Life is like walking through Paradise with peas in your shoes. CHARLES EDWARD JERNINGHAM, The Maxims of Marmaduke
Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors. EUGENE O'NEILL, Lazarus Laughed
Live on, survive, for the earth gives forth wonders. It may swallow your heart, but the wonders keep on coming. You stand before them bareheaded, shriven. What is expected of you is attention. SALMAN RUSHDIE, The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But no matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily. VINCENT VAN GOGH, letter to Theo van Gogh, Oct. 1884
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
To live is to war with trolls.
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
Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.
Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore Time
Like a petal in the wind
Flows softly by
As old lives are taken
New ones begin
A continual chain
Which lasts throughout eternity
Every life but a minute in time
But each of equal importance
CINDY CHENEY, "Time"
Life is too short to blend in.
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
I live in a room and I go to work and I play a game called getting through the day while you wait for the night. LILLIAN HELLMAN, The Autumn Garden
You're pretending this isn't your life. You think it's going to happen some other time. When you're dead you'll realise you were alive now. CARYL CHURCHILL, Mad Forest
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. J.M. BARRIE, The Little Minister
My mistakes are my life.
SAMUEL BECKETT, How It Is
Life don't owe you nothing.
AUGUST WILSON, Fences
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
The lives of people are like young trees in a forest. They are being choked by climbing vines. The vines are old thoughts and beliefs planted by dead men. SHERWOOD ANDERSON, "Seeds," The Triumph of the Egg
All of life is a foreign country.
JACK KEROUAC, letter, June 24, 1949
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
Each one of us must live the life God gives him; it cannot be shirked. SOPHOCLES, Philoctetes
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.
SOPHOCLES, Oedipus at Colonus
All our life passes in this way: we seek rest by struggling against certain obstacles, and once they are overcome, rest proves intolerable because of the boredom it produces. BLAISE PASCAL, Pensees
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...
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