Best Quotes About Life

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities. -Frank Lloyd Wright

If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking 'Do you want fries with that?' -John Cleese

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. -E. B. White

Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life. -Brooke Shields

The loss of life will be irreplaceable. -Dan Quayle

My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. -Woody Allen

You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change. -John Cleese

The death penalty is becoming a way of life in this country. -Dennis Miller

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. -Winston Churchill

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. -Dudley Field Malone

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love – and to put its trust in life. -Joseph Conrad

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. -Henry Drummond

Where there is love there is life. -Mahatma Gandhi

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. -Bertrand Russell

The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. -E. M. Forster

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. -Richard L. Evans

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. -Anais Nin

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. -Robert A. Heinlein

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim. -William Feather

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. -Robert Byrne

It is not length of life, but depth of life. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. -Harvey Fierstein

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

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. -William James

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. -William James

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. -Socrates

May you live all the days of your life. -Jonathan Swift

The unexamined life is not worth living. -Socrates

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. -John F. Kennedy

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. -Jean Paul

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well. -Horace Walpole

It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife. -Douglas Adams

There are two sorts of curiosity – the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things. -Robert Wilson Lynd

There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same. -Norman Mailer

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want. -Ben Stein

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance. -Buddha

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! -Patrick Henry

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. -Jean Giraudoux

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality. -Erich Fromm

Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be. -W. H. Auden

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change. -Frank Lloyd Wright

One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child's name and how old he or she is. -Erma Bombeck

It is more profitable for your congressman to support the tobacco industry than your life. -Jackie Mason

I've come to accept that the life of a frontrunner is a hard one, that he will suffer more injuries than most men and that many of these injuries will not be accidental. -Pele

The world of a comic strip ought to be a special place with its own logic and life… I don't want the issue of Hobbes's reality settled by a doll manufacturer. -Bill Watterson

Mickey Mouse… is always there-he's part of my life. That really is something not everyone can call their claim to fame. -Annette Funicello

The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying. -Samuel Goldwyn

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out. -Carl Sagan

My goal is to goad people into saying something that ruins their life. -Don Imus

To better understand why you need a personal computer, let's take a look at the pathetic mess you call your life. -Dave Barry

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life. -Simone Weil

Without music, life would be a mistake. -Friedrich Nietzsche

My life needs editing. -Mort Sahl

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. -Pablo Picasso

If you give a person a fish, they'll fish for a day. But if you train a person to fish, they'll fish for a lifetime. -Dan Quayle

Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world. -Barry Goldwater

States should have the right to enact laws… particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live. -George W. Bush

If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner. -Tallulah Bankhead

Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are. -Jean Anouilh

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. -George Bernard Shaw

Advertising is the life of trade. -Calvin Coolidge

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. -Leo Burnett

Publicity is the life of this culture – in so far as without publicity capitalism could not survive – and at the same time publicity is its dream. -John Berger

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch. -J. B. Priestley

The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no standard of value whatever is intact. -Wyndham Lewis

Our job is to bring the dead facts to life. -William Bernbach

Christ would be a national advertiser today, I am sure, as He was a great advertiser in His own day. He thought of His life as business. -Bruce Barton

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

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life. -Lee Iacocca

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. -Garrison Keillor

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. -Friedrich Nietzsche

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. -Oscar Wilde

While we are postponing, life speeds by. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance. -Plato

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. -Oscar Wilde

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

I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress. -Andre Gide

There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men. -Nicolas Chamfort

The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy. -Louis Kronenberger

I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates. -T. S. Eliot

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. -Henry Ford

The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis. -Leon Edel

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself – life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. -Willa Cather

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. -Samuel Johnson

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. -Scott Hamilton

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone. -Robert Frost

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. -William James

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. -Katherine Mansfield

Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up. -Dag Hammarskjold

The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. -Henri Frederic Amiel

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. -Arthur Rubinstein

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. -Jim Bouton

The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen. -Bob Lemon

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. -Barry Switzer

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. -James M. Barrie

Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess. -Samuel Johnson

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. -Shirley MacLaine

There is just one life for each of us: our own. -Euripides

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. -Logan Pearsall Smith

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. -Mark Twain

The wise man reads both books and life itself. -Lin Yutang

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business. -Henry David Thoreau

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

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. -Nicolas Chamfort

We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well. -George MacDonald

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. -Diane Ackerman

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. -Mark Twain

Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life. -Michael LeBoeuf

Man has but three events in his life: to be born, to live, and to die. He is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live. -Jean de la Bruyere

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. -Anatole France

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth – two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. -Ambrose Bierce

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. -Pearl S. Buck

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. -Alfred Hitchcock

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. -Andrew Brown

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. -Vernon Howard

There must be more to life than having everything. -Maurice Sendak

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. -John F. Kennedy

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. -David Sarnoff

'Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it. -Lord Byron

Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. -Erik Erikson

They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice… that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. -Roger Caras

Those who have compared our life to a dream were right… we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep. -Michel de Montaigne

The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life. -Ernest Renan

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. -Chief Seattle

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values… God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. -Charles Lindbergh

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. -Henry David Thoreau

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. -Jean Arp

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. -Lauren Bacall

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. -William Feather

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. -Robert Louis Stevenson

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. -Albert Schweitzer

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. -Thomas Jefferson

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. -Woody Allen

You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind? -Freeman Dyson

What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough. -Bertolt Brecht

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. -Logan Pearsall Smith

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? -Albert Camus

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

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. -Arthur Ashe

My life is my message. -Mahatma Gandhi

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. -John Mortimer

My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. -W. Somerset Maugham

A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. -Hugh Sidey

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific. -Jane Wagner

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. -Bill Watterson

The problem with the gene pool is that there's no lifeguard. -David Gerrold

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. -Henry David Thoreau

A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward. -George Jean Nathan

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. -Og Mandino

If you step on people in this life, you're going to come back as a cockroach. -Willie Davis

