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Life never tires of testing the proposition that life must go on. ~Robert Brault

Have you noticed that life, real honest-to-goodness life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in the newspapers? ~Jean Anouilh, The Rehearsal, 1950

..."Sloppy, raggedy-assed
old life. I love it. I never
want to die."
~Dennis Trudell, "View," in The Fiddlehead, January 1969

Life is great. Don't let circumstances and society fool you into believing it's not. ~Terri Guillemets

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny. ~Garrison Keillor

 

Life is more
than just a question
so just keep living—
answers and fresh questionings
will come in turns like waves.
~Terri Guillemets

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive. ~Mel Brooks

 

Life is a series of ever-changing color, and each day has its hue of romance. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Unbeing dead isn't being alive. ~e.e. cummings

The meaning of life is not an unquestionable answer; it is an unanswerable question. ~Terri Guillemets

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. ~Brendan Gill

Life is a series of family photos in which eventually you stop showing up. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Life is a series of family photos in which you keep moving to the rear until finally you're a portrait in the background. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

The blanket of life is kind and warm for those who can find its snuggle. ~Terri Guillemets


Ever get the feeling that sometime early in life there was a briefing you missed? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Life is just a way to distract us from life until we die. ~Terri Guillemets, "The business of busy," 2009 

Life is a long road on a short journey. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Human life is the source of deep suffering and gorgeous hope. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation I: The Cavern," 1850  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Numerous metaphors have been used to describe life. Among them is the metaphor of life as a battle. Try not to think of life in these terms because, if you regard life as a struggle, it will become one, and you will have little joy. It is far better to think of life as a journey in which the difficulties are hills to climb. The hills are there for a reason (even if you don't know what that reason is), and the sense of satisfaction after climbing the hill is almost always worth the effort. ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," "An Open Letter to My Grandson," January 1997


Existence rightly considered is a fair compromise between two instincts — the instinct of hoping one day to live, and the instinct to live here and now. ~Arnold Bennett (1867–1931)


If life is not an adventure it's a sad venture, and drear at the price. After all life is after all; it is not what you make it, but what it makes you. ~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander (c.1890–1953), "Live Wires and Dead Marines," in The New Zealand Railways Magazine, 1931 June 1st


God gives you a life and says, Okay, what are you going to do with it? ~Alice Cooper, interview with Cal Fussman, 2008 August 2nd, for Esquire's January 2009 eighth annual Meaning of Life issue


To believe in immortality is one thing, but it is first needful to believe in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


The world is hard and cruel. We are here none knows why, and we go none knows whither. We must be very humble. We must see the beauty of quietness. We must go through life so inconspicuously that Fate does not notice us. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919


Every day has a little bit of beauty and a little bit of chaos. ~Tanisha, @burlappearlsandboots


We humans seem disastrously in love with this thing
(whatever it is) that glitters on the earth—
we call it life. We know no other.
~Euripides, Hippolytos, 428 BC, translated by Anne Carson, 2006  [Nurse —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


There is a reason you were born and a bunch of things you've got to do today regardless. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Andersen


When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." ~Erma Bombeck


[A]ll life budding like a rose and sparkling like its dew. ~Edgar Fawcett, "At a Window," Songs of Doubt and Dream, 1891


Man often acquires just so much knowledge as to discover his ignorance, and attains so much experience as to regret his follies, and then dies. ~William Benton Clulow, Horæ Otiosæ, 1833

 

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If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~E.B. White, quoted in Israel Shenker, "E.B. White: Notes and Comment by Author," New York Times, 1969 July 11th


Life is simple, it's just not easy. ~Author Unknown


A life without cause is a life without effect. ~Barbarella


Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. ~Richard Bach


Life is not always fair — sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow. ~Terri Guillemets


The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. ~Henry David Thoreau


I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it. ~Jack Handey


Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it. ~Christopher Morley, Thunder on the Left


Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee,
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.
~Robert Frost, "Cluster of Faith," 1962


In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular. ~Kathy Norris


The line of life is a snarl of loops and ends. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. ~Emily Dickinson


Yes, I will try to be. Because I believe that not being is arrogant. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

 



Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot. ~Ashleigh Brilliant


I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes


Duck...! Here comes another day!! ~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 1974  [Sally to Charlie Brown —tg]


You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave. ~Quentin Crisp


As we struggle to make sense of things, life looks on in repose. ~Author Unknown


I think I've discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it. ~Charles Schulz


