“It is not that we have a short time,” writes Seneca, “but that we waste a lot of it.”
Seneca wrote these words two thousands year ago. He’s one of the first stoics of this world. His writings might be old but in this age of constant distraction of smartphones and tablets, they are more relevant than ever. His writings focus on Time – The most precious resource that we waste most of it.
Below are the ten quotes from the book that I’m reading these days. These are a wonderful reminder of the two things that we constant seem to forget – Value of Time and the benefit of a calm mind.
1.“Life is long, if you know how to use it.”
2.“Often a very old man has no other proof of his long life than his age.”
3.”You have to get used to your circumstances, complain about them as little as possible, and grasp whatever advantage they have to offer: no condition is so bitter that a stable mind cannot find some consolation in it.”
4.“Everlasting misfortune does have one blessing, that it ends up by toughening those whom it constantly afflicts.”
5.“It is a small part of life we really live.’ Indeed, all the rest is not life but merely time.”
6.“but the most wretched are those who are toiling not even at their own preoccupations, but must regulate their sleep by another’s, and their walk by another’s pace, and obey orders in those freest of all things, loving and hating. If such people want to know how short their lives are, let them reflect how small a portion is their own.”
7. “How much happier is the man who owes nothing to anybody except the one he can most easily refuse, himself!”
8. “People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”
9. “You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire”
10.“They lose the day in waiting for the night, and the night in fearing the dawn.”
11.“Then they reflect how pointlessly they acquired things they never would enjoy, and how all their toil has been in vain.”
12.“Finally, it is generally agreed that no activity can be successfully pursued by an individual who is preoccupied”