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LIFE
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This strange disease of modern life,
  With its sick hurry, its divided aims.
      - Matthew Arnold, Scholar-Gypsy (st. 21)

Saw life steadily and saw it whole.
      - Matthew Arnold, Sonnet to a Friend,
        said of Sophocles

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
      - Isaac Asimov

They live that they may eat, but he himself [Socrates] eats that he may live.
      - Athenaeus IV, 15

We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I do not know.
      - W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden

We come and we cry, and that is life; we yawn and we depart, and that is death!
  [Fr., On entre, on crie,
    Et c'est la vie!
      On baille, on sort,
        Et c'est la mort!]
      - Ausone de Chancel, Line in an Album

Life is what we are alive to. It is not length, but breadth. To be alive only to appetite, pleasure, pride, money-making, and not to goodness and kindness, purity and love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hopes, it is to be all but dead.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

As a mortal, thou must nourish each of two forebodings--that tomorrow's sunlight will be the last that thou shalt see; and that for fifty years wilt live out thy life in ample wealth.
      - Bacchylides

The World's a bubble, and the Life of Man less than a span:
  In his conception wretched, from the womb so to the tomb.
    Curst from his cradle, and brought up to years with cares and fears.
      Who then to frail mortality shall trust,
        But limns the water, or but writes in dust.
      - Francis Bacon,
        Life--Preface to the Translation of Certain Psalms

I would live to study, and not study to live.
      - Francis Bacon, Memorial of Access

Life is not a set campaign, but an irregular work, and the main forces in it are not overt resolutions, but latent and half-involuntary promptings.
      - Walter Bagehot

Life is as serious a thing as death.
      - Philip James Bailey

Life's but a means unto an end, that end,
  Beginning, mean, and end to all things--God.
      - Philip James Bailey

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
  In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
    We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
      Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Country Town)

It matters not how long we live, but how.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Wood and Water)

Life hath more awe than death.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Wood and Water)

God is the poet; men are but the actors. The great dramas of earth were written in heaven.
      - Honore de Balzac

Life is simply what our feelings do to us.
      - Honore de Balzac

I live for those who love me,
  For those who know me true;
    For the heaven so blue above me,
      And the good that I can do.
      - George Linnaeus Banks, My Aim,
        in "Daisies of the Grass", p. 21 (ed. 1865)

Life! we've been long together
  Through pleasant and through cloudy weather:
    'Tis hard to part when friends are dear:
      Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear;
        Then steal away, give little warning,
          Choose thine own time,
            Say not Good-night,--but in some brighter clime
              Bid me Good-morning.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Life

Life is a long lesson in humility.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie, Little Minister
         (ch. III)

A man must pay the fiddler, in my case it so happened that a whole symphony orchestra often had to be subsidized.
      - John Barrymore

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
  [Fr., Loin des sepultures celebres
    Vers un cimitiere isole
      Mon coeur, comme un tambour voile
        Va battant des marches funebres.]
      - Charles Pierre Baudelaire,
        Les Fleurs du Mal. Le Guignon

Life is a dream and death an awakening.
      - Laurent la Beaumelle

Our lives are but our marches to the grave.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Humorous Lieutenant
         (act III, sc. 5, l. 76)


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