The majority of people, Pauline, laments about the cruelty of nature, for the fact that we live for little of time, and for the fact that the time, given to us, slips away very rapidly and very speedily, to the point that, with the exception of a very few people, life leaves the others when they actually begin to live. Not only the ignorant people and the crowd, as we think, cried about this common evil; this feeling let out the cries of famous people. From this derives the famous sentence of the greatest of the doctors (Hippocrates) that ‘life is short, art is long’. From this derives also, the argument, least adept to a sage, of Aristotle, while he quarrels with nature, that ‘the nature had given much time to animals, so that they could live for five or ten generations, and for man, who is born for great and a lot of deeds, is fixed a short time’. We do not have less time, but we waste most of it. Life is long enough and it is showered upon us generously to complete great tasks, if we use the whole life wisely; but when we waste it in luxury and in negligence, or when we invest it in useless tasks, finally at the nearing of the death we did not comprehend that life is going away, we feel that it is already passed away. Thus is the case: we did not receive a small life, but we render it, nor we are poor of it (life, time), but rather rich. As the great and royal riches, when went in the hands of bad lord, vanished away in a second, but as much modest riches, if came to a good custodian, grew with (wise) use, so is our life, which extends a lot for the one who manage it in a right way.

 

 

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