— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Die Kunst ist lang, das Leben kurz, das Urteil schwierig, die Gelegenheit flüchtig. Bk. VII, Ch. 9 Cf. Hippocrates, Ars longa vita brevis, Aphorisms 1:1
— Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
Part of the secret "call and response" codewords by which members of the long-lived Howard Families can identify others: : Life is short. But the years are long. Not while the evil days come not.
— Martha Gellhorn journalist from the United States 1908 - 1998
— Conor McGregor Irish mixed martial artist and boxer 1988
UFC 178 post-event press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAAC34JzxS0 (September 2014), Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zuffa, LLC
„Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision 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.“
— Hippocrates ancient Greek physician 460
Ὁ βίος βραχὺς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρὴ, ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξὺς, ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερὴ, ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή. Δεῖ δὲ οὐ μόνον ἑωυτὸν παρέχειν τὰ δέοντα ποιεῦντα, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸν νοσέοντα, καὶ τοὺς παρεόντας, καὶ τὰ ἔξωθεν. Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile. Nec vero solum seipsum praestare oportet oportuna facientem: sed et assidentes, et exteriora. 1:1, Variant translation: Art is long; life is short; opportunity is fleeting; judgement is difficult; experience is deceitful. Compare: "The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne", Geoffrey Chaucer, The Assembly of Fowles, line 1.