Seneca

On the Shortness of Life

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Simon Dunlophas quoted5 years ago
it takes a whole life to learn how to die.
Thamara sixxhas quoted7 months ago
"life is short, art is long;"2
Simon Dunlophas quoted5 years ago
So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it. Just as when ample and princely wealth falls to a bad owner it is squandered in a moment, but wealth however modest, if entrusted to a good custodian, increases with use, so our lifetime extends amply if you manage it properly.
Simon Dunlophas quoted5 years ago
Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn.
Simon Dunlophas quoted5 years ago
But learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die.
Lliahas quoted5 years ago
Some time has passed: he grasps it in his recollection. Time is present: he uses it. Time is to come: he anticipates it. This combination of all times into one gives him a long life.
Lliahas quoted5 years ago
Nothing can be taken from this life, and you can only add to it
Lliahas quoted5 years ago
How late it is to begin really to live just when life must end!
Lliahas quoted5 years ago
You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire. You will hear many people saying: ‘When I am fifty I shall retire into leisure; when I am sixty I shall give up public duties.’ And what guarantee do you have of a longer life?
Lliahas quoted5 years ago
life is long if you know how to use it
Lliahas quoted5 years ago
It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested
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