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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thoughts for the day: Seneca (4BC- 65AD)


Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.



One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.

If you judge, investigate

The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.

We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the greater benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.


There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.