Seneca's Morals: By Way of Abstract. To which is Added, a Discourse, Under the Title of An After-thought, Volum 1


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Side 2 - He that does good to another man, does good also to himself: not only in the consequence, but in the very act of doing it; for the conscience of well-doing is an ample reward.
Side 26 - The manner of saying or of doing anything goes a great way in the value of the thing itself. It was well said of him that called a good office that was done harshly and with an ill will, a stony piece of bread : it is necessary for him that is hungry to receive it, but it almost chokes a man in the going down.
Side 159 - We should every night call ourselves to an account. What infirmity have I mastered to-day ? What passion opposed ? What temptation resisted ? What virtue acquired ? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Side 110 - Tranquillity is a certain equality of mind, which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress. Nothing can make it less; for it is the state of human perfection; it raises us as high as we can go; and makes every man his own supporter; whereas he that is borne up by anything else may fall. He that judges aright, and perseveres in it, enjoys a perpetual calm; he takes a true prospect of things; he observes an order, measure, a decorum in all his actions; he has a benevolence in his nature;...
Side 292 - The day which we fear as our last, is but the birthday of our eternity ; and it is the only way to it. So that what we fear as a rock, proves to be but a port ; in many cases to be desired, never to be refused ; and he that dies young, has only made a quick voyage of it. Some are becalmed, others cut it away before...
Side 109 - The true felicity of life is to be free from perturbations; to understand our duties toward God and man ; to enjoy the present without any anxious dependence upon the future. Not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears; but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient; for he that is so, wants nothing.
Side 255 - Of all felicities, the most charming is that of a firm and gentle friendship. It sweetens all our cares, dispels our sorrows, and counsels us in all extremities. Nay, if there were no other comfort in it than the bare exercise of so generous a virtue, even for that single reason, a man would not be without it.
Side 258 - It goes a great way toward making a man faithful, to let him understand that you think him so ; and he that does but so much as suspect that I will deceive him, gives me a kind of right to cozen him.
Side 156 - In the question of the immortality of the soul, it goes very far with me, a general consent to the opinion of a future reward and punishment, which meditation raises me to the contempt of this life, in hopes of a better. But still, though we know that we have a soul, yet what the soul is, how, and from whence, we are utterly ignorant. This only we understand, that all the good and ill we do is under the dominion of the mind, that a clear conscience states us in an inviolable peace, and that the greatest...
Side 112 - True joy is a serene and sober motion;" and they are miserably out, that take laughing for rejoicing. The seat of it is within, and there is no cheerfulness like the resolution of a brave mind, that has fortune under his feet.

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