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LIFE
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I worked for a menial's hire,
  Only to learn, dismayed,
    That any wage I had asked of Life,
      Life would have paid.
      - Jessie B. Rittenhouse, My Wage

A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
      - Gene Roddenberry

In speaking to you men of the greatest city of the West, men of the state which gave to the country Lincoln and Grant, men who pre-eminently and distinctly embody all that is most American in the American character, I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of strenuous life.
      - Theodore Roosevelt,
        at Appomattox Day celebration of the Hamilton Club of Chicago

I must plough my furrow alone.
      - Lord Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery,
        in a speech

This life is but the passage of a day,
  This life is but a pang and all is over;
    But in the life to come which fades not away
      Every love shall abide and every lover.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti,
        Saints and Angels

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years, but the one with the richest experiences.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Live virtuously, my lord, and you cannot die too soon, nor live too long.
      - Rachel Russell (Lady Russell)

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
      - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man's papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive.
      - Jonas Salk

The very life which we enjoy is short.
  [Lat., Vita ipsa qua fruimur brevis est.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (I)

No one has become immortal by sloth; nor has any parent prayed that his children should live forever; but rather that they should lead an honorable and upright life.
  [Lat., Ignavia nemo immortalis factus: neque quisquam parens liberis, uti aeterni forent, optavit; magis, uti boni honestique vitam exigerent.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Jugurtha (LXXXV)

Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
      - Carl Sandburg

That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
      - George Santayana

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
      - George Santayana,
        Soliloquies in England--War Shrines

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
      - Jean-Paul Sartre

Say, what is life? 'Tis to be born,
  A helpless Babe, to greet the light
    With a sharp wail, as if the morn
      Foretold a cloudy noon and night;
        To weep, to sleep, and weep again,
          With sunny smiles between; and then?
      - John Godfrey Saxe, The Story of Life

O God, how lovely still is life!
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

We, we live! ours are the hours, and the living have their claims.
  [Ger., Wir, wir leben! Unser sind die Stunden
    Und der Lebende hat Recht.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        An die Freude (st. 1)

'Tis not the mere stage of life but the part we play thereon that gives the value.
  [Ger., Nicht der Tummelplatz des Lebens--sein Gehalt bestimmt seinen Werth.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Fiesco (III, 2)

Life did not present its sunny side to thee.
  [Ger., Nicht seine Freundenseite kehrte dir
    Das Leben zu.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Marie Stuart (II, 3, 136)

Wouldst thou wisely, and with pleasure,
  Pass the days of life's short measure,
    From the slow one counsel take,
      But a tool of him ne'er make;
        Ne'er as friend the swift one know,
          Nor the constant one as foe.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Proverbs of Confucius,
        (Bowring's translation)

The May of life blooms once and never again.
  [Ger., Des Lebens Mai bluht einmal und nicht wieder.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Resignation (st. 2), Opportunity

O'er Ocean, with a thousand masts, sails forth the stripling bold--
  One boat, hard rescued from the deep, draws into port the old!
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Votive Tablets--Expectation and Fulfilment


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