A different language is a different vision of life. -Federico Fellini

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. -Gordon W. Allport

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue. -Antisthenes

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

There is no wealth but life. -John Ruskin

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

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

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

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

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

Everything in life is luck. -Donald Trump

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. -Rita Rudner

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. -P. D. James

The hardest task in a girl's life is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious. -Helen Rowland

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. -Sophia Loren

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. -Oscar Wilde

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Berthold Auerbach

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. -Jean Paul

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. -Charles Lindbergh

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. -William Shakespeare

The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven. -William Ellery Channing

Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time. -Jean Paul

If you see a whole thing – it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives… But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. -Ursula K. Le Guin

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head. -Terry Josephson

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. -Tony Benn

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. -Leonard Cohen

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life. -George Sand

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. -William Hazlitt

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie. -Jean Cocteau

What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable. -Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs. -Joan Didion

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. -Erica Jong

You can get all A's and still flunk life. -Walker Percy

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. -Isaac Asimov

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. -Henry David Thoreau

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. -Clifton Fadiman

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. -Hugh Prather

If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life. -James A. Michener

Until you know that life is interesting – and find it so – you haven't found your soul. -Geoffrey Fisher

If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet. -Neil Simon

The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live. -Nicolas Chamfort

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. -Lin Yutang

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. -Henry David Thoreau

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. -Edwin Way Teale

There is more to life than increasing its speed. -Mahatma Gandhi

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. -Doug Larson

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet. -Winston Churchill

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension. -Joshua L. Liebman

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. -Will Rogers

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -Doug Larson

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. -Booker T. Washington

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten? -Logan Pearsall Smith

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours. -John F. Kennedy

As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you. -Fran Lebowitz

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath. -Arnold H. Glasow

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. -Caskie Stinnett

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -Marcus Aurelius

My whole life is waiting for the questions to which I have prepared answers. -Tom Stoppard

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. -Leo Tolstoy

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. -Victor Hugo

The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom. -Guy de Maupassant

If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. -Don Herold

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. -Michel de Montaigne

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. -Sylvia Plath

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all. -Richard Wright

It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. -Rita Rudner

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. -Tom Brokaw

What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life. -Michel Foucault

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. -Bertrand Russell

Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV. -Ani DiFranco

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke. -Herman Melville

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god. -Napoleon Bonaparte

You were made perfectly to be loved – and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. -Albert Camus

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. -Dale Carnegie

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. -Vincent Van Gogh

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? -Ernest Hemingway

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then. -Anthony Hopkins

Man can alter his life by altering his thinking. -William James

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair. -Samuel Johnson

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

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning. -John Henry Newman

Art is the proper task of life. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Hatred strikes me as one of the few signs of life remaining in the world. This is another thing about the world which is upsidedown: all the friendly and likable people seem dead to me; only the haters seem alive. -Walker Percy

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. -Plato

I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth. -Oliver Reed

Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life's pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation. -Wilhelm Reich

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close. -John Ruskin

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. -George Bernard Shaw

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. -Henry David Thoreau

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. -Orson Welles

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. -Oscar Wilde

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? -Friedrich Nietzsche

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. -Gustave Flaubert

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. -Theodore Roosevelt

Getting the most out of life is giving life your most. -Janice Markowitz

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. -Stephen Hawking

If life gives you lemons, make some kind of fruity juice. -Conan O'Brien

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. -W. Somerset Maugham

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. -Nikki Giovanni

The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression. -Gary Larson

There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. -Alfred Korzybski

Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard? -Paul Simon

I have made it a rule of my life to trust a man long after other people gave him up, but I don't see how I can ever trust any human being again. -Ulysses S. Grant

The states are not free, under the guise of protecting maternal health or potential life, to intimidate women into continuing pregnancies. -Harry A. Blackmun

Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

I busted out of the place in a hurry and went to a saloon and drank beer and said that for the rest of my life I'd never take a job in a place where you couldn't throw cigarette butts on the floor. I was hooked on this writing for newspapers and magazines. -Jimmy Breslin

Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production. -Joseph Brodsky

This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising. -Joseph Brodsky

The tension between 'yes' and 'no', between 'I can' and 'I cannot', makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self. -Anatole Broyard

There can be no assumption that today's majority is 'right' and the Amish and others like them are 'wrong.' A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes with no rights or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different. -Warren E. Burger

Crime and the fear of crime have permeated the fabric of American life. -Warren E. Burger

One's family is the most important thing in life. I look at it this way: One of these days I'll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me. And the only people who'll be with me will be my family. -Robert Byrd

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house. -Maria Callas

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity. -Jimmy Carter

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants. -Jimmy Carter

I am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. I am an old man but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life, and to say things to the world that are true. -Pablo Casals

The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness. -John Cheever

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life. -Jacques Chirac

My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them. -Winston Churchill

To hurry through the rise and fall of a fine, full sentence is like defying the role of time in human life. -Kenneth Clark

It's too bad that one has to conceive of sports as being the only arena where risks are, for all of life is risk exercise. That's the only way to live more freely, and more interestingly. -William Sloane Coffin

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life. -Cyril Connolly

Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul? -Richard Corliss

Sports is the toy department of human life. -Howard Cosell

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life. -Norman Cousins

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality. -Norman Cousins

I'll go through life either first class or third, but never in second. -Noel Coward

I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. -Rodney Dangerfield

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life. -Bette Davis

The association promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in any prior decisions. -William O. Douglas

Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary: It is, perpetually, a dangerous place. -Margaret Drabble

A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail. -John Foster Dulles

The biographer who writes the life of his subject's self-concept passes through a fade into the inner house of life. -Leon Edel

I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. -T. S. Eliot

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. -Queen Elizabeth II

Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death. -Edna Ferber

To be a character who feels a deep emotion, one must go into the memory's vault and mix in a sad memory from one's own life. -Albert Finney

