quotations about life
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
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
HENRY ADAMS, The Education of Henry Adams
You're alive. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change.
NEIL GAIMAN, The Graveyard Book
Life packed a clever one-two punch: cruelty and absurdity.
DEAN KOONTZ, Velocity
Store well Life's sheaves, the grains of thought--
Your harvest will be good,
If sheaves are bound by ties of love,
And evil you've withstood.
ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Gathering of the Sheaves"
Life is a riddle we die in guessing.
CLARA MARCELLE FARRAR GREENE, "Before the Wedding"
There are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. But I prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well to worth staying up all night to finish.
DANIEL HANDLER, (as Lemony Snicket), Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
Life calls the tune, we dance.
JOHN GALSWORTHY, Five Tales
Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait.
G. K. CHESTERTON, Orthodoxy
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.
RAINER MARIA RILKE, Letters to a Young Poet
Life is but a prelude.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
It's over before you know it. It all goes by so fast. Yeah the bad nights take forever, and the good nights don't ever seem to last.
TOM PETTY, The Best of Everything
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, Woman's Day Magazine, Jun. 1, 2007
If we look at life in its small details, how ridiculous it all seems. It is like a drop of water seen through a microscope, a single drop teeming with protozoa. How we laugh as they bustle about so eagerly and struggle with one another. Whether here, or in the little span of human life, this terrible activity produces a comic effect.
IRVIN D. YALOM, The Schopenhauer Cure
Life has an--an irony all its own. What you wish for, you get, but you discover that it's not what you want.
JOHN AUSTIN CONNOLLY, The Boys from Siam
The zest for life of those unusual men and women who make a great zealous success of living is due more often in good part to the craftiness and pertinacity with which they manage to overlook the misery of others. You can watch them watch life beat the stuffing out of the faces of their friends and acquaintances, although they themselves seem to outwit the dense delays of social custom, the tedious tick-tock of bureaucratic obfuscation, accepting loss and age and change and disappointment without suffering punctures in their stomach lining.
EDWARD HOAGLAND, Tigers & Ice
How small a portion 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
No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Tomorrow Is Now
The art of living is simply getting up after you've been knocked down.
JOE BIDEN, Promises to Keep
Life is a moment stolen from eternity.
ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust