Sunday, April 18, 2010


On the shortness of life 

I love these small Penguin books about great ideas. They make the great philosophers and thinkers available to us in artistic bring along books. 
It has been questioned when actually Seneca was born but the say about 5 BC and that he died AD 65 when he was forced to commit suicide. 
Seneca was a philosopher, dramatist, statesman and humorist, during the Silver Age of Latin Literature. 

"we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it"

"Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn."

"...learning how to live takes a whole life, takes a whole life to learn how to die."

"live immediately"

"Life is divided into three periods, past, present and future. Of these, the present is short, the future is doubtful, the past is certain"

"Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only those are really alive"

"No man is despised by another unless he is first despised by himself"

I will end it with this great paragraph... have a fabulous study day, with love:)

"If you apply yourself to study you will avoid all boredom with life, you will not long for night because you are sick of daylight, you will be neither a burden to yourself nor useless to others, you will attract many to become your friends and the finest people will flock around you".


  1. i love these books too. marcus aurelius meditations is a good one.

  2. thank you for sharing this...this post makes for a great start on a Monday morning. I can't wait to check this books out.