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On the Shortness of Life

Seneca

On the Shortness of Life

by Seneca

On the Shortness of Life

Seneca

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On The Shortness Of Life is a 2,000-year-old, 20-page essay by Seneca, Roman Stoic philosopher, and teacher to the emperors, about how we can best use our time to lead a long and fulfilling life.

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On the Shortness of Life

by Seneca

On the Shortness of Life

Seneca

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On The Shortness Of Life is the definite call to action to end procrastination, and it's 2,000 years old. Named De Brevitate Vitae in Latin, Seneca the Younger wrote it in 49 AD as a moral essay in the form of a letter addressed to his father-in-law.

If we had a bank account into which $86,400 were deposited daily, with the remaining balance being deleted at 12 AM, we'd all be sure to draw out every cent and spend it wisely. Yet we gleefully give away the 86,400 seconds we're given each day to strangers and senseless pursuits. Seneca's teachings can help us change that and improve our lives for the better.

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"You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire."

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