‘Even were you about to live three thousand years or thrice ten thousand, nevertheless remember this, that no one loses any other life than this which he is living, nor lives any other than this which he is losing. Thus the longest and the shortest come to the same thing. For the present is equal for all, and what is passing is therefore equal: thus what is being lost is proved to be...
‘It is the superfluous things for which men sweat,—the superfluous things that wear our togas threadbare, that force us to grow old in camp, that dash us upon foreign shores. That which is enough is ready to our hands.’ ~ Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, Letter IV
‘Never say about anything, “I have lost it,” but only “I have given it back.”’ ~ Epictetus, The Handbook, 11
‘Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardships of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.’ ~ Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, Letter IV
‘Nothing, Lucilius, is ours, except time. We were entrusted by nature with the ownership of this single thing, so fleeting and slippery that anyone who will can oust us from this possession.’ ~ Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, Letter I
‘For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed. Whatever years lie behind us are in death’s hands.’ ~ Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, Letter I
‘Most excellent man, are you who are a citizen of Athens, the greatest of cities and the most famous for wisdom and power, not ashamed to care for the acquisition of wealth and for reputation and honour, when you neither care nor take thought for wisdom and truth and the perfection of your soul?’ ~ Socrates, from Plato’s Apology
‘[T]he unexamined life is not worth living…’ ~ Socrates, from Plato’s Apology