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. In his moral essay on the shortness of life seneca the stoic philosopher and playwright offers us an urgent reminder on the non renewability of our most important resource our time it is a required reading for anyone who wishes to live to their full potential and it is a manifesto on how to get back on the shortness of life book summary key lessons and best quotes read more . Full text of seneca on the shortness of life see other formats 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 . 312 quotes from on the shortness of life you act like mortals in all that you fear and like immortals in all that you desire
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