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Quotes: Lucius Annaeus Seneca

22 Mar

“Men are very strict in keeping their patrimony intact, but when it comes to squandering time they are most lavish of the one item where miserliness is respectable.”

 “Search your memory: how seldom you have had a consistent plan, how few days worked out as you intended, how seldom you have enjoyed full use of yourself, how seldom your face was unflurried, what accomplishments you have to show for so long a life, how much of your life has been pilfered by others without your being aware of it, how much of it you have lost, how much was dispensed on groundless regret, foolish gladness, greedy desire, polite society — and then realize that your death will be premature.”

“In the meanwhile, while [people] are robbing and being robbed, while they disrupt each other’s repose and make one another miserable, life remains without profit, without pleasure, without moral improvement. No one keeps death in view, everyone focuses on remote hopes.”

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca: “On the Shortness of Life”

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Philosophy, Quotes

 

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