The Shortness of Life

Life is Long If You Know How to Use It

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”~Senca. Learn 4 Tips that will help you stop wasting time and reevaluate your priorities!

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“Let us learn to increase our self-restraint, to curb luxury, to moderate ambition, to soften anger, to regard poverty without prejudice, to practice frugality, even if many are ashamed of it. To apply to nature’s needs the remedies that are cheaply available, to curb as if in fetters unbridled hopes and a mind obsessed with the future, and to aim to acquire our riches from ourselves rather than from Fortune.”

~ Seneca from The Shortness of Life

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known as Seneca the Younger or simply Seneca /ˈsɛnɪkə/; c. 4 BC – AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature.

He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, some sources state that he may have been innocent.His father was Seneca the Elder, his elder brother was Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus, and his nephew was the poet Lucan.

Seneca was born in Cordoba in Hispania, and raised in Rome, where he was trained in rhetoric and philosophy.

Miriam Griffin says in her biography of Seneca that “the evidence for Seneca’s life before his exile in 41 is so slight, and the potential interest of these years, for social history as well as for biography, is so great that few writers on Seneca have resisted the temptation to eke out knowledge with imagination. Griffin also infers from the ancient sources that Seneca was born in either 8, 4, or 1 BC. She thinks he was born between 4 and 1 BC and was a resident in Rome by AD 5. Seneca says that he was carried to Rome in the arms of his mother’s stepsister. Griffin says that, allowing for rhetorical exaggeration, means “it is fair to conclude that Seneca was in Rome as a very small boy.” Be that as it may, it is clear that he was in Rome at a relatively early stage in his life.

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