Favorite Quotations ~  Lucius Annaeus Seneca Stoic Philosophy of Seneca Essays and Letters

"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body." ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Paramahansa Yogananda

Nothing is more dishonorable than an old man, heavy with years, who has no other evidence of having lived long except his age.

Our plans miscarry if they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

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

Hesitation is the best cure for anger. The first blows of anger are heavy, but if it waits, it will think again.

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from the sum of his desires.

The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back.

As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.

Death is sometimes a punishment, sometimes a gift; to many it has come as a favor.

It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

The hour which give us life begins to take it away.

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. IT's for the superfluous we sweat.

He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.

Nothing is ours except time.