Oct 17th 2010 at 10:01 PM


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


Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. --Hans Christian Anderson


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



I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. --Elwyn Brooks White



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's not always fair. Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow. --Terri Guillemets


The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. --Henry David Thoreau, Walden


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I am with you kid. Let's go." --Maya Angelou


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


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


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


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



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


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


I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. --T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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,


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


Human life is purely a matter of deciding what's important to you. --Anonymous


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


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,


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


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


[Psychoanalysis] is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist. --Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts, 1945


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


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


Live for the roots

Love the green

Dance with the blossoms

--Terri Guillemets



We're all accidental soldiers in the army of life. --Ymber Delecto


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


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


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


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


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


Life is life, and death is life, and everything in between. --Terri Guillemets


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, where X is work, Y is play, and Z is keep your mouth shut. --Albert Einstein


I gave my life to learning how to live.

Now that I have organized it all...

It is just about over.

--Sandra Hochman


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


Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth. --Martin H. Fischer


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


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


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



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


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


Life always bursts the boundaries of formulas. --Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,


Life is like an onion; you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it. --James Gibbons Huneker


Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. --Henry Van Dyke


People find it hard to be both comic and serious, though life manages it easily enough. --Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


Life is a long lesson in humility. --James M. Barrie


In life, as in restaurants, we swallow a lot of indigestible stuff just because it comes with the dinner. --Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Life seems nothing more than a quick succession of busy nothings."--From the movie Mansfield Park


To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it. --Samuel Butler


Life is easier than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable. --Kathleen Norris


A great part of life consists in contemplating what we cannot cure. --Robert Louis Stevenson


Anxiety and distress, interrupted occasionally by pleasure, is the normal course of man's existence. --Joseph Wood Krutch


Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind. --Timothy Fuller


The history of man for the nine months preceding his birth would, probably, be far more interesting and contain events of greater moment than all the three score and ten years that follow it. --Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Life is little more than a loan shark: It exacts a very high rate of interest for the few pleasures it concedes. --Luigi Pirandello


There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last. --Robert Louis Stevenson


Almost everything in life is easier to get into than out of. --Agnes' Law


Life is one big judgment call. --Terri Guillemets


Life is a series of collisions with the future. --José Ortega y Gasset


The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. --Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Life is half spent before we know what it is. --George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651


Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. --Dennis Wholey


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


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 Gilll






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