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Seneca the Younger
(Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Roman philosopher and poet
(c. 4 BC - AD 65)



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Ignoranti, quem portam petat, nullus suus ventus est.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
-- Epistulae ad Lucillium, no. 71, sect. 3

Homines dum docent discunt.
Even while they teach, men learn.
-- Epistulae Morales, no. 7, sect. 8

Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insidious and insinuating something that elicets secrets from us just like love or liquor.
-- Epistulae Morales

Utrumque enum vitium est, et omnibus credere et nulli.
It is equally unsound to trust everyone and to trust no one
-- Epistulae, 3.4

Longum iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla.
The way is long if one follows precepts, but short and helpful if one follows patterns.
-- Epistulae, 6.5 (R. M. Gummere, tr.)

Time heals what reason cannot.
-- Agammemnon, line 130

Curae leves locuntur, ingentes stupent.
Small sorrows speak, great ones are silent.
-- Hippolytus, line 607

Ille mors gravis incubat
Qui notus nimis omnibus
Ignotus moritur sibi.

One him does death lie heavily
who, too well known to all,
dies to himself unknown.
-- Thyestes chorus (F. J. Miller, tr.)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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