O God, I pray that not too much of calm be mine, but one day let the maddened rush of waters break against my soul. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904



Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. ~Arthur Miller


I am in the firing line, in the front ranks. I have elected to be in the fire and the smoke, in the Battle of Being. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while. ~Author Unknown


Life: the insomnia of death. ~Elbert Hubbard


Life: A compromise between Fate and Freewill. ~Elbert Hubbard


Life: What you choose to make it. ~Elbert Hubbard


Life: A bank-account with so much divine energy at your disposal. ~Elbert Hubbard


Life: The interval between the time your teeth are almost through and you are almost through with your teeth. ~Elbert Hubbard


Life: An affirmative between two negatives. ~Elbert Hubbard


You can't escape history, or the needs and neuroses you've picked up like layers and layers of tartar on your teeth. ~Charles Johnson


Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye


Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night. ~Marion Howard, quoted in Herbert V. Prochnow, Speaker's Handbook of Epigrams and Witticisms, 1955


Life is cruel? Compared to what? ~Edward Abbey, Vox Clamantis in Deserto, 1989


Life is hard? True — but let's love it anyhow, though it breaks every bone in our bodies. ~Edward Abbey, Vox Clamantis in Deserto, 1989


The plane of life is a frozen sea, on which all make many slips, and finally break through into eternity. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. ~Alice Roosevelt Longworth


Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. ~Lillian Dickson


We are born wet, naked, and hungry. Then things get worse. ~Author Unknown


Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up. ~Author Unknown


Life is a cement trampoline. ~Howard Nordberg


To preserve a man alive in the midst of so many chances and hostilities, is as great a miracle as to create him. ~Jeremy Taylor


Life... is like a box of chocolates — a cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that no one ever asks for, unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So, you're stuck with mostly undefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there's nothing else to eat while you're watching the game. Sure, once is a while you get a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but it's gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. In the end, you are left with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, which, if you are desperate enough to eat, leaves nothing but an empty box of useless brown paper. ~The X-Files


He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche


God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled. ~Author Unknown


Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses


I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer. ~Jim Carrey


Life consigned us all to the pit, and she knew that there were those who would weep, and go, and those who would laugh at her, and stay. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without, and to depart. ~John, Viscount Morley, Address on Aphorisms


Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. ~Erich Fromm


My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. ~Cary Grant


Sometimes life gives honey
      and other times, stings;
Sometimes you need roots
      and other times, wings.
~Terri Guillemets, "All," 1996


To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach. ~Havelock Ellis


How gaily a man wakes in the morning to watch himself keep on dying! ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "La Vie Brève," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


Life is just one damned thing after another! ~Author unknown, c.1909, see quoteinvestigator.com/2015/09/02/life-one


Living involves tearing up one rough draft after another. ~Author unknown


My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn. ~Louis Adamic


No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence. ~Thomas Carlyle, Sir Walter Scott, in London and Westminster Review, 12 November 1838


the perfume of love
the stench of war
~Terri Guillemets


Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark. ~Samuel Johnson


Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Why torture yourself when life'll do it for you? ~Author Unknown


Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. ~George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma, 1906


Puritans will never believe it, but life is full of disagreeable things that aren't even good for you. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


'Tis all a chequer board of nights and days,
Where destiny with men for pieces plays;
Hither and thither, and mates, and slays.
~Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, 1859


Life: It is about the gift not the package it comes in. ~Dennis P. Costea, Jr.


...the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse. ~Walt Whitman, "O Me! O Life!", Leaves of Grass


Don't believe the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Robert J. Burdette, 1883  [Thanks, Garson O'Toole of QuoteInvestigator.com! Follow link for details. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Life is the game that must be played. ~Edwin Arlington Robinson


You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. ~Albert Camus


There is no wealth but life. ~John Ruskin


I know what things are good: friendship and work and conversation. These I shall have. ~Rupert Brooke


In such a complicated machine as this world of ours, in spite of our own little contributory efforts, we must, as regards the principal thing, it seems to me, be always gamblers in a lottery. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908


Life will always remain a gamble, with prizes sometimes for the imprudent, and blanks so often to the wise. ~Jerome K. Jerome


The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. ~Henry David Thoreau


I've learned never to be surprised if what must inevitably happen happens right now. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Life is not a final. It's daily pop quizzes. ~Author Unknown


