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LIFE
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My life is like the summer rose
  That opens to the morning sky,
    But ere the shade of evening close
      Is scatter'd on the ground to die.
      - claimed by Patrick O'Kelly ("Bard O'Kelly"),
        The Simile,
        but attributed to Richard Henry Wilde when it appeared in Philadelphia paper about 1815-16

We are all in this life together.
      - Old Saying

While some no other cause for life can give
  But a dull habitude to live.
      - John Oldham, To the Memory of Norwent
         (par. 5)

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.
      - Sir William Osler

Coleridge cried; "O God, how glorious it is to live!" Renan asks, "O God, when will it be worth while to live?" In Nature we echo the poet; in the world we echo the thinker.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

This also, that I live, I consider a gift of God.
  [Lat., Id quoque, quod vivam, munus habere die.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 1, 20)

This life a theatre we well may call,
  Where very actor must perform with art,
    Or laugh it through, and make a farce of all,
      Or learn to bear with grace his tragic part.
      - Palladas,
        epitaph in "Palatine Anthology", X, 72, as translated by Robert Bland

The state of man is inconstancy, ennui, anxiety.
  [Fr., Condition de l'homme, inconstance, ennui, inquietude.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensees (art VI, 46)

Life . . . is a relationship between molecules.
      - Linus Pauling,
        in Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling by Thomas Hager

Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.
      - Cesare Pavese

And he that lives to live forever never fears dying.
      - William Penn

The truest end of life is to know the life that never ends.
      - William Penn

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
      - Marge Piercy

One awakens, one rises, one dresses, and one goes forth;
  One returns, one dines, one sups, one retires and one sleeps.
    [Fr., On s'eveille, on se leve, on s'habille, et l'on sort;
      On rentre, on dine, on soupe, on se couche, et l'on dort.]
      - Antoine Pierre Augustin de Piis

The tree of deepest root is found
  Least willing still to quit the ground;
    'Twas therefore said by ancient sages,
      That love of life increased with years
        So much, that in our latter stages,
          When pain grows sharp, and sickness rages,
            The greatest love of life appears.
      - Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Henry Thrale),
        Three Warnings

Life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.
      - Luigi Pirandello

Nature has given man no better thing than shortness of life.
  [Lat., Natura vero nihil hominibus brevitate vitae praesitit melius.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (VII, 51, 3)

The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.
      - Alexander Pope

She went from opera, park, assembly, play,
  To morning walks, and prayers three hours a day.
    To part her time 'twixt reading and bohea,
      To muse, and spill her solitary tea,
        Or o'er cold coffee trifle with the spoon,
          Count the slow clock, and dine exact at noon.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Epistle to Miss Blount on Leaving Town
         (l. 13)

Let us (since life can little more supply
  Than just to look about us and to die)
    Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man;
      A might maze! but not without a plan.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 1)

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail,
  Reason the card, but passion is the gale.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 107)

Placed on this isthmus of a middle state.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 3)

Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot,
  To draw nutrition, propagate and rot.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 63)

Like bubbles on the sea of matter borne,
  They rise, they break, and to that sea return.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 19)

Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
  You've played, and loved, and ate, and drank your fill.
    Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
      Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the stage.
      - Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace
         (bk. II, ep. 2, l. 322)


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