quotations about life
Life is a hill that gets steeper the more you climb.
JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit at Rest
Each one of us must live the life God gives him; it cannot be shirked.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books
God is found in this Life ... to wait for another is folly.
DAN SIMMONS, Lovedeath
Life, just as we first thought, is playing grownup.
JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit is Rich
Life is not lost by dying! Life is lost
Minute by minute, day by dragging day,
In all the thousand, small, uncaring ways,
The smooth appeasing compromises of time.
STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, A Child is Born
The most decisive actions of our life -- I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future -- are, more often than not, unconsidered. Like a train into which one jumps without thinking, and without asking oneself where it is going.
ANDRE GIDE, The Counterfeiters
If you haven't fought for your life for something you want, you don't know what's life all about.
ROBERT STONE, Dog Soldiers
What is the course of the life
Of mortal men on the earth?--
Most men eddy about
Here and there--eat and drink,
Chatter and love and hate,
Gather and squander, are raised
Aloft, are hurl'd in the dust,
Striving blindly, achieving
Nothing; and, then they die--
Perish; and no one asks
Who or what they have been,
More than he asks what waves
In the moonlit solitudes mild
Of the midmost Ocean, have swell'd,
Foam'd for a moment, and gone.
MATTHEW ARNOLD, Rugby Chapel
Looking at your life as a debt may seem the dreariest view of things at a distance; but it cannot really be so. What makes life dreary is the want of motive; but once beginning to act with the penitential, loving purpose you have in your mind, there will be unexpected satisfactions--there will be newly-opening needs--continually coming to carry you on from day to day. You will find your life growing like a plant.
GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda
If life be wretched, it is hard to bear it; if it be happy, it is horrible to lose it ; both come to the same thing.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Mankind", Les Caractères
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
J.M. BARRIE, The Little Minister
We've been told there's a certain way to live ... that this is living ... and we ... we never really questioned it. We just sort of went along. But what if it's not the best way? What if there's another way that's better? What if there's something more?!
WALTER WYKES, The Profession
How small a porton of our life it is that we really enjoy. In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age, we are looking backwards to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day, when we have time.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
Football is a team game. So is life.
JOE NAMATH, attributed, Where Football Is King
You should live everyday like it's your birthday.
PARIS HILTON, attributed, The Ultimate Book of Quotations
Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.
JOANNE HARRIS, Chocolat
There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
JACK LONDON, The Call of the Wild
Life is a dream in the night, a fear among fears,
A naked runner lost in a storm of spears.
ARTHUR SYMONS, "In the Wood of Finvara"
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth