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Single Idea 13302

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 2. Happiness / b. Eudaimonia]

Full Idea

As it is with a play, so it is with life - what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how good it is.

Gist of Idea

Life is like a play - it is the quality that matters, not the length


Seneca the Younger (Letters from a Stoic [c.60], 077)

Book Reference

Seneca: 'Letters from a Stoic (Selections)', ed/tr. Campbell,Robin [Penguin 1969], p.130

A Reaction

A very nice epigram, culminating the wonderful Letter 77 on the subject of death. A play needs to be a decent length if it is to exhibit its qualities. It would be heartbreaking if all of Shakespeare's plays were just 20-minute sketches.