„Life is short, but its ills make it seem long.“

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„Art is long, life is short.“

—  Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 BC

Seneca's (De Brevitate Vitae, 1.1) Latin translation of the Greek by Hippocrates.
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Original: (la) Ars longa, vita brevis.

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„Life is short, but the years are long.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, book Methuselah's Children

Part of the secret "call and response" codewords by which members of the long-lived Howard Families can identify others:
: Life is short.
But the years are long.
Not while the evil days come not.
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„Art indeed is long, but life is short.“

—  Andrew Marvell English metaphysical poet and politician 1621 - 1678

Upon the Death of Lord Hastings (1649), last line
Variant: "Art is long, and time is fleeting." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life (1839).

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„Life is too short, and Proust is too long.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924

Apparently an invention by Maurice Sachs; see discussion in Quotes about Proust.
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„Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient.“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832

Die Kunst ist lang, das Leben kurz, das Urteil schwierig, die Gelegenheit flüchtig.
Bk. VII, Ch. 9
Cf. Hippocrates, Ars longa vita brevis, Aphorisms 1:1
Wilhelm Meister's Lehrjahre (Apprenticeship) (1786–1830)

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„Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate.“

—  Hippocrates ancient Greek physician -460 - -370 BC

Ὁ βίος βραχὺς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρὴ, ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξὺς, ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερὴ, ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή. Δεῖ δὲ οὐ μόνον ἑωυτὸν παρέχειν τὰ δέοντα ποιεῦντα, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸν νοσέοντα, καὶ τοὺς παρεόντας, καὶ τὰ ἔξωθεν.
1:1, Variant translation: Art is long; life is short; opportunity is fleeting; judgement is difficult; experience is deceitful. Compare: "The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne", Geoffrey Chaucer, The Assembly of Fowles, line 1.
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Original: (el) Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile. Nec vero solum seipsum praestare oportet oportuna facientem: sed et assidentes, et exteriora.

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„Life is too short to spend too long at work and also to waste your time while in the workplace.“

—  Nigel Cumberland British author and leadership coach 1967

Source: Your Job-Hunt Ltd – Advice from an Award-Winning Asian Headhunter (2003), Successful Recruitment in a Week (2012) https://books.google.ae/books?idp24GkAsgjGEC&printsecfrontcover&dqnigel+cumberland&hlen&saX&ved0ahUKEwjF75Xw0IHNAhULLcAKHazACBMQ6AEIGjAA#vonepage&qnigel%20cumberland&ffalse, Managing Teams in a Week (2013) https://books.google.ae/books?idqZjO9_ov74EC&printsecfrontcover&dqnigel+cumberland&hlen&saX&ved0ahUKEwjF75Xw0IHNAhULLcAKHazACBMQ6AEIIDAB#vonepage&qnigel%20cumberland&ffalse, Secrets of Success at Work – 50 techniques to excel (2014) https://books.google.ae/books?id4S7vAgAAQBAJ&printsecfrontcover&dqnigel+cumberland&hlen&saX&ved0ahUKEwjF75Xw0IHNAhULLcAKHazACBMQ6AEIJjAC#vonepage&qnigel%20cumberland&ffalse, p.36

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„Life is too short, or too long, for me to allot myself the luxury of living it so badly.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book Eleven Minutes

Variant: Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
Source: Eleven Minutes

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„It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough.“

—  Seneca the Younger, Moral Essays

De Brevitate Vitae ("On the Shortness of Life", trans. John W. Basore), Ch. 1
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Original: (la) Non exiguum temporis habemus, sed multum perdidimus. Satis longa vita.

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„That more would he serve, if life
Were not so short for love so long.“

—  Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580

Mais servira, se não fora
Para tão longo amor tão curta a vida.
tr. Norwood Andrews
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„Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860

Source: The World as Will and Representation, Vol 1

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„When I was young, life seemed long and endless to me.“

—  Marcello Mastroianni Italian actor 1924 - 1996

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