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LIFE
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Study as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
      - Isidore of Seville, Saint Isidore

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

God help us! it is a foolish little thing, this human life, at the best; and it is half ridiculous, and half pitiful to see what importance we ascribe to it, and to its little ornaments and distinctions.
      - Lord Francis Jeffrey

A fair, where thousands meet, but none can stay;
  An inn, where travellers bait, then post away.
      - Soame Jenkyns (Jenyns),
        Immortality of the Soul,
        translated from the Latin of Isaac Hawkins Browne

It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, 'till we find our place, on the path unwinding.
      - Elton John

A minute analysis of life at once destroys that splendor which dazzles the imagination. Whatsoever grandeur can display, or luxury enjoy, is procured by offices of which the mind shrinks from the contemplation. All the delicacies of the table may be traced back to the shambles and the dunghill; all magnificence of building was hewn from the quarry, and all the pomp of ornament dug from among the damps and darkness of the mine.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured and little to be enjoyed.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Life consists not of a series of illustrious actions or elegant enjoyments. The greater part of our time passes in compliance with necessities, in the performance of daily duties, in the removal of small inconveniences, in the procurement of petty pleasures; and we are well or ill at ease, as the main stream of life glides on smoothly, or is ruffled by small obstacles and frequent interruption.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Life, however short, is made still shorter by waste of time.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Year chases year, decay pursues decay,
  Still drops some joy from withering life away;
    New forms arise, and different views engage,
      Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
        Till pitying Nature signs the last release,
          And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Learn that the present hour alone is man's.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Irene (act III, sc. 2)

Reflect that life, like every other blessing,
  Derives its value from its use alone.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Irene (III, viii)

"Enlarge my life with multitude of days!"
  In health, in sickness, thus the suppliant prays:
    Hides from himself its state, and shuns to know,
      That life protracted is protracted woe.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 255)

In life's last scene what prodigies surprise,
  Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise!
    From Marlborough's eyes the streams of dotage flow,
      And Swift expires a driveller and a show.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 315)

Catch, then, oh! catch the transient hour,
  Improve each moment as it flies;
    Life's a short summer--man a flower;
      He dies--alas! how soon he dies!
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Winter--An Ode (l. 33)

Our whole life is like a play.
      - Ben Jonson, Discoveries de Vita Humana

Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.
      - David Starr Jordan

The early and the latter part of human life are the best, or, at least, the most worthy of respect; the one as the age of innocence, the other of reason.
      - Joseph Joubert

The short bloom of our brief and narrow life flies fast away. While we are calling for flowers and wine and women, old age is upon us.
  [Lat., Festinat enim decurrere velox
    Flosculus angustae miseraeque brevissima vitae
      Portico; dum bibimus dum sera unguenta puellas
        Poscimus obrepit non intellecta senectus.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (IX, 127)

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
      - Danny Kaye


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