ars longa, vita brevis

Latin phrase

ars lon·​ga, vi·​ta bre·​vis ärs-ˈlȯŋ-ˌgä ˌwē-ˌtä-ˈbre-wis How to pronounce ars longa, vita brevis (audio)
: art is long, life is short : learning one's craft takes so long that a lifetime may not be adequate
also : works of art may outlive their creators

Dictionary Entries Near ars longa, vita brevis

arsle

ars longa, vita brevis

Ars Magna

Cite this Entry

“Ars longa, vita brevis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ars%20longa%2C%20vita%20brevis. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!