In the mean time, cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Virtue

“Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind…A guilty person sometimes has the luck to escape detection, but never to feel sure of it.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Time

“Hold every hour in your grasp. Lay hold of today’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon tomorrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Endurance

“More generally , says Seneca , if we coddle ourselves , if we allow ourselves to be corrupted by pleasure , nothing will seem bearable to us , and the reason things will seem unbearable is not because they are hard but because we are soft .”

(From “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” by William Irvine.)

Seneca on Entropy

“It would be some consolation for the feebleness of our selves 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.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Direction

“As long as we wander at large, having no guide and following only the din and jarring cries of men calling us in different directions, our life will be spent in making errors, a life of little enough span even if we should work night and day for a sound understanding.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Conformity

“Let us enquire what is the best, not what is the most customary, thing to do, and what establishes our claim to unending happiness, not what the rabble, that worst of truth’s exponents, has set its stamp of approval on.”

~ Seneca