ars longa, vita brevis -> life is short, art long

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Ars longa, vita brevis ->  Ο βίος βραχύς, η δε τέχνη μακρή  (Life is short, [the] art long)

"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, experience misleading, 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).,_vita_brevis

ars longa vita brevis -> art is long, life is short

The Latin translation by Seneca (De Brevitate Vitae, 1.1) of a phrase from Hippocrates, often used out of context. The "art" referred to in the original aphorism was the craft of medicine, which took a lifetime to acquire.

Wikipedia—List of Latin phrases
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