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices. -Paul Tournier

My life is one long curve, full of turning points. -Pierre Trudeau

For me, the card catalog has been a companion all my working life. To leave it is like leaving the house one was brought up in. -Barbara W. Tuchman

The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures. -Stewart Udall

Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants. -Stewart Udall

Maybe the answer to Selective Service is to start everyone off in the army and draft them for civilian life as needed. -Bill Vaughan

What's the subject of life – to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life. -Paul A. Volcker

We may not know the whole story in our lifetime. -Earl Warren

In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. -Earl Warren

In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. -Earl Warren

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life. -Robert Penn Warren

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life. -Eudora Welty

A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere. -Rebecca West

I gave her life, I can take life away. -Mary Beth Whitehead

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday. -Thornton Wilder

A society that thinks the choice between ways of living is just a choice between equally eligible 'lifestyles' turns universities into academic cafeterias offering junk food for the mind. -George Will

The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you? -Tennessee Williams

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation. -Tennessee Williams

Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one's own character to himself. -Tennessee Williams

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really. -Tennessee Williams

All news is an exaggeration of life. -Daniel Schorr

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal. -Albert Schweitzer

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help. -Albert Schweitzer

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. -Albert Schweitzer

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life. -Charles Scribner, Jr.

Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it. -Peter Shaffer

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life. -Merle Shain

The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life. -George Bernard Shaw

The prime minister found something hopeful in the man's eyes and manner. The 30 or so people who run this world analyze one another that way and then make decisions of life and death for us. Scary, but true. -Hugh Sidey

You must realize that honorary degrees are given generally to people whose SAT scores were too low to get them into schools the regular way. As a matter of fact, it was my SAT scores that led me into my present vocation in life, comedy. -Neil Simon

Is it sufficient that you have learned to drive the car, or shall we look and see what is under the hood? Most people go through life without ever knowing. -June Singer

The first half of life is spent mainly in finding out who we are through seeing ourselves in our interaction with others. -June Singer

I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is. -B. F. Skinner

She was built for crowds. She has never come any closer to life than the dinner table. -Janet Flanner

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. -Robert Frost

I want to look at life – at the commonplaces of existence – as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time. -Christopher Fry

In my plays I want to look at life – at the commonplace of existence-as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time. -Christopher Fry

The exchange program is the thing that reconciles me to all the difficulties of political life. -J. William Fulbright

Today's audience knows more about what's on television than what's in life. -Larry Gelbart

I was resolved to sustain and preserve in my college the bite of the mind, the chance to stand face to face with truth, the good life lived in a small, various, highly articulate and democratic society. -Virginia Gildersleeve

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. -Margot Fonteyn

The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down and half-finished loves. -Ralph W. Sockman

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

All my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl of an impressionable age, and she is mine for life. -Muriel Spark

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus. -Wallace Stegner

Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life. -Potter Stewart

Fiction gives us the second chances that life denies us. -Paul Theroux

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down. -Virgil Thomson

Faith consists in being vitally concerned with that ultimate reality to which I give the symbolical name of God. Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of life is on the verge of an act of faith. -Paul Tillich

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. -Ernest Hemingway

It's life isn't it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels. -Katharine Hepburn

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater. -William Inge

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish. -Pope John Paul II

You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate. -Pope John Paul II

Every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity. -Pope John XXIII

I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it. -Lyndon B. Johnson

It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought. -Lyndon B. Johnson

Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose. -Carl Jung

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown. -Carl Jung

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble. -Carl Jung

You do what you have to do in life, when you form a philosophy that you can't talk yourself out of. -Konstantinos Karamanlis

I want to resume the life of a shy person. -Garrison Keillor

If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's. -John F. Kennedy

It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. -Elizabeth Kenny

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a neighborhood, as in life, a clean bandage is much, much better than a raw or festering wound. -Ed Koch

The knife of corruption endangered the life of New York City. The scalpel of the law is making us well again. -Ed Koch

Not all lucid dreams are useful but they all have a sense of wonder about them. If you must sleep through a third of your life, why should you sleep through your dreams, too? -Stephen LaBerge

In everyone there sleeps. A sense of life lived according to love. To some it means the difference they could make. By loving others, but across most it sweeps. As all they might have done had they been loved. That nothing cures. -Philip Larkin

Dressing is a way of life. -Yves Saint Laurent

Yes, hell exists. It is not a fairy tale. One indeed burns there. This hell is not at the end of life. It is here. At the beginning. Hell is what the infant must experience before he gets to us. -Frederick Leboyer

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. -C. S. Lewis

I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come. -Madeleine L'Engle

With each book I write, I become more and more convinced that the books have a life of their own, quite apart from me. -Madeleine L'Engle

I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my soul. It is a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I've done wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier? -Douglas MacArthur

I'd like to introduce someone who has just come into my life. I've admired him for 35 years. He's someone who represents integrity, honesty, art, and on top of that stuff I'm actually sleeping with him. -Shirley MacLaine

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. -Archibald MacLeish

Our Lord did not try to alter circumstances. He submitted to them. They shaped his life and eventually brought him to Calvary. I believe we miss opportunities and lovely secrets our Lord is waiting to teach us by not taking what comes. -Mother Maribel

I make enemies deliberately. They are the sauce piquante to my dish of life. -Elsa Maxwell

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. -Benjamin E. Mays

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance. -Mignon McLaughlin

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life. -Karl A. Menninger

Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse. -Karl A. Menninger

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me. -Thomas Merton

What is the most innocent place in any country? Is it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent, unable to see into themselves at all. -Arthur Miller

Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author. -Arthur Miller

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life. -Arthur Miller

I said I didn't want to spend most of my life in Holidays Inns, but I've checked and they've all been redecorated. They're marvelous places to stay and I've thought it over and that's where I'd like to be. -Walter F. Mondale