Give me that life that is seamed and riven with living. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool. ~Gioacchino Rossini


We mourn the transitory things and fret under the yoke of the immutable ones. ~Paul Eldridge


Life was a damned muddle — a football game with everyone offside and the referee gotten rid of — everyone claiming the referee would have been on his side. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald


Any idiot can face a crisis — it's day to day living that wears you out. ~Anton Chekhov


Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. ~Frederick Buechner


Life is all too wondrous sweet, and the world is so beautifully bewildered; it is the dream of an intoxicated divinity... ~Heinrich Heine (d.1856), "Ideas: Book Le Grand," 1826, translated from German by Charles Godfrey Leland, Pictures of Travel, 1855


Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


However we sail on the ocean of life our course is determined by Nature's trade-winds and Divinity's undertow. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Life is the only way
to get covered in leaves,
catch your breath on the sand,
rise on wings...
~Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012), translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

 


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Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation. ~W. Somerset Maugham


In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love. ~Diego Marchi


I stood afar off, watching the conflict of humanity, till wise old life came along and tossed me into the arena, saying, "There! take that, pedant, if you would know." ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


I count life just a stuff
To try the soul's strength on.
~Robert Browning


Life is an educational process you can't opt out of. You either learn the lesson, or you become the lesson. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2018


Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove. ~Ashleigh Brilliant


Life is an incurable Disease. ~Abraham Cowley


Different shades of life make the painting more beautiful. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife


For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. ~Albert Camus


Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination. ~Christopher Isherwood


The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy. ~Angelina Jolie


Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do. ~Bruce Crampton


Life is a mixed blessing, which we vainly try to unmix. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


In masks outrageous and austere
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile.
~Elinor Hoyt Wylie, Let No Charitable Hope


To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone. ~Reba McEntire


The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss. ~Thomas Carlyle


I say to my child, I will explain to you as much of life as I can, but you must remember that there is a part of life for which you are the explanation. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~Havelock Ellis


Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. ~Joseph Addison


We tear life out of life to use it for looking at itself. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself remains a very effective therapist. ~Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts, 1945, referring to psychoanalysis


Life is tough. If you don't have fun and smile and goof around, life will bog you down real fast... We should be so thankful what we get to do. We get to breathe everyday and eat everyday. We should be happy about that. ~Bubba Watson, 2019 [I attended an event in 2012 where Bubba gave a speech. Many people in the audience were in tears, even men I've never known to show that much emotion. This guy is one of the most inspirational people on the planet, as far as I'm concerned. –tg]


Give us Lord, a bit o' sun,
A bit o' work and a bit o' fun;
Give us all in the struggle and sputter
Our daily bread and a bit o' butter.
~From an inn in Lancaster, England


All human things hang on a slender thread, the strongest fall with a sudden crash. ~Ovid


The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins. ~Heywood Broun



Life is not writ neatly with a steady hand between the prescriptive lines of a uniform, copy-book page; it is chaotic at the core — full of false starts, cross-outs, misspellings, and unsightly blotches. It is inherently messy. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, lumpenbangenpiano.com


Life is a long process of getting tired. ~Samuel Butler


I really enjoy life I'm just not good at it. ~Daniel, @blindedpoet


He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for. ~Moroccan Proverb


The kaleidoscope of colour which is my life, shows the interesting choices I've made along the way. ~Antie Koekie


But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. ~Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum


I wish to die knowing that I took a fleeting instant of eternity and fashioned from it a lifetime. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how. ~Henry Ward Beecher


The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~Flora Whittemore


Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied. ~Douglas Adams


Opportunities and duties are the warp and woof of life. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Suppose the world were only one of God's jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one? ~George Bernard Shaw


There is a time early in life when there seem to be countless reasons for happiness, and then you discover your mom is making them up. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on. ~Robert Frost


Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~Charles Schulz


There is no finish line. ~Nike advertisement


It may be life is only worthwhile at moments. Perhaps that is all we ought to expect. ~Sherwood Anderson


I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment. ~Ludwig Wittgenstein


The art of life is the art of avoiding pain. ~Thomas Jefferson


This is how we know we're alive, I guess: we continue to feel pain. ~Abby Geni, The Lightkeepers, 2016


Serenity of spirit and turbulence of action should make up the sum of a man's life. ~Vita Sackville-West


The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century. ~William Lyon Phelps


Most men make the voyage of life as if they carried sealed orders which they were not to open till they were fairly in mid-ocean. ~James Russell Lowell


