The author is the father of Roman Stoicism. His brand of this philosophy values a code of ethics that focus on living the present, without fear of pain and sorrow, and without attributing much importance to joyful, yet fleeting, desires. The past is gone and cannot be changed, the future is unknown and potentially too short to do what one thinks should be done.
So, you do it now.
You live your ideals now.
You do good now.
Don't waste time in regret for what has passed, or in anticipation or fear of what is to come.
Your Time is only Now.
You learn from the past, for your present's sake; and you don't busy yourself with matters of the future that could steal it (the present) from you.
Since one's life is too short, one has expand it with many lifetimes, but has to make them count: he advised you and me to learn what great thinkers before us learned in their own short lives. (He recommended the company of past philosophers and their works)
A very sobering advice on life, from a man who cheated death, and came to teach us 2 thousand years after his own "shoet" life.
Quotes from the book:
You have all the fears of mortals and all the desires of immortals.
In guarding their fortune men are often close-fisted, yet, when it comes to the matter of wasting time, in the case of the one thing in which it is right to be miserly, they show themselves most prodigal.
They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.
Envy works upon what is close at hand, and things that are far off we are more free to admire
Moreover, what is doomed to perish brings pleasure to no one; very wretched, therefore, and not merely short, must the life of those be who work hard to gain what they must work harder to keep.
By great toil they attain what they wish, and with anxiety hold what they have attained; meanwhile they take no account of time that will never more return. New engrossments take the place of the old, hope leads to new hope, ambition to new ambition.
Reasons for anxiety will never be lacking, whether born of prosperity or of wretchedness; life pushes on in a succession of engrossments. We shall always pray for leisure, but never enjoy it.
Now while the blood is hot, we must enter with brisk step upon the better course. In this kind of life there awaits much that is good to know -the love and practice of the virtues, forgetfulness of the passions, knowledge of living and dying, and a life of deep repose
- Paperback: 38 pages
- Publisher: Benediction Classics (30 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781399573
- ISBN-13: 978-1781399576
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.2 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 81.6 g
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