LIFE QUOTES VII

quotations about life

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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

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There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

GEORGE SANTAYANA, "War Shrines", Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies

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Life, like the boring drunk at the office party, keeps seeking you out, leaning on you, killing you with pointless yarns and laughing bad-breathed in your face at its own unfunny jokes.

GLEN DUNCAN, The Last Werewolf

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I wear the chain I forged in life....I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.

CHARLES DICKENS, A Christmas Carol

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Living is one constant and perpetual instant when the arras-veil before what-is-to-be hangs docile and even glad to the lightest naked thrust if we had dared, were brave enough (not wise enough: no wisdom needed here) to make the rending gash.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Absalom, Absalom!

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If it is true ... that no one has a life worth thinking about whose life story cannot be told, does it not then follow that life could be, even ought to be, lived as a story, that what one has to do in life is to make the story come true?

HANNAH ARENDT, Men in Dark Times

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Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living. All things fall under this name. The sun itself is but the dark simulacrum, and light but the shadow of God.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Cyrus' Garden

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Life figures itself to me as a festal or funereal procession.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, "The Procession of Life"

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Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.

MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

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Life is an incurable disease.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, To Dr. Scarborough

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Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

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Life is always uncertain, and common prudence dictates to every man the necessity of settling his temporal concerns, while it is in his power, and while the mind is calm and undisturbed.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Mrs. Martha Washington, Jun. 18, 1775

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For life, with all it yields of joy and woe,
And hope and fear, -- believe the aged friend --
Is just a chance o' the prize of learning love.

ROBERT BROWNING, A Death in the Desert

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I know that life is a journey I must accept and that pain and confusion are temporary. I know that if I follow my heart, it will lead me where I belong.

JOSH GROBAN, O Magazine, Jan. 2007

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, Woman's Day Magazine, Jun. 1, 2007

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Life ... is not about how fast you run or even with what degree of grace. It's about perseverance, about staying on your feet and slogging forward no matter what.

DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Thomas

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Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

RICHARD BACH, Illusions

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Do you know the only value life has is what life puts upon itself? And it is of course overestimated, for it is of necessity prejudiced in its own favour.

JACK LONDON, The Sea Wolf

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The world is a grindstone and life is your nose.

FRED ALLEN, attributed, The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes

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The facts of life are the impossibilities of fiction.

JEROME K. JEROME, "The Materialisation of Charles and Mivanway"

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