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Seneca: On the Shortness of Life

Seneca: On the Shortness of Life

“You are living as if destined to live for ever; your own frailty never occurs to you; 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 are devoting to somebody or something may be your last. You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire… How late it is to begin really to live just when life must end! How stupid to forget our mortality, and put off sensible plans to our fiftieth and sixtieth years, aiming to begin life from a point at which few have arrived!”

On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It by Seneca

Martin Luther King Jr. echoed this sentiment when he said: “This ‘Wait!’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’”

The only time is now. Don’t waste it.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.