In the end, no thought is unthinkable, no problem unshrinkable, no two strangers unlinkable. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back. ~Charlie Brown


The world is a grindstone and life is your nose. ~Fred Allen


Not unfortunately the universe is wild — game-flavoured as a hawk's wing. ~B.P. Blood


The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth. ~Chinese Proverb


People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~Thich Nhat Hanh


You live and learn. At any rate, you live. ~Douglas Adams


Life. — Enjoy whatever flowers come with the manure. ~Terri Guillemets


Life just seems so full of connections. Most of the time we don't even pay attention to the depth of life. We only see flat surfaces. ~Colin Neenan  #iOS7


Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit. ~Norman Mailer


Life is a battlefield of broken dreams and pieced-together victories. ~Terri Guillemets


Life can be easy, it is only question of choosing between solutions and illusions. ~Didier D'haese


Everything which is properly business we must keep carefully separate from life. Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freed handling. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


To give the reins to life! To loosen it from its leash, and know its free and unrestricted movement. To reach out and out, and feel not the tightening of the thong. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


I set myself free into the blue-flowing sky,
I melt with the star-mist,
I am one with the moon's pourings.
I come limpid and easy to life,
Meeting its curves and its undulations, as the shore-line meets the sea,
As the sky meets the indenture of the hills.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Him: VII," A Soul's Faring, 1921


Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers. ~Learned Hand


The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden


Life is the sum of all your choices. ~Albert Camus


Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living. ~Søren Kierkegaard


How you handle life depends a lot on how you handle plan B, or if you have a plan B. ~Nelson DeMille, The General's Daughter, 1992


Life is a brief opportunity to do something prehumously. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I come ravishing life with a wild riot of bloom. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLVII," A Soul's Faring, 1921  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity. ~Seneca


Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity...
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Adonais"


Out of a hundred years a few minutes were made that stayed with me, not a hundred years. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


Sliding down the banister of life is so much more fun than ambling down the steps. ~Terri Guillemets


The banister of life is full of splinters, and he slideth down it with rapidity. ~Scott Way, "Man," in Puck, 1884 June 25th


Behold he glideth down the banister of life and findeth it strewn with the splinters of torture. ~John Collins, "Man," in The Medical Brief, October 1896


Sliding down the banister of life, man is stuck with the splinters of disappointment. When he reaches the bottom he is jabbed against the post of destruction. ~W.T. McAtee, in The Railway Conductor, April 1916


As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point your way. ~Author unknown, c.1948


Life is a search for the key that opens your own door. ~Terri Guillemets


I gave my life to learning how to live.
Now that I have organized it all...
It is just about over.
~Sandra Hochman


There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. ~Anaïs Nin


Life is not fair, nor has it ever been, but the morning seems determined to dawn until it is. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Life is a horizontal fall. ~Jean Cocteau


After many a good time driving nails into our own coffins, we are carted off to the crematory. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "The Silent Majority," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


Life is but a mingled song,
Sung in divers keys;
Sweet and tender, brave and strong,
As the heart agrees.
~S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald (1859–1925), The Zankiwank & The Bletherwitch, 1896



Only a few things are really important. ~Marie Dressler


We are like people with short-term leases on summer cottages; we can never seem to make our provisions come out even with our stay. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Life is a perpetual give and take with the universe. ~Terri Guillemets, "After all," 2003


The movement of life has to rest in its own music. ~Rabindranath Tagore


Don't ever say you hate life.  That's blasphemy.  ~Jason Cahill, The Sopranos, "Meadowlands," original airdate 31 January 1999, spoken by the character Christopher Moltisanti


The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. ~Henry Miller


Life is a series of reactions that aren't what you intend, to situations that aren't what they seem. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Everything that occurs in your life is part of God's plan to wake you up. ~Leonard Jacobson


Life is like eating artichokes; you have got to go through so much to get so little. ~Thomas Aloysius Dorgan


Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock. ~Woody Allen, "My Speech to the Graduates," Side Effects, 1980


Life is like running with scissors,
naked through freezing blizzards...
~Terri Guillemets


There is a lesson we learn early and harmlessly, or late and traumatically — that there are things we can break that our parents can't fix. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)  [It ends: "As a doctor you'll have a front seat." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


There were growling days and laughing days and days that mixed them up. ~Caron Levis, Ida, Always, 2016