Do you want to tear your life apart and get rid of everything you've known as a lifestyle? Like seeing your family? Being with your friends? A fishing trip? A hunting trip? A night's sleep? -Walter F. Mondale

In life there are no problems, that is, objective and external choices; there is only the life which we do not resolve as a problem but which we live as an experience, whatever the final result may be. -Alberto Moravia

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. -Christopher Morley

There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning. -Christopher Morley

I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I am satisfied with it. -Grandma Moses

Hyperbole was to Lyndon Johnson what oxygen is to life. -Bill Moyers

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins. -V. S. Naipaul

You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices for the tables of mankind, and not rather favor an artificial control of birth, which would be irrational, in order to diminish the number of guests at the banquet of life. -Pope Paul VI

The Eucharistic mystery stands at the heart and center of the liturgy since it is the fount of life by which we are cleansed and strengthened to live not for ourselves but for God and to be united in love among ourselves. -Pope Paul VI

Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being, an outgoing affirmation of life. -Alex Noble

One night some short weeks ago, for the first time in her not always happy life, Marilyn Monroe's soul sat down alone to a quiet supper from which it did not rise. -Clifford Odets

The hallway of every man's life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live. -Sean O'Casey

Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John. -Boris Pasternak

Work is the order of the day, just as it was at one time, with our first starts and our best efforts. Do you remember? Therein lies its delight. It brings back the forgotten; one's stores of energy, seemingly exhausted, come back to life. -Boris Pasternak

There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man. -Alan Paton

The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself. -Gerald R. Ford

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. -Harry Emerson Fosdick

All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them. -Felix Frankfurter

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. -Viktor E. Frankl

Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. -Viktor E. Frankl

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on. -Robert Frost

Education doesn't change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard. -Robert Frost

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended. -Robert Frost

Two such as you with such a master speed, cannot be parted nor be swept away, from one another once you are agreed, that life is only life forevermore, together wing to wing and oar to oar. -Robert Frost

It is only in the light of the inescapable fact of death that a person can adequately engage and enter upon the mysterious fact of life. -John Hines

A lifetime contract for a coach means if you're ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can't fire you. -Lou Holtz

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. -Reinhold Niebuhr

There are two sighs of relief every night in the life of an opera manager. The first comes when the curtain goes up The second sigh of relief comes when the final curtain goes down without any disaster, and one realizes, gratefully, that the miracle has happened again. -Rudolf Bing

Death used to announce itself in the thick of life but now people drag on so long it sometimes seems that we are reaching the stage when we may have to announce ourselves to death. It is as though one needs a special strength to die, and not a final weakness. -Ronald Blythe

It won't make for a quiet life but it will make for an interesting paper vastly more significant because it is doing something only a daily paper can do. -Kingman Brewster, Jr.

You will die but the carbon will not; its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life. -Jacob Bronowski

As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so. -Charles de Gaulle

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion. -Umberto Eco

Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual. -Paul Tournier

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life. -Robert Penn Warren

I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again. -Elie Wiesel

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is – full of surprises. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions. -Andre Gide

If books were Persian carpets, one would not look only at the outer side. because it is the stitch that makes a carpet wear, gives it its life and bloom. -Rumer Godden

Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us. -Carl Jung

I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life – that is to say, over 35 – there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. -Carl Jung

All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. -Jacques Lipchitz

Those who write about life, reflect about life. you see in others who you are. -Bernard Malamud

I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life. -E. M. Forster

I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is fitting that I should leave as a Jew. I don't want to turn my back on a great and noble heritage. -Felix Frankfurter

Total absence of humor renders life impossible. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it. -George Bernard Shaw

Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes. -Thomas Carlyle

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. -William Blake

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit. -John Milton

Business is the salt of life. -Jeff Rich

This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Every step of life shows much caution is required. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The goal of all life is death. -Sigmund Freud

The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life. -Lucan

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep. -Lord Byron

Whatever the number of a man's friends, there will be times in his life when he has one too few; but if he has only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if he has not one too many. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. -Buddha

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

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name. -Emily Dickinson

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. -Confucius

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. -Horace

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. -Francis Bacon

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. -Thomas Jefferson

Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death. -Buddha

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. -Buddha

Love is energy of life. -Robert Browning

The greatest pleasure of life is love. -Euripides

Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life. -Lord Byron

I cannot love as I have loved, And yet I know not why; It is the one great woe of life To feel all feeling die. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

How good is man's life, the mere living! How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy! -Robert Browning

The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc. -Franz Kafka

No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change, its color, its movement. To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. -Anatole France

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning. -Samuel Butler

Life has a way of setting things in order and leaving them be. Very tidy, is life. -Jean Anouilh

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

Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows: they take breath but are not alive. -William Hazlitt

A mortal lives not through that breath that flows in and that flows out. The source of his life is another and this causes the breath to flow. -Paracelsus

The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it. -Horace Greeley

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life. -Horace

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. -Samuel Johnson

The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. -Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life. -Marcus Aurelius

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality. -Albert Schweitzer

Two aged men, that had been foes for life, Met by a grave, and wept – and in those tears They washed away the memory of their strife; Then wept again the loss of all those years. -Jean Paul

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. -Buddha

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. -Plato

A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. -Washington Irving

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange – my youth. -Sara Teasdale

Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem. The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream. -Michel de Montaigne

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up. -Ambrose Bierce

Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long. -Anita Brookner

When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory. -A. C. Benson

One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life. -Bertolt Brecht

It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls. -Bruce Barton

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped. -Cesare Pavese

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life. -Charles Bukowski

Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life. -Charles de Gaulle

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny. -Colin Powell

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything. -Ray Stannard Baker

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors. -David Viscott

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible. -David Viscott

An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth – in short, materialism – does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited. -E. F. Schumacher

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement. -Dwight L. Moody

In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do. -Earl Warren

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art. -Ernst Fischer

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. -Fay Weldon

A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner. -Francis Bacon

The great end of life is not knowledge but action. -Francis Bacon

Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life? -George Edward Woodberry

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life. -George Eliot

Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life. -George Herbert

Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others. -George Santayana

The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution – this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths. -Groucho Marx

You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art. -Harry S Truman

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. -Henry David Thoreau

As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities. -Henry Ford

He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men. -Isaac Asimov

And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning. -Isaac Asimov

How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life. -Jack Nicklaus

Live your life and forget your age. -Jean Paul

In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part. -Jeremy Collier

One we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life. -Jerome K. Jerome

I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment. -John Locke

Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us. -John N. Mitchell

These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new. -John Steinbeck

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience. -Jonathan Swift

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. -Joseph Addison

The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency. -Joyce Carol Oates

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. -Khalil Gibran

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process. -Max Eastman

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life. -Michael Korda

When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality. -Muriel Spark

With renunciation life begins. -Amelia Barr

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. -Niccolo Machiavelli

Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too. -Ninon de L'Enclos

The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal. -Pope Paul VI

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. -Pope Paul VI

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. -Pope Paul VI

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness. -Virginia Woolf

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. -Robert A. Heinlein

We must accept life for what it actually is – a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Wherever art appears, life disappears. -Robert Motherwell

I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun. -Roland Barthes

From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life. -Samuel Johnson

Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. -Susan Sontag

If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life. -Tom Stoppard

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news? -W. Somerset Maugham

It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfillment is to be found. -Wilson Mizner

If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life? -Harvey Fierstein

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. -Henry David Thoreau

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves. -E. Joseph Cossman

The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something. -Chauncey Depew

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. -Rita Mae Brown

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. -Amelia Earhart

Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm. -Jean Paul

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. -Sophia Loren

Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show. -David Gerrold

Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile, I caught hell for. -Earl Warren

My Alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. -Malcolm X

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy

Character develops itself in the stream of life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. -John Irving

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness. -Maxwell Maltz

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears. -A. C. Benson

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. -Joseph Addison

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. -Harry Emerson Fosdick

Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise. -Phillips Brooks

Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too. -Meryl Streep

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest. -Charles Dickens

The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality. -James A. Michener

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. -Vince Lombardi

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. -Joseph Campbell

In life, as in chess, forethought wins. -Charles Buxton

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. -George MacDonald

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover. -Joseph Addison

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. -Charles R. Swindoll

By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive. -Albert Schweitzer

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted. -Ralph W. Sockman

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. -Arnold Bennett

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. -Marcus Aurelius

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. -Henry David Thoreau

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life. -Booker T. Washington

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started. -Norman Cousins

Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity. -Vaclav Havel

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. -Doris Lessing

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it. -Samuel Butler

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. -Barbara Bush

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. -Norman Cousins

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever. -Karen Blixen

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. -George Eliot

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. -Albert Einstein

I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it? -Richard Bach

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. -George Bernard Shaw

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. -Buddha

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. -Thomas Merton

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. -Norman Vincent Peale

A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away. -Gene Roddenberry

Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared. -Henri Nouwen

The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do. -Henry Moore

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. -Carl Sandburg

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup. -Boris Pasternak

If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don't have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it's not enough. -Ann Landers

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. -Oscar Wilde

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. -Leo Buscaglia

After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. -Sophia Loren

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. -John Wayne

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. -Lucille Ball

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in. -Katherine Mansfield

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. -Aldous Huxley

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. -Albert Ellis

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. -Oprah Winfrey

During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. -Soren Kierkegaard

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing. -William Congreve

Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. -Richard E. Byrd

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. -Benjamin Disraeli

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore. -Cyril Connolly

You don't have to be a 'person of influence' to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me. -Scott Adams

Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life. -Sean O'Casey

I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer. -Doris Lessing

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. -Gilbert Highet

I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse. -Isaac Asimov

To be free is to have achieved your life. -Tennessee Williams

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. -Victor Hugo

Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you're free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in. -Saul Alinsky

I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it. -Laurence Olivier

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life. -Christopher Morley

A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat. -P. J. O'Rourke

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something. -Jackie Mason

Who knows? Maybe my life belongs to God. Maybe it belongs to me. But I do know one thing: I'm damned if it belongs to the government. -Art Hoppe

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause. -Theodore Roosevelt

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. -Alfred Adler

As soon as there is life there is danger. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life. -Thomas Huxley

If I studied all my life, I couldn't think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress. -Will Rogers

The best part of one's life is the working part, the creative part. Believe me, I love to succeed… However, the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing. -Garson Kanin

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. -Pablo Picasso

Oh, love is real enough; you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy – and that is life. -Jean Anouilh

The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death. -Jean Anouilh

I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. -Eudora Welty

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. -Edward de Bono

May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law. -Immanuel Kant

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. -Helen Keller

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life. -Albert Schweitzer

Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. -Samuel Johnson

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical. -Margaret Fuller

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. -Vaclav Havel

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring. -Henry Miller

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them. -Frank Moore Colby

True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself. -Henry Miller

Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts. -Allan Bloom

Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles. -George Bernard Shaw

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. -Oscar Wilde

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. -Ayn Rand

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable. -Miguel de Cervantes

I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. -Ayn Rand

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive. -Robert A. Heinlein

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. -Ayn Rand

I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far. -Neil Simon

If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. -Bill Watterson

Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. -Ayn Rand

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life. -Oscar Wilde

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. -Bill Watterson

Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking. -Aldous Huxley

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. -Henry Adams

Without discipline, there's no life at all. -Katharine Hepburn

The life so short, the craft so long to learn. -Hippocrates

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. -Groucho Marx

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. -Mark Twain

Class is the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. -Ann Landers

Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level. -Alexander Haig

Unless their use by readers bring them to life, books are indeed dead things. -Lawrence Clark Powell

Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! -Lawrence G. Lovasik

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter. -James Earl Jones

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. -Jimmy Buffett

We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it! -Gary Ryan Blair

You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel. -Richard Bach

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up. -John C. Maxwell

Definition of a victim: a person to whom life happens. -Peter McWilliams

It's your life. Live it with people who are alive. It tends to be contagious. -Peter McWilliams

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. -P. G. Wodehouse

A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life. -Thomas Hobbes

We can consciously end our life almost anytime we choose. This ability is an endowment, like laughing and blushing, given to no other animal… in any given moment, by not exercising the option of suicide, we are choosing to live. -Peter McWilliams

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. -Carl Jung

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. -Freeman Dyson

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? -Friedrich Nietzsche

I bear a charmed life. -William Shakespeare

Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went. -John Updike

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. -Tony Robbins

Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary? -James M. Barrie

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it. -Viktor E. Frankl

Either you let your life slip away by not doing the things you want to do, or you get up and do them. -Roger von Oech

If you play it safe in life you've decided that you don't want to grow any more. -Shirley Hufstedler

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. -Thich Nhat Hanh

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself. -Emmet Fox

No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it. -Raymond Holliwell

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. -Samuel Smiles

When I'm living in the world of luxury and celebrity, which is where I found myself for a large part of my life, it's a walk-on part. Not a vital necessity, like it is for so many people. I enjoy it but I can see right through it! -Agnetha Faltskog

Marlon Brando. The finest actor who ever lived. He was my idol when I was 13. He's done enough work to last two lifetimes. Everything I do, I think: Can Brando play this with me? -Barbra Streisand

Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life. -Bette Davis

You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave. -Billie Holiday

I'd love to retouch my whole life. -Dusty Springfield

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

When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor. -Eleanor Roosevelt

My biggest fear in life is to be forgotten. -Evita Peron

The story of my life is about back entrances, side doors, secret elevators and other ways of getting in and out of places so that people won't bother me. -Greta Garbo

You don't have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life. -Greta Garbo

I want to live my life, not record it. -Jackie Kennedy

Hollywood is like life, you face it with the sum total of your equipment. -Joan Crawford

There have been times when I have deliberately tried to take my life… I think I must have been crying for some attention. -Judy Garland

Humor has been the balm of my life, but it's been reserved for those close to me, not part of the public Lana. -Lana Turner

My life has been a series of emergencies. -Lana Turner

Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead. -Lucille Ball

If critics have problems with my personal life, it's their problem. Anybody with half a brain would realize that it's the charts that count. -Mariah Carey

I love life and nothing intimidates me anymore. -Olivia Newton-John

I simply have a marvellous life, a very lucky life. -Olivia Newton-John

A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience. -Wallis Simpson

Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain. -Mary Catherine Bateson

I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory. -Lucy Lawless

Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. -Mark Twain

The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. -Jim Rohn

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy. -Hamlin Garland

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. -Frank Lloyd Wright

No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built. -Frank Lloyd Wright

I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture. -Frank Lloyd Wright

It's going to take a certain man for me to ever get involved with, because he'll have to realize I don't have two children, I have three. Tommy is always going to always be a part of my life. -Pamela Anderson

I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can't or don't do in my normal everyday life. -Leonardo DiCaprio

I've always been spontaneous and outgoing… I've tried lots of things so I've got some good life experiences, which is great 'cause it means I've got lots of material to work with as an actor. -Leonardo DiCaprio

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people. -Leonardo DiCaprio

You have only a short period of time in your life to make your mark, and I'm there now. -George Clooney

When the media ask George W. Bush a question, he answers, 'Can I use a lifeline?' -Robin Williams

I don't know what better teenage life you could get than going around the world doing what you love to do. -Anna Kournikova

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. -Terry Pratchett

I don't believe in the after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear. -Woody Allen

If it wasn't for pick-pockets I'd have no sex life at all. -Rodney Dangerfield

In married life three is company and two none. -Oscar Wilde

It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead, you're made for life. -Jimi Hendrix

My biggest regret in life is that I didn't hit John Denver in the mouth while I has the chance. -Denis Leary

There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins. -Josh Billings

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? -Woody Allen

When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, 'Why god? Why me?' and the thundering voice of God answered, 'There's just something about you that pisses me off.' -Stephen King

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. -Oscar Wilde

Remember the great adversity of art or anything else is a hurried life. -Robert James Waller

My school days were the happiest days of my life; which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty-five years. -Paul Merton

You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life. -Emo Philips

If they ever do my life story, whoever plays me needs lots of hair color and high heels. -Charlize Theron

Probably the toughest time in anyone's life is when you have to murder a loved one because they're the devil. -Emo Philips

The homosexual community wants me to be gay. The heterosexual community wants me to be straight. Every writer thinks, I'm the journalist who's going to make him talk. I pray for them. I pray that they get a life and stop living mine! -Ricky Martin

It is seldom in life that one knows that a coming event is to be of crucial importance. -Anya Seton

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life. -Daniel J. Boorstin

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. -Wayne Dyer

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. -Jane Austen

I am amazed about how everyone wants to know about my love life. They whisper to me, 'Tell me the truth? Is it true?' Who cares? Because we have this job, we are to say to everybody what we do, or with whom we sleep? It's a bit absurd, but that's why everybody lies so much. -Penelope Cruz

I have stepped off the relationship scene to come to terms with myself. I have spent most of my adult life being 'someone's girlfriend', and now I am happy being single. -Penelope Cruz

All my fans tell me what a glamorous life I have, but I tell them how hard I work and how many nights I spend alone with my dogs, eating chicken pot pie in my bedroom. -Shannen Doherty

Your life changes. Everything has to be done perfectly, and I didn't follow that. I lived my life as if I wasn't in the public eye. I thought, 'I'm young. I have the right to experience new things, and if I want to go to a bar and get drunk, that's my prerogative.' -Shannen Doherty

