quotations about life
To those who view the voyage of life from the port of departure the bark that has accomplished any considerable distance appears already in close approach to the farther shore.
AMBROSE BIERCE, "The Death of Halpin Frayser"
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
MUHAMMAD ALI, Woman's Day, Apr. 1, 2009
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
To withhold from living is to die ... the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes you.
ANAIS NIN, diary, Mar. 6, 1936
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
That's the problem with being alive ... You've got to keep thinking of what to do.
GLEN DUNCAN, Death of an Ordinary Man
Life is a moment stolen from eternity.
ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, attributed, Selected Thoughts from the French: XV Century-XX Century, with English Translations
Life is a stream
On which we strew
Petal by petal the flower of our heart.
AMY LOWELL, "Petals", A Dome of Many-coloured Glass
A life knows few revelations; these must be followed when they come.
JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit at Rest
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.
RUMI, attributed, When the Moon Slips Away: Rejoicing in Everyday Miracles
Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.
EMILY DICKINSON, letter to Louisa and Frances Norcross, Apr. 1873
Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
EUGENE O'NEILL, Lazarus Laughed
Life is so complicated a game that the devices of skill are liable to be defeated at every turn by air-blown chances, incalculable as the descent of thistle-down.
GEORGE ELIOT, Romola
Life is too short to blend in.
PARIS HILTON, Confessions of an Heiress
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
FRANCIS BACON, Advancement of Learning
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
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES, Leisure