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The world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don't mind some people dying all the time or maybe only starving some of the time which isn't half so bad if it isn't you.
A tragedy means always a man's struggle with that which is stronger than man.
After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
And how am I to face the odds of man's bedevilment and God's? I, a stranger and afraid in a world I never made.
I like life. It's something to do. Somewhere on this globe every 10 seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.
Cats and monkeys - monkeys and cats - all human life is there.
Clay lies still but blood's a rover; Breath's a ware that will not keep Up, lad; when the journey's over There'll be time enough to sleep.
Don't do things to not die, do things to enjoy living. The by-product may be not dying.
Every man's road in life is marked by the graves of his personal likings.
Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught Hell for.
Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.
I haven't heard of anybody who wants to stop living on account of the cost.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
If there is another world, he lives in bliss If there is none, he made the best of this.
If way to the Better there be, it exacts a full look at the Worst.
If you won't be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
Is not this the true romantic feeling - not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
Life is a handful of short stories, pretending to be a novel.
Life is a long lesson in humility.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
Life is the only art that we are required to practise without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for the training of a mere beginner.
Magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life.
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Man wants but little here below nor wants that little long.
Oh for a life of sensations rather than of thoughts.
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence only increases in an arithmetical ratio.
Real life is to most men, a long second best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.
Sometimes I wish life had a fast-forward button.
St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
The character of human life, like the character of the human condition, like the character of all life, is "ambiguity": the inseparable mixture of good and evil, the true and false, the creative and destructive forces - both individual and social.
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate and is sometimes equally convenient.
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is the example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without and to depart.
The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone - but never hustled.
The loveliest of trees, the cherry now is hung with bloom along the bough, and stands about the woodland ride wearing white for Eastertide.
The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.
The world is made up of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
There are days when it takes all you've got just to keep up with the losers.
This is the Law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive; That surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap.
We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.
When the world has once begun to use us ill, and afterwards continues the same treatment with less scruple or ceremony, as men do to a whore.
Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
Life only demands from the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible - not to have run away.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.
Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.
Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning.
Life is ever since man was born, licking honey from a thorn.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another, and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be renewed by intervals of absence.
O Life! thou art a galling load, Along a rough, a weary road, to wretches such as I.
I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
The natural rhythm of human life is routine punctuated by orgies.
Were the offer made true, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask should be the privilege of an author, to correct, in a second edition, certain errors of the first.
Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.
The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.
People in the West are always getting ready to live.
You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.
Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.
Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
Life as we find it is too hard for us; it entails too much pain, too many disappointments, impossible tasks. We cannot do without palliative remedies.
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn.
If you're on the merry-go-round, you have to go round.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering and only the very sound or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
The whole of what we know is a system of compensations. Each suffering is rewarded; each sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid.
The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
Basically, I'm interested in friendship, sex and death.
Such as we are made of, such we be.
Measurement of life should be proportioned rather to the intensity of the experience than to its actual length.
Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically ought to be.
Birth, copulation and death. That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks.
Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the universe.
There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing. The main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unforeseen attack.
We never live, but we are always in the expectation of living.
Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy - I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
One man in his time plays many parts.
He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.
One returns to the place one came from.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love - for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
At any given moment life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, tending in a certain direction.
Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
For he who lives more lives than one, more deaths than one must die.
It is better to wear out than to rust out.
My advice to those who are about to begin, in earnest, the journey of life, is to take their heart in one hand and a club in the other.
One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.
All of life is more or less what the French would call s'imposer - to be able to create one's own terms for what one does.
The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.
Real life seems to have no plots.
There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.
Oh, how daily life is. (Ah, que la vie est quotidienne.)
Death and taxes and childbirth. There's never any convenient time for any of them.
We're all in this together - by ourselves.
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savour you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky, and want, more than all the world, your return.
A proverb is no proverb to you till life has illustrated it.
Sloppy, raggedy-assed old life. I love it. I never want to die.
It is not true that life is one damn thing after another- it's one damn thing over and over.
In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
We are most alive when we're in love.
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
And whatever it is that keeps widening your heart, that's Mary, too, not only the power inside you but the love. And when you get down to it, Lily, that's the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love - but to persist in love.
Where there is love there is life.
Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
Love is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important.
What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
I love humanity but I hate people.
To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
Love looks through a telescope; envy through a microscope.
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.
To love means not to impose your own powers on your fellow man but offer him your help. And if he refuses it, to be proud that he can do it on his own strength.
Love is like the truth, sometimes it prevails, sometimes it hurts.
If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.
Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.
I have been so great a lover: filled my days So proudly with the splendour of Love's praise, The pain, the calm, and the astonishment, Desire illimitable, and silent content, And all dear names men use, to cheat despair, For the perplexed and viewless streams that bear Our hearts at random down the dark of life.
The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.
There can be no peace of mind in love, since the advantage one has secured is never anything by a fresh starting-point for further desires.
What I cannot love, I overlook.
A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself - to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
We are all born for love; it is the principle of existence and its only end.
Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
Life isn't long enough for love and art.
The essence of love is kindness.
Love . . . includes fellowship in suffering, in joy and in effort.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
Love is anterior to life Posterior to death Initial of creation, and The exponent of breath.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge as fire is of light.
Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.
I wonder what memories of yours will persist as you go on in life. My hunch is that the most important will have to do with feelings of loving and being loved - whoever's been close to you. As you continue to grow, you'll find many ways of expressing your love and you'll discover more and more ways in which others express their love for you.
Where love is, no room is too small.
If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound.
They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things. Therefore it avails for all things, and fulfils and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless.
Love your neighbor as yourself, but don't take down the fence.
There is no better exercise for strengthening the heart than reaching down and lifting up another.
Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.
Love is letting go of fear.
If we all discovered that we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to tell them that they loved them.
Love doesn't make the world go round, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.
Love's like the measles - all the worse when it comes late in life.
Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.
Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers.
Life is a jig saw puzzle with most of the pieces missing.
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
We come and we cry, and that is life; we yawn and we depart, and that is death!
It matters not how long we live, but how.
Life is a long lesson in humility.
It is a misery to be born, a pain to live, a trouble to die.
Life is but a day at most.
One life - a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.
Hurried and worried until we're buried, and there's no curtain call, Life's a very funny proposition, after all.
For life in general, there is but one decree: youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.
Out of sleeping a waking, Out of waking a sleep.
Our whole life is like a play.
No one is to be despaired of as long as he breathes. (While there is life there is hope.)
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
A useless life is an early death.
All that a man hath will he give for his life.
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!
Christian life consists in faith and charity.
Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life.
My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends - It gives a lovely light.
Ah Love! could you and I with him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire Would we not shatter it to bits - and then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire?
Life is the game that must be played: This truth at least, good friends, we know; So live and laugh, nor be dismayed As one by one the phantoms go.
I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
His saying was: live and let live.
Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow.
May you live all the days of your life.
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
The white flower of a blameless life.
Life is a game of whist. From unseen sources The cards are shuffled, and the hands are dealt. I do not like the way the cards are shuffled, But yet I like the game and want to play.
Men know life too early, women know life too late.
All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening.


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