Ars longa, vita brevis
Ars longa, vita brevis are the first two lines of a Latin translation of an aphorism written by ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates. The words are referring to art of practicing medicine, acquired in a lifetime. The word - art is interpreted as a craft, a technique, and refers to the medical activity, importance of this activity and responsibility of doctor towards patient, difficult decisions that medical staff are facing when are treating a sick person. The English translation is: art is long, life is short. The full text in Latin is:
English Translation appears in two forms, first easier to understand and the second one is using words with Latin origin:
The art is long,
Life is short,
Art is long,
Vitality is brief,
Often the phrase is taken out of context referring to the availability we should have to experiment new things when the opportunity comes along. Some occasions are once in a lifetime that is why we should take advantage of them and live intensively.