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LIFE
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Let us live then, and be glad
  While young life's before us
    After youthful pastime had,
      After old age had and sad,
        Earth will slumber over us.
          [Lat., Gaudeamus igitur,
            Juvenes dum sumus
              Post pucundam juventutem.
                Post molestam senectutem.
                  Nos habetit humus.]
      - Unattributed Author,
        (John Addington Symonds' translation)

Life is an uncharted ocean. The cautious mariner must needs take Many soundings ere he conduct his barque to port in safety.
      - Unattributed Author,
        epigraph from Soundings by A. Hamilton Gibbs

The deeper men go into life, the deeper is their conviction that this life is not all. It is an "unfinished symphony." A day may round out an insect's life, and a bird or a beast needs no to-morrow. Not so with him who knows that he is related to God and has felt "the power of an endless life."
      - Unattributed Author

In the midst of life we are in death.
      - Unattributed Author, Church Burial Service

Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.
      - Unattributed Author, Knock On Any Door
         (Nick Romano character), in a movie

Life's but a span, or a tale, or a word,
  That in a trice, or suddaine, is rehearsed.
      - Unattributed Author,
        The Roxburghe Ballads--A Friend's Advice
         (pt. II, edited by William Chappell)

If you will do some deed before you die,
  Remember not this caravan of death,
    But have belief that every little breath
      Will stay with you for an eternity.
      - Abu'l Ala

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, quoted in "Newsweek"

The Answer to the Great Question Of . . . Life, the Universe and Everything . . . [is] Forty-two.
      - Douglas Adams,
        The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
         (ch. 27)

Life is probation: mortal man was made
  To solve the solemn problem--right or wrong.
      - John Adams

Life is a problem; mortal man was made to solve the solemn problem right or wrong.
      - John Quincy Adams

Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business, then to make up an estate, then to arrive at honors, then to retire.
      - Joseph Addison

We make provisions for this life as if it were never to have an end, and for the other life as though it were never to have a beginning.
      - Joseph Addison

The less of routine, the more of life.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.
  [It., Spesso e da forte,
    Piu che il morire, il vivere.]
      - Vittorio Alfieri, Oreste (IV, 2)

I know not if the dark or bright
  Shall be by lot;
    If that wherein my hopes delight
      Be best or not.
      - Henry Alford, Life's Answer

Knowledge, love, power,--there is the complete life.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers.
      - Hans Christian Andersen, Preface to Works

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.
      - Anonymous

Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
      - Anonymous

And by a prudent flight and cunning save
  A life which valour could not, from the grave.
    A better buckler I can soon regain,
      But who can get another life again?
      - Archilochus, Fragment (VI),
        see Plutarch's "Morals", vol. I, "Essay of the Laws, etc., of the Lacedemonians", one version of quote

There is a cropping-time in the races of men, as in the fruits of the field; and sometimes, if the stock be good, there springs up for a time a succession of splendid men; and then comes a period of barrenness.
      - Aristotle, Rhetoric (II, 15, par. III)

Life, which all creatures love and strive to keep
  Wonderful, dear and pleasant unto each,
    Even to the meanest; yea, a boon to all
      Where pity is, for pity makes the world
        Soft to the weak and noble for the strong.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia

We are the voices of the wandering wind,
  Which moan for rest and rest can never find;
    Lo! as the wind is so is mortal life,
      A moan, a sigh, a sob, a storm, a strife.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia

With aching hands and bleeding feet
  We dig and heap, lay stone on stone;
    We bear the burden and the heat
      Of the long day, and wish 'twere done.
        Not till the hours of light return
          All we have built as we discern.
      - Matthew Arnold, Morality (st. 2)


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