On the shortness of life most human beings, paulinus, complain about the meanness of nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, and because this spell of time that has been given to us rushes by so swiftly and rapidly that with very few exceptions life ceases for the rest of us just when we are getting ready for it. De brevitate vitae—on the shortness of lifetranslated by john w basore, loeb classical library london: william heinemann, 1932.
On the shortness of life is a sublime read in its pithy totality complement it with some montaigne’s timeless lessons on the art of living and alan watts on how to live with presence thanks, liz donating = loving. That's precisely the kind of stuff epictetus was always ranting about the only good or bad is what's inside of you and the way you use your will don't get sucked into the trap of what other people's expectations of a good life is you cannot invest your attention both on externals and on your own ruling faculty.
On the shortness of life lucius annaeus seneca translated by gareth d williams (ii) most of mankind, paulinus, complains about natures meanness, because our allotted span of life is so short, and because this stretch of time that is given to us runs its course so quickly, so rapidly — so much so that, with very few exceptions, life leaves the rest of us in the lurch just when we re getting ready to live. Life is divided into three periods—that which has been, that which is, that which will be of these the present time is short, the future is doubtful, the past is certain for the last is the one over which fortune has lost control, is the one which cannot be brought back under any man's power.
On the shortness of life by lucius annaeus seneca note: seneca, a spanish-born philosopher of rome who lived in the first century ad, was one of the prominent sages of the stoic school. On the shortness of life summary april 13, 2017 august 26, 2018 niklasgoeke self improvement 1-sentence-summary: on the shortness of life is a 2,000 year old, 20-page masterpiece by seneca, roman stoic philosopher and teacher to the emperors, about time and how to best use it, to ensure you lead a long and fulfilling life.
The book has three writings: on shortness of life, consolation to helvia (his mother), and on tranquility of mind the writings have a certain connection this stoic's three writings in this book came at a perfect time for me. Best paid & free translation of on the shortness of life we recommend penguin’s on the shortness of life edition translated by cdn costa which includes two other great short pieces of writing from seneca it is a beautifully designed edition and fits perfectly in your back pocket.
This work was published before january 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. On the shortness of life - lucius seneca the majority of mortals, paulinus, complain bitterly of the spitefulness of nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, because even this space that has been granted to us rushes by so speedily and so swiftly that all save a very few find life at an end just when they are getting ready to live. Life will follow the path on which it began, and it will neither reverse nor halt its course it will cause no commotion at all, it will call no attention to its own swiftness it will glide on in silence.
On the shortness of life [seneca, john w basore] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers seneca thoughts on the shortness of life are what many who live in our modern world need to read we not to just slow down but reevaluate the life we are creating with brief devotionesque chapters this work would go well with a cup of coffee or tea each morning.
On the shortness of life summary this is my book summary of on the shortness of life by seneca my notes are informal and often contain quotes from the book as well as my own thoughts.