Quotations about Life 4

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

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

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

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

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, www.robertbrault.com

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

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, www.howtomatter.com

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

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

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

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

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, www.robertbrault.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 desk. ~Terri Guillemets

Thoreau once thought the moon was larger over the United States than over the Old World, the sky bluer, the stars brighter, the thunder louder, the rivers longer, the mountains higher, the prairies vaster, and he mystically concluded that the spirit of man in America should be larger and more expansive "else why was America discovered?"  Thoreau was wrong, and Thoreau was right.  There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it, and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.  ~Lin Yutang, On the Wisdom of America

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)

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

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"

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

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

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

Live for the roots
Love the green
Dance with the blossoms
~Terri Guillemets

Life is a process by which a few desperate longings morph into a thousand meaningless wants. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Many of us are equal to life's emergencies who cannot bear its day-after-dayness.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.  ~Ogden Nash

I do like a little bit of butter to my bread.  ~A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

I believe in pink.  I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.  I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.  I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.  I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.  I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.  ~Audrey Hepburn

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.  Destiny is made silently.  ~Agnes de Mille

How we long to remove the clutter from our lives not realizing that the clutter is our lives.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Life may be defined to be the power of self-augmentation or assimilation, not of self-nurture; for then a steam-engine over a coal-pit might be made to live.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

My friend asked me the essence of life and I smiled.  ~Mike Dolan, www.hawaiianlife.com

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

Shall I redirect my life's journey because down some sideroad might be some trifle I'm entitled to?  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

It has done me good to be somewhat parched by the heat and drenched by the rain of life.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You fool,
You have been dangling
For such a long time!
When will you seize the opportunity
Or feel the necessity
To untangle the taut knot
Of your bondage-life?
~Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames

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

Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.  ~Anton Chekhov

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

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.  ~Mark Twain

Life's a party.  Invite yourself.  ~Gary Johnson

You can hope for a miracle in your life, or you can realize that your life is the miracle.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

One wanders through life as if wandering through a field in the dark of night, wearing a blindfold and very heavy shoes, with a poisonous toad waiting patiently beneath a clump of weeds, knowing full well that eventually you will step on him.  ~Lemony Snicket

Beauty is precious, you see, and the more beautiful something is, the more precious it is; and the more precious something is, the more it hurts us that it will fade away; and the more we are hurt by beauty, the more we love the world; and the more we love it, the more we are saddened that it is like finely powdered salt that runs away through the fingers, or is puffed away by the wind, or is washed away by the rain. ~Louis de Bernières, Birds Without Wings


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