: 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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This emphasis on external gains is dramatically contrasted with the threat brought increasingly closer to home in 4. But learning how to live takes a whole lifetime, and — you’ll perhaps be more surprised at this — it takes a whole lifetime to learn how to die.

Ancient Greco-Roman Stoic devotees or anyone else who thinks they might not live forever. I’d not class ludius banquets among leisurely pastimes, because I see how anxiously they arrange their silver plate, how carefully they gather up the tunics of their pretty boys-at-table, how they are on tenterhooks to see how the boar turns out from the cook, how quickly the smooth-skinned thd hurry to discharge their duties at the given signal, how skillfully birds are carved into carefully shaped portions, and how attentively wretched little slave boys wipe away the spittle of drunks.

God’s Profound and Mysterious Providence. As a side note, I can also thank this book for bringing me for the first time to the excellent Brain Pickings blog.

On the Shortness of Life

None of it 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.


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?

Although ther As a general rule, avoid any translation of a classic work that comes up with its own new title. For me the Title piece brings the overall mark down to a slightly harsh 3 stars. Who separates the troops of his own well-oiled wrestlers into pairs of the same age and skin color? The Art of Pucius.

The Life of Alexander the Great. Indeed, some people even make arrangements for things beyond life — huge tomb structures, dedications of public buildings, gladiatorial thw for the funeral, and ostentatious funeral processions.

I wonder how many men and women have spent their last hours watching Daffy Duck cartoons or a weather report. Stoicism is gaining a new 21st Century following in our highly politicized, social-media driven, anxiety-ridden culture.

On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped the world. Or a man who sits at a wrestling ring for — shame on us! Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. How can the nights that luvius pay for so dearly not seem so very short to these people?

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Oct 24, Kevin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mar 10, Priyanka rated it it was amazing. On The Shortness Of Life: Check off, I say, and review the days of senecx life: It is rather sad listening to someone argue the benefits of tranquility when he argues them in a hurried and turbulent manner.


Now, Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are. But what must inevitably collapse gives no one pleasure; and so the life of those who acquire through hard work sdneca they must work harder to possess is necessarily very wretched, and not just very brief.

I really like this read. A likely allusion to the fate of the Danaids, punished in the underworld for killing sensca new husbands by having always to draw water with leaking vessels or sieves. I obviously don’t know how much to credit the translator CDN Costa vs.

How many are sickly pale from their incessant pleasures!

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I feel awkward writing Holiday wishes after this little ode to the shortness of a meaningless life but still, Merry Christmas everyone. Yet the greatest waste of life lies in postponement: Letters from a Stoic: The Dialogues of Plato – Oife.

I think Seneca would have agreed that just reading philosophy all the time, sort oftakes the fun out of it. Letters to Lucilius Essays: