quotations about life
Life itself suggests a higher good than life itself can yield.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
You can buy life only with life.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
A long life is a life well spent.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life
Our life is in the loom; it rolls up and is hidden as fast as it is woven. It is to be taken out of the loom only when we leave this world; then only shall we see the pattern.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
The whole art of living consists in giving up existence in order to exist.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
Life is a Shylock; always it demands
The fullest userer's interest for each pleasure.
Gifts are not freely scattered by its hands;
We make returns for every borrowed treasure.
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, "The Law"
Life is exponential. Two becomes four, becomes ten thousand, becomes a plague.
PAOLO BACIGALUPI, The Windup Girl
Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments.
ANAIS NIN, diary, winter, 1931-32
One's life should be sufficiently interesting to furnish entertainment in the record.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
A life is a moment in season. A life is one snowfall. A life is one autumn day. A life is the delicate, rapid edge of a closing door's shadow. A life is a brief movement of arms and of legs.
ALAN LIGHTMAN, Einstein's Dreams
Life is a warfare against the malice of others.
BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The realization that life is absurd and cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but the consequences and rules of action drawn from it.
ALBERT CAMUS, attributed, Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd
Behold the life at ease; it drifts,
The sharpened life commands its course.
GEORGE MEREDITH, "Hard Weather"
The life most of us live are lives we are forced to live by immediate needs, influences, and pressures.
WALTER MOSLEY, Black Genius
Life compulsively dangled the possibility of life. Life, the dramatist on speed. Life, that couldn't stop with its foreshadows and ironies and symbols and clues, its wretched jokes and false endings and twists. Life with its hopeless addiction to plot.
GLEN DUNCAN, Talulla Rising
We are meant to taste of life ... and drink the cup of it to the dregs, bitter and sweet alike.
JACQUELINE CAREY, Kushiel's Dart
Life thunders on.
LOLA RIDGE, "Frank Little at Calvary"
How much more interesting life would be if only more people had the courage and skill to act themselves, instead of abjectly understudying some one else!
RICHARD LE GALLIENNE, "The Dramatic Art of Life", Prose Fancies
Life is not a bed of roses.
Flirting with death is the spice of life.
MARGARET LOCK, Twice Dead