quotations about life
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
The secret of the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment of existence is: to live dangerously!
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, The Joyful Wisdom
Life is made up of marble and mud.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables
Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.
GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt
Life packed a clever one-two punch: cruelty and absurdity.
DEAN KOONTZ, Velocity
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
Living is a hazardous profession.
TOBSHA LEARNER, The Witch of Cologne
Do not take life too seriously--you will never get out of it alive.
ELBERT HUBBARD, The American Bible
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face
ALANIS MORISSETTE, "Ironic"
Life is a skeleton-land over which are hovering reflections, past and future fulfillments, clinging raiments of old desires, spread in full blaze upon the bones of the dead.
ELISE PUMPELLY CABOT, "Arizona"
Life is more sweet than I
Knew: the shifted scene
Less wavered, more trimmed with light,
Than the years before.
Look down. People pass over the ice
As a file of thin ghosts creep,
And fade beyond the hill.
You, and you, and you--
Small souls, shrinking away.
MARK TURBYFILL, "Journey"
The great river-courses which have shaped the lives of men have hardly changed; and those other streams, the life-currents that ebb and flow in human hearts, pulsate to the same great needs, the same great loves and terrors. As our thought follows close in the slow wake of the dawn, we are impressed with the broad sameness of the human lot, which never alters in the main headings of its history--hunger and labour, seed-time and harvest, love and death.
GEORGE ELIOT, Romola
Life is like a moustache. It can be wonderful or terrible. But it always tickles.
NORA ROBERTS, From the Heart
Into each life some rain must fall.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, "The Rainy Day"
And if sometimes, commingled with life's wine,
We find the wormwood, and rebel and shrink,
Be sure a wiser hand than yours or mine
Pours out this potion for our lips to drink.
MAY RILEY SMITH, "Sometime"
Like a ghostly roll of drums remorselessly beat the measure of life.
VIRGINIA WOOLF, To the Lighthouse
Life has a value only when it has something valuable as its object.
GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL, Lectures on the Philosophy of History
Life should be touched, not strangled.
RAY BRADBURY, Farewell Summer