Vita Brevis…

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 8:59 am

vita brevis
“Here’s my tattoo of a Latin Hippocrates quote. Translated it says “life is short, art is long”.–Katie

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Comments (6)

  1. T

    isn’t it Ars longa, vita brevis

  2. Ariana

    I have a tattoo that says Ars Longa Vita Brevis on my back =)

  3. danielle

    lol yeah its Ars Longa, Vita Brevis. It is Latin for “Art is long, Life is short”

  4. lugo

    uhh, you need to shave

  5. vonfleisch

    It does not matter… the meaning is the equal

  6. klabth

    Vita brevis, ars longa is the motto of my sorority, so yes it does function both ways.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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