: 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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I’m linger- ing in my Tusculan estate, half-free. Though a man’s loyalty and kindness may not be in doubt, a companion who is agitated and groaning about everything is an enemy to peace of mind. As legate serving under his brother, Scipio negotiated peace terms after the defeat in bce of Antiochus III, king of Syria, at Magnesia. There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: How late it is to begin living just when life must come to an end!

Just as great and princely wealth is scattered in a moment when it comes into the hands of a bad owner, while wealth however limited, if it is entrusted to a good guardian, increases by use, so our life is amply long for him who orders it properly.

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 harbor, 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?

As praetor urbanus in 93 bce; leashed lions were apparently first exhib- ited in sneca at Rome in bce.

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They are too busily preoccupied with efforts to live better; they plan out their lives at the expense of life itself. I was wary of this, as a sexily recovered, retitled thing that looks like something you’d read on a train to look clever–but it really is a wholesome anthology of 3 essays and letters from the justly beloved Seneca.


Including those Stoics for whom the “now” point is itself ever fleeting and never fully “real” or “here,” being a part of the temporal continuum which consistently moves along with the Stoic universe.

I found this essay really inspiring.

On the Shortness of Life

Definitely check out this book, it’s easy to read and understand while still being oon powerful. Published September 6th by Penguin Books first published Stoicism is gaining a new 21st Century following in our highly politicized, social-media driven, anxiety-ridden culture. For it’s always in motion, slipping by and hurrying on; it ceases to be before it arrives, and it tge more suffers delay than do the firmament or the heavenly bodies, whose ever- tireless movement never lets them remain in the same position.

Not much voyaging did he have, but much tossing about.

Certainly you’ll hear many of those burdened by their great prosperity occasionally cry out amid their hordes of clients or their pleadings of cases or their other respectable forms of wretchedness: Twice according to Livy, in bce and then in You surely used different ways to rephrase the essence of your thoughts, Seneca, which are mainly intended to point out that despite our wh The problem, Paulinus, is not that we have a short life, but that we waste time.

I just understand him as a very bright but also flawed person. The full impact of the allusion here lies not just in Marius’s rapid transition from soldier to statesman but implicitly also in the sheer number of his consulships, offering their own illustration of how “new preoccupations take the place of old” You just keep writing.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wealth, however modest, if entrusted to a good custodian, increases with use, liffe out lifetime extends amply if you manage it properly.

Similar ideas can be found in Seneca’s treatise De Otio On Leisure shprtness discussion of these themes can often be found in his Letters to Lucilius letter 49,etc.

Deeply satisfying and soothing advice, tremendously timeless if you set aside issues like forums and slaves, or find a good metaphor to translate theseand as peaceful as watching The Frugal Gourmet was when I was tiny–I feel like Seneca is the sage parent we all wish we had, who has both a kind word and a bracing slap on the back to offer.


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No one holds death in view, no one refrains from distant hopes. When in the hospital several years ago, I insisted on a room where the television would not be on. This trance of everyday passivity is an unambiguous admonition. Egnatius Rufus in 19then by sedition in the imperial household itself through the dangerous liaisons of Julia, Augustus’s daughter, who was banished in 2 bce.

This is one way to view the Platonic ideas. In bce, after Dentatus defeated Pyrrhus, the Molossian king of Epirus; as a hero of the Samnite and other wars, and as an exemplar of humble riving, see Consolation to Helvia One shouldn’t procrastinate, nor retire from work so late that there ghe not much time left before illness or something similar comes.

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o But nobody works out the value of time: There’ll be no shortage of men of both scrupulous good character and dili- gent service. A classic analogy from this letter is that one who is old has not really necessarily lived long, any more than one who embarks on a ship and is tossed around on the waves in the harbor has made a long journey; he has only existed long.