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On the Shortness of Life Penguin Great Ideas The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living the importance of reason and morality and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloq

  • Title: On the Shortness of Life (Penguin Great Ideas)
  • Author: Seneca John W. Basore
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  • On the Shortness of Life (Penguin Great Ideas) By Seneca John W. Basore, The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Throughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired deThe Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Throughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them.Now, Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are Penguin s Great Ideas series features twelve groundbreaking works by some of history s most prodigious thinkers, and each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type drive design that highlights the bookmaker s art Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped the world.

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    1. 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 the Shortness of Life is one of my personal favorites since Seneca, ever the true eclectic, brilliantly draws from the various streams of ancient wisdom Stoic, Epicurean, Platonic, Skeptic, and Cynic, as he addresses some of the most important questions we face as humans Below are several quotes along with m [...]

    2. 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 his cronies, one of whom was Burrus, prefect of the Praetorian Guard ruled Rome during his pupil Nero s young manhood, but the edicts and laws of this period are much humane than the bloody despotic measures which followed True, his The Pumpkinification of Claudius a vicious satire attacking the newly d [...]

    3. 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 squandered in the pursuit of pleasure or vain idleness, when it is spent with no real purpose, the finality of death fast approachesThat notion is the book You surely used different ways to rephrase the essence of your thoughts, Seneca, which are mainly intended to point out that despite our whiny [...]

    4. 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 content and happy with our lives and at the end we think it was too short The solution is even simpler we must start living today We must find pleasure in today rather then burn the midnight s oil for a better tomorrow Seneca is very pissed off on those who waste their present, for the sake of past or futu [...]

    5. It is amazing how something written so long ago can have such relevance today I found this essay really inspiring is a good quote Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was pas [...]

    6. .I On the Shortness of Life It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested .Wealth, however modest, if entrusted to a good custodian, increases with use, so out lifetime extends amply if you manage it properly Believe me, it is the sign of a great man, and one who is above human error, not to allow his time to be frittered away he [...]

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    8. Po svemu sude i, Seneka je bio ne to kao lajf kou anti kog Rima Jedan od osniva a stoicizma, njegova filozofija je vrlo zdravorazumska i uglavnom se svodi, barem u esejima prisutnim u ovoj knji ici, na poku aj razumevanja ljudskog odnosa prema vremenu i sopstvenim ivotima Iako mu je svaka apsolutno na mestu, a glas elokventan i nekako ne an, ne mogu da ka em da sam ne to odu evljen, po to te ideje uglavnom ne pripadaju ba naro ito visoko intelektualnom spektru filozofije Kao to rekoh, sasvim zdr [...]

    9. 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 been some apprehension for Seneca because of his supposed dissipation and association with Nero I simply don t believe these details are historically accurate Not only is history written by the victors, and we all know of what distortions the Roman empire was capable, but being on the staff of a dictator [...]

    10. Haven t we found ourselves, at some point or the other, wondering how we are not given enough time in which to live But is this really true Or are we just gripped by an insatiable greed and a laborious dedication to useless tasks mistakenly calling them productivity and a busyness which is nothing but the surest distraction from living you don t notice how much time has already passed, but squander it as though you had a full and overflowing supply though all the while that very day which you ar [...]

    11. 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 than the spirit of the original work They d rather have some catchy name than describe it as the anthology it actually is This was the reason I was skeptical of reading On the Shortness of Life since Seneca wrote no such collection it s the title of one of his essays but I was thankfully proven wrong Although there are some [...]

    12. 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, and like immortals in all that you desire You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you be [...]

    13. Eu queria mais, soube me a pouco Ainda assim foi uma leitura tremendamente triste N o porque o conte do o seja ou me tenha debatido com alguma ideia em particular Foi antes um constatar, passaram se quase dois mil anos e a humanidade fez um trabalho med ocre no tratamento do Tempo Continuamos a debater nos com as quest es apontadas por S neca ou dever amos.Aprendemos a vender e comprar tempo, ningu m nos ensinou a viv lo Os mil nios passam, a brevidade da vida cada vez mais ef mera, e somos borb [...]

    14. This was super interesting and fascinating how much is still true today I had many thoughts which I explain in a rather long video for such a short book, so forgive me for just linking that here.youtube watch v mPo4r 7 34

    15. This is a very short book, really a collection of three letters The first one is primarily cautioning a friend about getting caught up in life meaning the demands and expectations placed on us, and the forum for empty ambitions that the business of the world provides to the detriment of our contentment or long term happiness A classic analogy from this letter is that one who is old has not really necessarily lived long, any than one who embarks on a ship and is tossed around on the waves in the [...]

    16. This is a book everyone should read at least once a year Don t let the little time you have slip away The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today The whole future lies in uncertainty live immediately.

    17. I was wary of this, as a sexily recovered, retitled thing that looks like something you d read on a train to look clever but it really is a wholesome anthology of 3 essays and letters from the justly beloved Seneca Deeply satisfying and soothing advice, tremendously timeless if you set aside issues like forums and slaves, or find a good metaphor to translate these , and as peaceful as watching The Frugal Gourmet was when I was tiny I feel like Seneca is the sage parent we all wish we had, who ha [...]

    18. Nearly every sentence of this book could be a quote for an inspirational poster It s one of the best books I ve read on the value of ones time, Stoicism in general is one of my favorite philosophy schools especially Seneca and Marcus Aurelius Definitely check out this book, it s easy to read and understand while still being so powerful I ve read it 2 times in a row just because there s so much value concentrated in such a short book.

    19. It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing So it is we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill supplied but wasteful o [...]

    20. OzymandiasBY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEYI met a traveller from an antique land, Who said Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed And on the pedestal, these words appear My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings Look on my Works [...]

    21. 4.5 stars only dinging a half star b c the middle selection wasn t as good as the first and last essays A good read for the early part of the year as a time of goal setting and re prioritizing Stoicism is gaining a new 21st Century following in our highly politicized, social media driven, anxiety ridden culture Reading the work of Seneca is a nice antidote to a poisonous mental and spiritual atmosphere A great book for everyone to read, re read and keep handy.

    22. I really loved this book As so often happens on with books I really loved, I waited forever to write the review because I felt like I really needed time to do it justice unsurprisingly, the result is that I now have less access to the specifics of the book than if I had just written the damn thing right away.I bought this book on a total whim I was in New York for business, and had brunch with my brothers and sister in law the morning before my flight I had a little time to kill before I needed [...]

    23. It is difficult for us to attain leisure from ourselves than from the law, Seneca writes, noting that the law does not draft a soldier after the age of fifty, nor call a man to the Senate after the age of sixty The specifics may vary, depending on time and place, but his point is well taken we do not use our time wisely Those of us who are engrossed , Seneca says, move passively from entertainment to entertainment but when there is no gladiatorial spectacle scheduled, no fine banquet to attend, [...]

    24. My friend bought this book for me and it s probably one of the best book recommendations I ve had in a while It s just filled with life lessons, and titbits of applicable advice Although at times the anecdotes are a little thick to wade through, the overarching ideas and themes are sound I wouldn t have expected a book like this just because I tend to not read this genre of literature to change the way I thought about time and life, but it did Good read to take notes on and discuss Actually, I t [...]

    25. I ve long valued the thinking of the Stoic philosopher Seneca along with his fellow stoic Epictetus , but the additionally wonderful thing about this book is the form it comes in Beautifully done little paperback edition by Penguin with an inlaid print cover only about 7 new at.

    26. Witty as could be, Seneca is a first class satirist his advice resonates now in the digital media than ever It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it.

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