What is important is to have values in life. What's important is how you are, not how you look. -Valeria Mazza

Hope is the most exciting thing in life, and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn't come straight away, there is still that chance all through your life that it will. -Josh Hartnett

Boyfriends have to understand me and my needs. They have to know what I want out of my life and about my strict regime. I go to bed at 10pm and not later. I separate my professional and private lives. -Anna Kournikova

There's no way I set out to be a certain kind of symbol – the way I dress is the way I am, the way I live my life. -Pamela Anderson

Tattoos are like stories – they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful. -Pamela Anderson

I really feel like life will dictate itself. You should allow it to unfold as naturally as possible. Just go with the flow. When you're really desperate, you say a few prayers and hope for the best. That's the way I've always lived my life. -Shania Twain

Later in my life, I'm going to look back and smile and be very fulfilled. I know that if I don't give it my all right now I'll regret it later. That's very important to me, because I've worked all my life to have this. -Shania Twain

Be yourself, take control of your life. -Emma Bunton

Being a teen idol is what I've waited for my whole life. -Sarah Michelle Gellar

Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out. -Reese Witherspoon

I'm just kind of taking whatever life gives me and hoping that I make the right decision. -Amy Smart

If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do. -Angelina Jolie

I'm not one of those people that goes into details of my personal life on national TV to get attention. Some things are better left unsaid. -Mariah Carey

I don't feel like a dream girl, but I think it's really nice. I guess a part of me wishes I got that sort of attention in my real life. Because in my real life, I'm this weird, dorky girl who just hangs out with her dog. -Alicia Silverstone

I had an essence in my life that I was nothing. -Demi Moore

I'm not after fame and success and fortune and power. It's mostly that I want to have a good job and have good friends; that's the good stuff in life. -Drew Barrymore

I don't know anybody's road who's been paved perfectly for them, there are no manuals, you don't know what life has in store for you. -Drew Barrymore

My whole life, I've wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. It's the most liberating thing in the world. -Drew Barrymore

I truly believe that we can overcome any hurdle that lies before us and create the life we want to live. I have seen it happen time and time again. -Gillian Anderson

I don't see a white woman. I see a black woman, even though my mother is white. Knowing that has made my life easier, I think. -Halle Berry

There's more to life than cheek bones. -Kate Winslet

I'm going to Columbia University but I'm trying to keep that low-profile because I don't want weird people following me there. I want the experience of normal college life. -Julia Stiles

Dreams are necessary to life. -Anais Nin

I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so. -Stephen Leacock

To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. -William James

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it. -Samuel Butler

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. -Benjamin Disraeli

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. -Zig Ziglar

You change your life by changing your heart. -Max Lucado

It is necessary to try to pass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life. -Queen Christina

The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free. -Charles R. Swindoll

Don't go through life, grow through life. -Eric Butterworth

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. -Steven Weinberg

Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing his decision on stem cell research. He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution. -Jay Leno

I had to fight all my life to survive. They were all against me… but I beat the bastards and left them in the ditch. -Ty Cobb

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself. -Robert Foster Bennett

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do. -Denis Waitley

At this point in my life I'd like to live as if only love mattered. -Tracy Chapman

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. -Aristotle

I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got. -Walter Cronkite

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed. -Bernard Baruch

There is always a multitude of reasons both in favor of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them. -Hale White

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another… and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world. -Leonard Bernstein

If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn't exactly been one of moderation. -Donald Trump

All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. -Walt Disney

There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say. -Martin Buber

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles. -Stephen Covey

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

As I grow to understand life less and less I grow to love it more and more. -Jules Renard

We must start with the reality that corporations cannot guarantee anyone a lifetime job any more than corporations have a guarantee of immortality. -John W. Snow

Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. -Ernest Hemingway

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. -Eric Hoffer

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill

I have always argued that change becomes stressful and overwhelming only when you've lost any sense of the constancy of your life. You need firm ground to stand on. From there, you can deal with that change. -Richard Nelson Bolles

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor. -Jennifer Jones

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life. -William Arthur Ward

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. -Miguel de Cervantes

I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes. -J. B. Priestley

The examined life is no picnic. -Robert Fulghum

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life. -James M. Barrie

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it. -Walt Disney

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try. -Nikki Giovanni

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life. -Oprah Winfrey

I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it. -Hank Aaron

To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread. -James Baldwin

As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust. -Charles W. Chesnutt

For me, music and life are all about style. -Miles Davis

Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk. -Shirley Hufstedler

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. -Erica Jong

Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you. -Fran Lebowitz

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything… or nothing. -Nancy Astor

I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say. -Ingrid Bergman

I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain. -Rita Mae Brown

The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it. -Joan Collins

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. -Johnny Carson

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. -Benjamin Franklin

We're all given some sort of skill in life. Mine just happens to be beating up on people. -Sugar Ray Leonard

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning. -Katherine Anne Porter

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me. -Anna Quindlen

You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations. -Zig Ziglar

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. -Aristotle

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Music has brought me some of the highest moments of my life. I don't even hear the music. I don't even hear the notes. I'm not aware that someone has turned on a tape machine – I'm in another world. -Jane Seymour

There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall. -Bernard Malamud

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. -Lao Tzu

Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents. -Ezra Pound

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life. -Robert Louis Stevenson

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. -Harold Kushner

I believe that if we really want human brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or path by which it may spread. -Adlai Stevenson I

Brotherhood is not just a Bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all. -Heywood Broun

I didn't have anybody, really, no foundation in life, so I had to make my own way. Always, from the start. I had to go out in the world and become strong, to discover my mission in life. -Tina Turner

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place. -Orison Swett Marden

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. -Oprah Winfrey

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

Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. -Henry David Thoreau

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life. -Jean Paul

Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false. -Richard Cecil

The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death. -Voltaire

The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it. -Christian Nestell Bovee

