life's too short


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life's too short

An expression used to encourage action, as opposed to worry and indecision. Oh, just order the banana split—life's too short to worry about calories. Life's too short, so just make up with your sister already.
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Life is too short.

Life is short and there is no point in wasting it on things like worry, hatred, vengeance, etc. I am not going to spend any more time trying to get even with Wally. Life's too short. It's a waste of time worrying about money. Life is too short for that.
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life is too short

Do not waste time on unimportant matters or unworthy emotions, such as anger or anxiety. For example, I could get my revenge by snubbing Tom, but life's too short, or Don't spend all day waiting for his call-life is too short. This phrase, possibly echoing the ancient Latin proverb, Ars longa, vita brevis ("Art is long-lasting, life is short"), is often used to dismiss an unimportant or unworthy concern. [Mid-1800s]
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life is too short

Don’t waste time on unimportant matters or negative feelings. Dating from the mid-1800s, this phrase may allude to the Latin proverb, Ars longa, vita brevis (art is lasting, life is short). It is generally used to dismiss unimportant concerns, as well as to encourage some activity. For example, “Go ahead and use your vacation days—life’s too short to put them off.” Or, as novelist William G. Tapply put it in Gray Ghost (2007), “Life was too damn short and uncertain to keep doing things that didn’t feel right and that you didn’t believe in.”
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