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  1. The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.
       -- Henry Adams

  2. The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.
       -- Henri Frederic Amiel

  3. Life is a handful of short stories, pretending to be a novel.
       -- Anon.

  4. Life is a one-way street, and we are not coming back.
       -- Anon.

  5. Life, like a mirror, never gives back more than we put into it.
       -- Anon.

  6. Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man--yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.
       -- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Meditations)

  7. The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing. The main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
       -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius

  8. Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn.
       -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius

  9. The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
       -- James Matthew Barrie

  10. Life is a long lesson in humility.
       -- James Matthew Barrie

  11. The trouble with life is that there are so many beautiful women and so little time.
       -- John Barrymore

  12. Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
       -- Stephen Vincent Benét

  13. My advice to those who are about to begin, in earnet, the journey of life, is to take their heart in one hand and a club in the other.
       -- Josh Billings

  14. All I want is a little more than I'll ever get.
       -- Ashleigh Brilliant

  15. Before I knew the best part of my life had come, it had gone.
       -- Ashleigh Brilliant

  16. I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
       -- Ashleigh Brilliant

  17. The world is made up of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
       -- Jacob Bronowski

  18. Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
       -- Jean de La Bruyère

  19. O Life! thou art a galling load,
    Along a rough, a weary road,
    To wretches such as I.
       -- Robert Burns

  20. Life is the art of drawing sufficent conclusions from insufficient premises.
       -- Samuel Butler

  21. Life is one long process of getting tired.
       -- Samuel Butler

  22. Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
       -- Samuel Butler

  23. He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
       -- Albert Camus

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

  25. Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
       -- Sebastien Chamfort

  26. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.
       -- Coco Chanel

  27. A tragey means always a man's struggle with that which is stronger than man.
       -- G.K. Chesterton

  28. Sometimes I wish life had a fast-forward button.
       -- Dan Chopin

  29. Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
       -- Winston Churchill

  30. Real life seems to have no plots.
       -- Ivy Compton-Burnett

  31. Life is an incurable disease.
       -- Abraham Crowley

  32. The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
       -- Clarence Darrow

  33. I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
       -- T.S. Eliot

  34. The whole of what we know is a system of compensations. Each suffering is rewarded; each sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  35. The world is a beautiful place
    to be born into
    if you don't mind some people dying
    all the time
    or maybe only starving
    some of the time
    which isn't half so bad
    if it isn't you.
       -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

  36. Life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns.
       -- Charles Feidelson, Jr.

  37. Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults in the first.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

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

  39. When life life does not find a singer to sing her heat, she produces a philosopher to speak her mind.
       -- Khalil Gibran

  40. Life is made up of interruptions.
       -- William S. Gilbert

  41. The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is the example of the external seductiveness of life.
       -- Jean Giraudoux

  42. Life is the childhood of our immortality.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  43. Man wants but little here below
    Nor wants that little long.
       -- Oliver Goldsmith

  44. The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.
       -- William Hazlitt

  45. The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
       -- Ernest Hemingway

  46. You live and you learn -- or you don't live long.
       -- Robert A. Heinlein

  47. Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
       -- O. Henry

  48. It's a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to a waiter.
       -- Don herold

  49. Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  50. I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  51. And how am I to face the odds
    Of man's bedevilment and God's?
    I, a stranger and afraid
    In a world I never made.
       -- A.E. Housman

  52. Clay lies still but blood's a rover;
    Breath's a ware that will not keep.
    Up, lad; when the journey's over
    There'll be time enough for sleep.
       -- A.E. Housman

  53. Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  54. I haven't heard of anybody who want's to stop living on account of the cost.
       -- Kin Hubbard

  55. Life isn't all beer and skittles.
       -- Thomas Hughes

  56. Cats and monkeys -- monkeys and cats -- all human life is there.
       -- Henry James

  57. The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
       -- William James

  58. Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  59. The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be renewed by intervals of absence.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  60. Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
       -- Joseph Joubert

