: On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It ( Penguin Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, On the Shortness of Life. On the Shortness of Life has ratings and reviews. Glenn said: The great Roman philosopher, statesman, dramatist Seneca (BC 4 – AD 64) wrote.

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They are at home to all mortals by night and by day. I know some people think that staying at home reading is not living life fully. Or that old lady, wearied as she is by burying her heirs? The Satires of Horace. Nero later became one of the most notorious and tyrannical emperors in the history of the Roman Empire.

After defeat at Pharsalus in 48 bce, Pompey sought protection from Ptolemy XIII of Egypt, his cliens and possible ward; but while going ashore at Alexandria he was murdered by Ptolemy’s agent.

Chi ama i libri luvius Kobo e inMondadori. No one lets anyone seize his estates, and if a trivial dispute arises about boundary lines, there’s a rush to stones and arms; but people let others trespass on their existence — or rather, they go so far as to invite in those who’ll take possession of their lives.

This is because they don’t rest on stable causes but are disrupted as frivo- lously as they are produced. Whose passions will they hold in check?

Just as impressive and princely wealth is squandered in an instant when it passes into the hands of a poor manager, but wealth however modest grows through careful deployment if it is entrusted to a responsible guardian, just so our lifetime offers ample scope to the person who maps it out well.

According to the essay, nature gives man enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly. It’s true that the life is more likely to be longer now than how it was then even for the richest and luckiestbut the advice here is timeless. For what if you should think that man had had a long voyage who had been caught by a fierce storm as soon as he left harbour, and, swept hither and thither by a succession of winds that raged from different quarters, had been driven in a circle around the same course?


Preview — On the Shortness of Life by Seneca. When they reach the end of it, they realize too late, poor wretches, that they’ve been busied for so long in doing nothing.

To be sure, this span of time, which good management prolongs even though it naturally hurries on, must in your case escape you quickly; for you fail to seize it and hold it back, and you do nothing to delay that speediest of all things, but you allow it to pass as if it were some- thing overabundant that we can get back again.

Do you call a man leisured who arranges with anxious precision his Corinthian bronzes, the cost of which is inflated by the mania of a few collectors, and spends most of the day on rusty bits of metal? By these means they seek a reputation for refinement and sumptuous living, and their evils follow them into every corner of their lives to such an extent that they cannot eat or drink without ostentation.

None of thf lay fallow and neglected, none of it under another’s control; for being an extremely thrifty guardian of his time he never found anything for which it was worth exchanging. Or a man who sits at a wrestling ring for — shame on us! Theirs isn’t leisure but idle occupation. Before this, I’ve cut him some slack. They cry out repeatedly that they’ve been fools because they’ve not lucous lived, and that they’ll live in leisure if only they escape their illness.

He who saw that the world depended on him and him alone, who determined the fortunes of individuals and nations, he was happiest in looking forward to that day on which he would lay aside his greatness. The work is addressed to a man called Paulinus—probably Pompeius Paulinus, shortnesa knight of Arelate —and is usually dated to around 49 AD.

This page was last edited on 13 Octoberat But now that I’ve read the three philosophical essays in this book, I have difficulty in standing up for Seneca any longer, for Seneca, in these his most moral works, seems to lack the philosophical attitude and the courage of his convictions. If only all thinkers were such shotness writers.

If you consider that sexual desire was given to man not for enjoyment but for the propagation of the race, once you are free of oon violent and destructive passion rooted in your vitals, every other desire will leave you undisturbed. You surely used different ways to rephrase the essence of your thoughts, Seneca, which are mainly intended to point out that despite our whiny attitude, we have time. I bought this book on a total whim.


And why do people continually complain shortnesz gab incessantly or become easily bored?

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None of it lay fallow and uncultivated, and none of it was under another’s control; for being a most careful guardian of his time, he found nothing worth exchanging for it.

You’ve been preoccupied while life hurries on; death looms all the while, and like it or not, you have to accommodate it. As it fhe out on its first day, so it will run on, nowhere pausing or turning aside. Want to Read saving….

On the Shortness of Life

The best compromise between love and good sense is both to feel longing and to conquer it. But when some real illness has at last reminded them that they are mortal’, how terrified they are when they die, as if they’re not leav- ing life but are being dragged from it!

Or are we just gripped by an insatiable greed and a laborious dedication to useless tasks mistakenly calling them productivity and a busyness which is nothing but the surest distraction from living. We are all held in the same captivity, and those who have bound others are themselves in bonds – unless you think perhaps that the left-hand chain is lighter. This is, so to speak, Seneca the Younger’s greatest hits album. For Seneca the pedantry of the grammatici, whose numbers grew at Rome in the first century ce, ignores the real relevance of literature and philol- ogy in nurturing mature judgment.

He’ll have friends whose advice he can off on the greatest or least important matters, whom he can consult daily about himself, from whom he can hear the truth without insult and receive praise without fawning, and who will provide a model after which to fashion himself. All that’s to come lies in uncertainty: Ln putting things off is the biggest waste of life: On the Good Life.

When once virtue has toughened the mind it renders it invulnerable on every side.

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