Quotations about Life 5

Though we live amid promiscuous pressures, spiritual clutter and forgetfulness, we probably still value the integrity of life. ~Baker Brownell, The College and the Community, 1952

Life is not like a box of chocolates.  It's more like a jar of jalapenos.  What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.  ~Author Unknown

There are people who so arrange their lives that they feed themselves only on side dishes.  ~José Ortega y Gasset

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination.  But the combination is locked up in the safe.  ~Peter De Vries, Let Me Count the Ways, 1965

Every creatures stalks some other, and catches it, and is caught.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

I have come one step away from everything.  And here I stay, far from everything, one step away.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart.  ~H. Ross Perot

A man who has work that suits him and a wife, whom he loves, has squared his accounts with life.  ~Friedrich Hegel

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

Life is one big judgment call. And a neverending series of little ones. ~Terri Guillemets

Lifeless with a heartbeat. ~Daniel, @blindedpoet

There are no extra pieces in the universe.  Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.  Deepak Chopra

I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything, and many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here, and what the question might mean.  I might think about it a little bit, but if I can't figure it out, then I go on to something else.  But I don't have to know an answer....  I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly.  It doesn't frighten me.  ~Richard Phillips Feynman

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

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, www.robertbrault.com

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

Perhaps we are looking at this from a wrong perspective; this search for the truth, the meaning of life, the reason of God.  We all have this mindset that the answers are so complex and so vast that it is almost impossible to comprehend.  I think, on the contrary, that the answers are so simple; so simple that it is staring us straight in the face, screaming its lungs out, and yet we fail to notice it.  We're looking through a telescope, searching the stars for the answer, when the answer is actually a speck of dirt on the telescope lens.  ~Jason Q., from generationterrorists.com

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

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

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore.  It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.  ~H.L. Mencken

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

Chance is always powerful, let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.  ~Ovid

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run.  The daily work - that goes on, it adds up.  ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

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

To the student I would say, "Life is principally multiple choice, but at the end there's a tough essay question."  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

When life throws you lemons, make orange juice.  It will leave them wondering how the hell you did that.  ~Author Unknown

Why does a person even get up in the morning?  You have breakfast, you floss your teeth so you'll have healthy gums in your old age, and then you get in your car and drive down I-10 and die.  Life is so stupid I can't stand it.  ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust - we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.  ~Albert Einstein, in The Saturday Evening Post, 26 October 1929

Jack Palance:  "Do you know what the secret of life is?  One thing.  Just one thing.  You stick to that and everything else don't mean shit."
Billy Crystal:  "Yeah, but what's that one thing?"
Jack Palance:  "That's what you've got to figure out."
~From the movie City Slickers

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

Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.  ~Author Unknown

Why do critics make such an outcry against tragicomedies? is not life one?  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

What is life?  It is the flash of a firefly in the night.  It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.  It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.  ~Crowfoot, 1890, as quoted in Catch the Whisper of the Wind compiled by Cheewa James

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

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

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

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

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, www.robertbrault.com

When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the "newness," the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.  ~Thomas Merton


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