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. -Albert Einstein

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. -Linus Pauling

A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. -Eudora Welty

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. -Dale Carnegie

At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving. -Woodrow Wilson

In life you need either inspiration or desperation. -Tony Robbins

The act of dying is one of the acts of life. -Marcus Aurelius

There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music. -Jim Davis

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. -Jim Rohn

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. -Rene Descartes

The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire. -William R. Alger

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. -Emily Dickinson

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. -Albert Schweitzer

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. -Albert Schweitzer

I hold this as a rule of life: too much of anything is bad. -Terence

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. -William Golding

Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to. -Greg Anderson

Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live. -Leo Tolstoy

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live. -George Bernard Shaw

Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living. -Helen Keller

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. -Ralph Marston

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I don't think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces you to think it's a choice, but in fact, it's in one's nature. The choice is whether one expresses one's nature truthfully or spends the rest of one's life lying about it. -Marlo Thomas

We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself. -Gore Vidal

Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it. -Pearl S. Buck

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime. -Erich Fromm

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. -Barbara Kingsolver

Where there's life, there's hope. -Terence

The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention… It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me. -Walter Scott

Man's loneliness is but his fear of life. -Eugene O'Neill

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. -Hilaire Belloc

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love. -Sophocles

You can get through life with bad manners, but it's easier with good manners. -Lillian Gish

It's precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life. -Max Frisch

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment. -Viktor E. Frankl

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. -Joseph Campbell

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. -Anais Nin

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? -Charles M. Schulz

To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. I have adopted the technique of living life miracle to miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies – all of life's riddles are answered in the movies. -Steve Martin

Somehow you can tell the difference when a song is written just to get on the radio and when what someone does is their whole life. That comes through in Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson. There is no separating their life from their music. -Lyle Lovett

Music is the soundtrack of your life. -Dick Clark

Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing. -Henry Miller

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage. -Benjamin Disraeli

A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands. -William Lyon Phelps

Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself. -Havelock Ellis

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual – when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. -Brigitte Bardot

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. -Anatole France

Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared. -Mahatma Gandhi

To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. -Albert Schweitzer

One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that. -Joseph Campbell

You may be sorry that you spoke, sorry you stayed or went, sorry you won or lost, sorry so much was spent. But as you go through life, you'll find – you're never sorry you were kind. -Herbert V. Prochnow

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. -Louisa May Alcott

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. -Oliver Goldsmith

Each person must live their life as a model for others. -Rosa Parks

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. -Charles Dudley Warner

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. -Socrates

If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself. -Alexandre Dumas

It is only a man's own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else's meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. -Muriel Spark

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life. -Joyce Brothers

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. -Anais Nin

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next. -Nora Ephron

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. Only reverance can restrain violence – reverance for human life and the environment. -William Sloane Coffin

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. -Andrew Carnegie

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. -Voltaire

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. -Aristotle

I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business. -Chester A. Arthur

What is inherently wrong with the word 'politician' if the fellow has devoted his life to holding public office and trying to do something for his people? -Richard J. Daley

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. -Benjamin Disraeli

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. -Benjamin Disraeli

Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. -Mary McLeod Bethune

This is all you have. This is not a dry run. This is your life. If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won't get it back later. -Laura Schlessinger

Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage. -Laura Schlessinger

When your are playing for the national championship, it's not a matter of life or death. It's more important than that. -Duffy Daugherty

We also learn that this country and the Western world have no monopoly of goodness and truth and scholarship, we begin to appreciate the ingredients that are indispensable to making a better world. In a life of learning that is, perhaps, the greatest lesson of all. -John Hope Franklin

I sing about life. -Marvin Gaye

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. -Robert Fulghum

I didn't fully realize it at the time, but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience – to help produce, in the next generation, more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. -Unknown

I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear – it's active disengagement. -Ken Burns

The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community. -Ruth Benedict

However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole. -Muriel Rukeyser

One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions. -Cornelia Otis Skinner

For me, getting comfortable with being famous was hard – that whole side of it, the loss of anonymity, the loss of privacy. Giving up that part of your life and not having control of it. -Michelle Pfeiffer

Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness. -Julia Cameron

Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress. -Milan Kundera

For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one. -Elbert Hubbard

My life is full of mistakes. They're like pebbles that make a good road. -Beatrice Wood

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. -Richard Bach

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life. -Pythagoras

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. -Rabindranath Tagore

As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. -Robert M. Pirsig

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge. -Gerald Jampolsky

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. -Rumi

Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce. -Natalie Goldberg

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. -John Lennon

I never let prejudice stop me from what I wanted to do in this life. -Sarah Louise Delany

Live your life fom your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls. -Melody Beattie

The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values. -Norman Thomas

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. -Winston Churchill

No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back. -Sheryl Swoopes

In the end we are all sacked and it's always awful. It is as inevitable as death following life. If you are elevated there comes a day when you are demoted. Even Prime Ministers. -Alan Clark

Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life. -Orrin Hatch

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. -Thomas Jefferson

For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. -Robert Kennedy

I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts – spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There was only one gift he held back – length of life. -Rose Kennedy

The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains. -Josephine Baker

Every man is the architect of his own life. He builds it just the way he wants it. However, after he has built what he wants, he sometimes decides that he doesn't like what he has built and looks for someone or something to blame instead of changing himself. -Sydney Madwed

An apology might help, but you can change your life without one. -Robin Quivers

Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex. -Havelock Ellis

No man is fit to be a Senator… unless he is willing to surrender his political life for great principle. -Henry F. Ashurst

Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind. -Mikhail Gorbachev

A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life. -John Stuart Mill

Men who are engaged in public life must necessarily aim at reducing opposition to a minimum, and one of the most obvious means to that end is by misrepresenting, discrediting or ruining their opponents. -Frederick Scott Oliver

Two kinds of men generally best succeed in political life; men of no principle, but of great talent; and men of no talent, but of one principle – that of obedience to their superiors. -Wendell Phillips

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