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LIFE
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Our journey is up-hill, with a dead body upon our backs, the devil doing what he can to pull us down.
      - Philip Henry

One doth but break-fast here, another dine; he that lives longest does but suppe; we must all goe to bed in another World.
      - Bishop Joseph Henshaw, Horae Subccisivae
         (1631 ed., p. 80)

A handful of good life is worth a bushel of learning.
      - George Herbert

Let all live as they would die.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

I made a posy, while the day ran by:
  Here will I smell my remnant out, and tie
    My life within this band.
      But time did beckon to the flowers, and they
        By noon most cunningly did steal away,
          And wither'd in my hand.
      - George Herbert, Life

That man lives twice that lives the first life well.
      - Robert Herrick

Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult.
      - Hippocrates of Iphicrates, Aphorism (i)

No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
      - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
         (pt. I, Of Man, ch. XVIII)

Life is before you,--not earthly life alone, but life--a thread running interminably through the warp of eternity.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Life, as we call it, is nothing but the edge of the boundless ocean of existence where it comes upon soundings.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Life is not to be bought with heaps of gold;
  Not all Apollo's Pythian treasures hold,
    Or Troy once held, in peace and pride sway,
      Can bribe the poor possession of the day.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. IX, l. 524), (Pope's translation)

For Fate has wove the thread of life with pain,
  And twins ev'n from the birth are Misery and Man!
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. VII, l. 263), (Pope's translation)

Oh! God! that bread should be so dear,
  And flesh and blood so cheap!
      - Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt

The short span of life forbids us to spin out hope to any length. Soon will night be upon you, and the fabled Shades, and the shadowy Plutonian home.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 4, 15)

That man lives happy and in command of himself, who from day to day can say I have lived. Whether clouds obscure, or the sun illumines the following day, that which is past is beyond recall.
  [Lat., Ille potens sui
    Laetusque deget, cui licet in diem
      Dixisse Vixi; cras vel atra
        Nube polum pater occupato,
          Vel sole puro, non tamen irritum
            Quodcunque retro est efficiet.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 29, 41)

Nor has he spent his life badly who has passed it in privacy.
  [Lat., Nec vixit male qui natus moriensque fefellit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 17, 10)

He who postpones the hour of living as he ought, is like the rustic who waits for the river to pass along (before he crosses); but it glides on and will glide forever.
  [Lat., Vivendi recte qui prorogat horam
    Rusticus expectat dum defluat amnis; at ille
      Labitur et labetur in omne volubilis aevum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 2, 41)

Content with his past life, let him take leave of life like a satiated guest.
  [Lat., Exacto contentus tempore vita cedat uti conviva satur.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 1, 118)

Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
      - Karen Horney

So long as we do not blow our brains out, we have decided life is worth living.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Life isn't all beer and skittles; but beer and skittles or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.
      - Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's School Days
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While we are reasoning concerning life, life is gone.
      - David Hume

The world is neither wise nor just, but it takes up for its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley,
        in a letter to Tyndall

The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley, Liberal Education,
        in "Science and Education"

There is but halting for the wearied foot;
  The better way is hidden. Faith hath failed;
    One stronger far than reason mastered her.
      It is not reason makes faith hard, but life.
      - Jean Ingelow,
        A Pastor's Letter to a Young Poet
         (pt. II, l. 231)


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