  61. You've got to keep fighting -- you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.
       -- Elia Kazan

  62. Oh for a life of sensations rather than thoughts.
       -- John Keats

  63. A proverb is no proverb to you until life has illustrated it.
       -- John Keats

  64. The wine of life keeps oozing drop by drop.
    The leaves of life keep falling one by one.
       -- Omar Khyyam

  65. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
       -- Soren Kirkegaard

  66. Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
       -- William Law

  67. Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.
       -- D.H. Lawrence

  68. Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.
       -- Stephen Butler Leacock

  69. Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.
       -- Fran Lebowitz

  70. I like life. It's something to do. Somewhere on this globe every 10 seconds there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.
       -- Sam Levinson

  71. You only live once -- but if you work it right, once is enough.
       -- Joe E. Lewis

  72. Life is real! Life is earnest!
    And the grave is not its goal;
    Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
    Was not spoken of the soul.
    Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
    Life is but an empty dream!
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
    And things are not what they seem.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  73. Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.
       -- Thomas la Mance

  74. Life is a dead-end street.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  75. The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more that you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
       -- Thomas Merton

  76. It is not true that life is one damn thing after another...It's one damn thing over and over.
       -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

  77. My candle burns at both ends;
    It will not last the night;
    But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends--
    It gives a lovely light.
       -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

  78. Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
       -- Henry Miller

  79. Death and taxes and childbirth. There's never any convenient time for any of them.
       -- Margaret Mitchell

  80. The first hundred years are the hardest.
       -- William Mizner

  81. Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
    Throughout the sensual world proclaim,
    One crowded hour of glorious life
    Is worth an age without a name.
       -- Thomas Osbert Mordaunt

  82. The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.
       -- John Morley

  83. St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
       -- Malcom Muggeridge

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

  85. Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
       -- Jarawala Nehru

  86. Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
       -- Eugene O'Neill

  87. Growth is the only evidence of life.
       -- Cardinal Newman

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

  89. Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very sound or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
       -- George Orwell

  90. We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.
       -- William Osler

  91. Basically I am interrested in friendship, sex, and death.
       -- Sharon Riis

  92. The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy -- I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
       -- Bertrand Russel

  93. A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.
       -- Carl Sandburg

  94. There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
       -- George Santayana

  95. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
       -- William Saroyan

  96. Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more; it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.
       -- William Shakespeare, Macbeth

  97. The closing years of life are like a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
       -- Arthur Schopenauer

  98. One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum.
       -- Sir Walter Scott

  99. This is the Law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive;
    That surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive.
       -- Robert W. Service

  100. Simply the thing I am shall make me live.
       -- William Shakespeare

  101. One man in his time plays many parts.
       -- William Shakespeare, As You Like It

  102. Life is like a cash register, in that every account, every thought, every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.
       -- Fulton J. Sheen

  103. Every man's road in life is marked by the graves of his personal likings.
       -- Alexander Smith

  104. Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live;
    Not where I love, but where I am, I die.
       -- Robert Southwell

  105. Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.
       -- Herbert Spencer

  106. One must chose in life between boredom and suffering.
       -- Mme. de Stael

  107. It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
       -- Adlai Stevenson

  108. May you live all the days of your life.
       -- Jonathan Swift (Polite Conversation)

  109. The trouble with the rat race is that, even if you win, you're still a rat.
       -- Lily Tomlin

  110. It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.
       -- Lionel Trilling

  111. Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
       -- Mark Twain

  112. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
       -- Mark Twain

  113. Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it.
       -- Thomas Walker

  114. Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught Hell for.
       -- Earl Warren

  115. Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanisms of the universe.
       -- Alfred North Whitehead

  116. It is better to wear out than to rust out.
       -- George Whitefield

  117. The longer I live, the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  118. The book of life begins with a man and a woman in a garden, and ends with Revelations.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  119. Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
       -- Tennessee Williams

  120. Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning.
       -- Virginia Woolf

  121. Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
       -- William Butler Yeats

  122. Life is like an onion. Why is life like an onion? Because you peel away layer after layer and when you come to the end you have nothing.
       -- Yiddish Proverb

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