Seneca Quotes

Seneca was a Roman dramatist, statesman, and Stoic philosopher. He was also Nero’s tutor and advisor.

Very little is known about his early life, except that he was born in Cordoba in 4 BC. According to Miriam Griffin, one of his biographers, there is no enough information on his life before 41 AD. In 65 AD, he was suspected of being involved in the conspiracy to kill Nero, and Nero forced Seneca to commit suicide.

Seneca Quotes

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Every guilty person is his own hangman.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who decides a case without hearing the other side, though he decide justly, cannot be considered just.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Medea

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

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca