Therefore, my Lucilius, do as you write to me that you are doing, and hold every hour in your grasp, so that you depend less upon tomorrow, having cast your hand to work today. Life passes by while it is postponed.
- Epistle 1
The time to amend our character is now. Dying daily, as we are, we must not depend on a tomorrow that has never been promised to us, nor even on a later hour in the day. The natural End or goal of Man's life, living virtuously according to Nature, is the task that is ever at hand. Indeed, it is the Task of life for a rational creature. We postpone, as it were, life itself, while we are set upon some other task. Life, then, passes us by.