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For the album by The Nice, see Ars Longa Vita Brevis (album)."Ars longa, vita brevis" is a Latin phrase, part of an aphorism originally by the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, and is one of the sources of the popular English aphorism "Life is short."In its original form in his Greek work Aphorisms, (sect. I, no. 1) it is “Ὁ βίος βραχύς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή” rendered in Latin as “Ars longa, vita brevis" and often translated as “Life is short, the art long." Or in its full form "Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment 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.” It is also famously quoted, slightly differently, by Seneca in his De brevitate vitæ (On the shortness of life).Consider also Chaucer's “The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.” (from Parlement of Foules)
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