Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Seneca on the shortness of life

It is not that we have a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it.
Learning how to live takes a whole life, just as we take a whole life to learn how to die too.Procrastination is the biggest waste of life.
In planning tomorrow, we lost today.
Present is short, future is doubtful and the past is certain. Life is short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future. Prosperity does not elevate the sage and adversity does not depress him. In any situation in life, you will find delight, relaxation and pleasures if you are prepared to make light of your troubles and not let them distress you. Make a stand against Fortune and never give ground to her.
In everything, everybody, eyes and hands and all things that make life dear, live as though it were lent to itself, return the loan on demand, without complaint. Make light of all things and endure them with tolerance. It is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it. Mingle and vary solitude and joining a crowd.

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