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I was just doing my homework for my Latin class and I translated this to English. I felt like sharing it because Cicero's essay was so fun to translate(this is just the last paragraph I translated).

However, what is "a long time" in a man's nature? Even if anyone lived for a long time ( I see it written that a certain Arganthonius indeed lived for a hundred and twenty years), to me it seems that no life that has an end is long. Hours indeed pass by, and months, and years, past time never returns nor can the future be known. Because time is given to us, we ought to be happy and content with it. - Cicero (from his essay "On Old Age")

Most Latin doesn't sound very good when translated directly to English, so I did a bit of tweaking to make it sound better, but other than that he was such an amazing writer!
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prestonkei Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No amount of time, "long" or "short", is worth while unless you've got someone to share it with.- Prestonkei (from this random comment)
Ahem. Sorry, I spew random philosophy out sometimes.
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death-g-reaper Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, very true, or a purpose for it. Life spans are worth nothing should they have no purpose.
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prestonkei Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Though most people expect a purpose to be given to them, when they're really supposed to decide one for themselves. The people who think purpose is given to them usually act like Agent Smith from the matrix.
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death-g-reaper Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Everyone has to figure out their own purpose, it's not really given or decided in my opinion. For example, I think my purpose is to try to make people smile, and my brother's is probably helping other people make wiser decisions (a lot of his friends were total screw-ups before they met him).
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prestonkei Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like thinking about it too much. I just charge forth and do what I feel is right.
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death-g-reaper Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think too much about these things.
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prestonkei Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, you kinda do. But I like that. Makes you more of a four dimensional character.
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death-g-reaper Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ha! I am four-dimensional! Beat that, suckas!
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