Sunday, October 15, 2006

On the Shortness of Life

Today, I heard Fred Edwords speak on the Stoic philosophers and their views of living the good life. Most memorable are his readings from the works of Seneca, which I found online as translated for the Loeb Classical Library.

"The majority of mortals, Paulinus, complain bitterly of the spitefulness of Nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, because even this space that has been granted to us rushes by so speedily and so swiftly that all save a very few find life at an end just when they are getting ready to live."



Blogger Kilroy Trout said...

Wonderful essay indeed - added to my bookmarks.


1:13 AM  
Blogger metamerist said...

You're welcome.

One of these rainy Sundays, I hope to sit down and read the entire Loeb Classical Library. If it rains on the Saturday before, maybe I'll even have time to learn Greek and Latin first, so I can read both the originals and the translations.

9:05 AM  

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