quotations about life
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
BONG R. OSORIO, "The purpose of life is a life of purpose", The Philippine Star, June 20, 2016
Life is a constant series of new and familiar challenges, adversities that wax and wane until the end.
ANDREW PASCHAL, "Singles Going Steady", PopMatters, September 1, 2016
The greatest philosophy of life should be to live for the benefit of others as much as one lives for the benefit of self. And that is what philosophers call a footprint on the sands of time.
FEMI ABBAS, "A decade of royalty and faith", The Nation, September 2, 2016
This is the strange contract between life and language: language keeps naming and life, like a woman seductively escaping her seducer's caress, keeps just a little beyond its names.
GLEN DUNCAN, By Blood We Live
To live is to war with trolls.
HENRIK IBSEN, dedicatory lines, Peer Gynt
Brief and powerless is man's life; on him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, Philosophical Essays
One Moment in Annihilation's Waste,
One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste--
The Stars are Setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing -- Oh, make haste!
EDWARD FITZGERALD, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
All of life is a foreign country.
JACK KEROUAC, letter, June 24, 1949
In the chequered area of human experience the seasons are all mingled as in the golden age: fruit and blossom hang together; in the same moment the sickle is reaping and the seed is sprinkled; one tends the green cluster and another treads the wine-press. Nay, in each of our lives harvest and spring-time are continually one, until Death himself gathers us and sows us anew in his invisible fields.
GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life -- It goes on.
ROBERT FROST, attributed, A New Treasury of Words to Live By
So it is with all life. A tedium that includes the expectation of nothing but more tedium; a regret, right now, for the regret I'll have tomorrow for having felt regret today.
FERNANDO PESSOA, The Book of Disquiet
To what can one compare our life on earth?
To a flock of geese
Waddling about in the snow
Leaving a faint trace of their passage.
SU SHI, "Remembrance"
I have not wasted life, but life hath wasted me.
BHARTRHARI, "Against the Desire of Worldly Things"
Mortal! that cull'st the flowers of life,
Think not to escape the thorn.
WILLIAM B. TAPPAN, "The Thorn of Life"
Life is a garden forever in flower.
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, "Entre-Acte Reveries"
Stop and consider! life is but a day;
A fragile dew-drop on its perilous way
From a tree's summit.
JOHN KEATS, "Sleep and Poetry"
Life itself was only futility, vain words, a squabble of cap and bells.
MICHEL FOUCAULT, Madness & Civilization
Life is wasted on the living.
DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
As long as you were prepared to stay in it life found room for you. Life was like that, helplessly promiscuous, a doorman who let everyone in.
GLEN DUNCAN, Talulla Rising
If life is often so hard as this, I don't see how we ever shall get through it.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women