Lucius Annaeus SenecaLucius Annaeus Seneca, (4 B.C.-A.D. 65) Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, "Seneca the Younger"

Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quote

“If you are wise, mingle these two elements: do not hope without despair, or despair without hope.”

Lucius Annaeus SenecaLucius Annaeus Seneca
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter CIV: On care of health and peace of mind, line 12

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

A promised expectation is a polar opposite of an intrenched anguish or despondency. Is it wise to live in conflicting extremes (future and past at the same time, by example)? I don't think so. Hope is a forward looking desire of the unknown while, despair is a looking back observation of things gone wrong.

E Archer, NYC

Hmm, I think what Seneca was trying to elucidate was that there is always work ahead of us and to neither take an attitude of complaisance or defeat.


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