Seneca | 10 Quotes about Life & power for todays entrepreneur [Quotes]

Seneca (also known as Seneca the Younger) is considered by many modern day entrepreneurs and scholars as the innovator of hard core philosophy.  He was born in 4 BC and died in AD 65; the Roman Stoic Philosopher is regarded to be amongst one of the most influential writers of the Silver Age of Latin Literature.  Seneca the Younger engaged his works in a rhetorical style that confronted and challenged the norm.  He is extensively quoted by several entrepreneurs and writers of strategy such as Robert Greene and Tim Ferriss.

I have provided 10 of my favorite quotes by the Stoic philosopher himself, Seneca.  I hope they influence and inspire you as they did for me.  Enjoy…

“The best men are conscripts of toil, for all good men toil and are not pulled by fortune; they only follow her and keep in step.”

“Prosperity can come to any man, but triumph over adversity only belongs to the good man.  For a man to know himself he must be tested; no one finds out what he can do except by trying.  Great men rejoice in adversity.”

“If you will pay close heed to the problem, you will find that the largest portion of our life passes while we are doing ill, a goodly share while we are doing nothing, and the whole while we are doing that which is not to the purpose.”

“The wise man lacks nothing that can be received as a gift, while the evil man can bestow nothing good enough for the good man to desire.”

“What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understand that he is dying daily?  For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed. Whatever years lie behind us are in death’s hands.”

“Hold every hour in your grasp. Lay hold of today’s task and you will not need to depend so much upon tomorrows.”

“Man allows the cheapest and most useless things, which can easily be replaced, to be charged in the reckoning, after they have acquired them; but they never regard themselves as in debt when they have received some of the precious commodity, time! And yet time is the one loan which even a grateful recipient cannot repay.”

“Avoid encounters with ignorant people; those who have never learned do not want to learn. You reproved that man more frankly than you ought and have rather offended than mended him. Consider not only the truth of what you say, but also if the man you are addressing can endure the truth. A good man accepts reproof gladly; the worse a man is the more bitterly he resents it.”

“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”


For further reading, I found a great post on “Seneca on Leisure and Philosophy” that will help you further explore the following topic.  The world is yours…


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