quotations about life
Life, just as we first thought, is playing grownup.
JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit is Rich
Any man's life, told truly, is a novel.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Death in the Afternoon
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
Each one of us must live the life God gives him; it cannot be shirked.
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
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"
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.
CHRISTOPHER MORLEY, Where the Blue Begins
Tact is not a small thing; in the battle of life it is more powerful than a bludgeon.
ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life
A life is black, whiten it as you will.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
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 shock, the power of an ordinary life. It is a thing you could not invent with banks of computers in a dust-free room.
DON DELILLO, Underworld
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
Life is the root of Eden's loftiest tree
Whose ripened fruit is immortality.
MARTHA LAVINIA HOFFMAN, "God's Gift to Man"
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
MARY OLIVER, "The Summer Day", New and Selected Poems