On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

Stoking the Flames of Stoicism

“In any situation in life you will find delights and relaxations and pleasures if you are prepared to make light of your troubles and not let them distress you. ~On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca


This is brief and poignant essay by Roman Philosopher, Seneca the Younger who was born circa mid first century A.D.


The Stoic philosophy elaborates a way of life that is based on the virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance and justice. It is designed to emphasize logical thinking that removes stress from unnecessary rumination and build resilience. This approach to life helps see situations logically and practically, rationally target any obstacles.

This essay by Seneca reminds us that we have much time in life, but it is made short because we spend it doing things that aren’t important. It advocates spending time and energy to work on what matters to you, so you can live a fulfilling life. Many people treasure their possessions, but give away time without a thought.

On the Shortness of Life is great for those needing a reset on how to regard the time you have left on this earth, anyone wanting an introduction to Stoic thinking, or people who are looking for structure and want to adopt a practical philosophy for life.

“There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living.


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