Life is beautiful if you flow with its natural beauty. Resistance makes it ugly. ~Terri Guillemets


Life has no auto-settings. No batteries. You gots to wind it up! ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson


Situated in some nebulous distance I do what I do so that the universal balance of which I am a part may remain a balance. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


In the map of your life, the best place to be is at the intersection of Here and Now. You can't get to any other place you want to be without starting from there. ~Terri Guillemets


Few of us write great novels; all of us live them. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Life's like a novel with the end ripped out. ~Danny Orton and Blair Daly, "Stand"


If you stop struggling, then you stop life. ~Huey Newton


Things almost never turn out as horribly — or as wonderfully — as it seems they will. It's the occasional exception to this that keeps us on our toes, both in hope and in dread. ~David C. Hill, hill-kleerup.org/blog


Sometimes questions are more important than answers. ~Nancy Willard, quoted in The Meaning of Life, compiled by Hugh S. Moorhead


[A]s if life were a thunder-storm wherein you can see by a flash the horizon, and then cannot see your hand.... ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims, "Inspiration"


It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you. ~Phillips Brooks


Some men in their passage through life resemble a frog: they go a little and stop a little—but always by fits and starts, jerks and jumps. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


My quest for cosmic understanding is a book I have picked up and put down many times, always forgetting to insert a bookmark. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


There is a strange reluctance on the part of most people to admit that they enjoy life. ~William Lyon Phelps



The world itself is but a series of footnotes to a vast unfinished masterpiece. ~Vladimir Nabokov


The swing on your porch is a better liver of life than the chair in front of your computer. ~Terri Guillemets


To slake the thirst of being. To drink the draught, deep and cool, and satisfying. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


You live long enough in a world spinning on its axis, you learn to spin in the same direction. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


When everything doesn't go perfectly as hoped, it isn't tragedy — it's life. ~Terri Guillemets


One day can make your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is four or five big days that change everything. ~Riding in Cars with Boys, Beverly Donofrio (book), Morgan Ward (screenplay)


Life isn't fair, but it's still good. ~Author Unknown


Life is a tragedy to those who really live her. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Life is a collection of moments you would have appreciated more if you had only known they were moments. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, "What?!" ~"Phil's-osophy" by Phil Dunphy (written by Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan, and Dan O'Shannon, Modern Family, "Schooled," original airdate 2012 October 10th)


Life is woven of love and death, aches and smiles, persistence and letting go. ~Terri Guillemets


She did not believe in happy endings... not anymore. There were no endings in life except death. There was only the present moment, the passage of breath into breath, action and reaction, word after word, a story that was still being told. ~Abby Geni, The Wildlands, 2018


To feel life, to have the consciousness of it, as a mother feels the turning of her babe in the womb. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Life winks as it passes me by
And is gone before my own blink of eye.
~Terri Guillemets


Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life is the other way around. ~David Lodge, The British Museum Is Falling Down, 1965


One day.... I shall come into a conscious sense of life, thrilling at its contact, quivering at the touch of its breath. I shall feel it deep in the nerve centers of my bones.... I shall feel it like the sting of bees. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XXXVI," A Soul's Faring, 1921


So much light,
along with the darkness,
it's life —
just scary and
joyous life!
~Terri Guillemets


If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret. ~Confucius


To drink the sunshine and to dream at night.... ~Author Unknown, "The Fall of Man"


Days upon days will be cast into the incinerator. I shall destroy the unmeaning and the unmeant.... I shall have real issues to confront. There shall be happenings in my days. Things shall come to pass. There shall be conflicts and decisions. There shall be loves and hates and burnings. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: LVII," A Soul's Faring, 1921


Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature's grand design — do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things. ~Morihei Ueshiba


The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ~Joseph Campbell




I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself. ~François Truffaut


You don't want to get to the end of life's journey and discover you never left the interstate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.
~Ben Jonson, To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of that Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison, 1640


We should give meaning to life, not wait for life to give us meaning. ~Stacy


Life is a sexually transmitted disease and there is a 100% mortality rate. ~R.D. Laing


It's just life. Just live it. ~Terri Guillemets


[L]ife is just like a big puzzle but you can't look at it and focus, you've... just got to close your eyes and let it come together. ~Corey Miller, LA Ink, "LA Ink Grand Opening" (season 1, episode 3, original airdate 2007 August 21st)


Life always bursts the boundaries of formulas. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

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