On the Shortness of Life

On the Shortness of Life

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Title:On the Shortness of Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143036326
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  • Glenn Russell

    The great Roman philosopher, statesman, dramatist Seneca ( BC 4 – AD 64) wrote many letters encouraging friends to apply themselves to the task of living a free, wise, tranquil and joyful life. On t...

  • Bill  Kerwin

    Now that I've read a few philosophical essays by Seneca the Younger, I am inclined to believe every bad thing I have ever heard about him.Before this, I've cut him some slack. Sure, he—along with hi...

  • Florencia

    The problem, Paulinus, is not that we have a short life, but that we waste time.Life is long and there is enough of it for satisfying personal accomplishments if we use our hours well.But when time is...

  • Samra Yusuf

    "Can anything be more idiotic than certain people who boast of their foresight? They keep themselves officiously preoccupied in order to improve their lives; they spend their lives in organizing their...

  • Abubakar Mehdi

    This is an excellent philosophical essay written by Seneca, one of the most significant Roman philosophers and one whom we might call the father of Stoicism. The problem is simple, we are never conten...

  • 7jane

    This Stoic's three writings in this book came at a perfect time for me. I feel that I'm at a point when you want to look at your life, and make sure the rest of it goes more in the way you want. It's ...

  • Sara

    It is amazing how something written so long ago can have such relevance today. I found this essay really inspiring.here is a good quote:"Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently gene...

  • Ryan Holiday

    As a general rule, avoid any translation of a classic work that comes up with its own new title. It normally means that the author is trying to appeal to contemporary readers more than the spirit of t...

  • Frankie

    This is, so to speak, Seneca the Younger's greatest hits album. The first "On the Shortness of Life" is probably his most popular, but I prefer the last "On Tranquillity of Mind". I realize there has ...

  • Andr Bueno

    I really like this read. I compiled some of my favorite quotes and organized them by order of importance, in my opinion of course. My favorite ones follow:“You act like mortals in all that you fear,...