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This world is not a platform where you will hear Thalberg-piano-playing. It is a piano manufactory, where are dust and shavings and boards, and saws and files and rasps and sandpapers. The perfect instrument and the music will be hereafter.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

We sleep, but the loom of live never stops and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up to-morrow.
      - Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts (p. 12)

We are all but Fellow-Travelers,
  Along Life's weary way;
    If any man can play the pipes,
      In God's name, let him play.
      - John Bennett, a poem in "The Century"

Life does not proceed by the association and addition of elements, but by dissociation and division.
      - Henri Louis Bergson, Creative Evolution
         (ch. I)

For life is tendency, and the essence of a tendency is to develop in the form of a sheaf, creating, by its very growth, divergent directions among which its impetus is divided.
      - Henri Louis Bergson, Creative Evolution
         (ch. II)

It is a misery to be born, a pain to live, a trouble to die.
  [Lat., Nasci miserum, vivere poena, angustia mori.]
      - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux ch. III

And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea all that a man hath will he give for his life.
      - Bible, Job (ch. II, v. 4)

I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
      - Bible, Job (ch. VII, v. 16)

For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
  (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:
    Shall not they theach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
      - Bible, Job (ch. VIII, v. 9)

Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXVIII, v. 13)

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 13-14)

As for man, this days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CIII, v. 15)

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CIII, v. 16)

My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
  Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XXXIX, v. 3-4)

Do what you will this life's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
      - William Blake

Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. I have often thought that morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice.
      - Leon Blum, in his book on marriage

Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.
      - Nadia Boulanger

The nearest approximation to an understanding of life is to feel it--to realize it to the full--to be a profound and inscrutable mystery.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
      - Elizabeth Bowen

Alas, how scant the sheaves for all the trouble,
  The toil, the pain and the resolve sublime--
    A few full ears; the rest but weeds and stubble,
      And withered wild-flowers plucked before their time.
      - Alonzo Bartlett Bragdon, The Old Campus

For life is the mirror of king and slave,
  'Tis just what we are and do;
    Then give to the world the best you have,
      And the best will come back to you.
      - Madeline Bridges (Mrs. Mary Ainge de Vere),
        Life's Mirror

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave,
  There are souls that are pure and true;
    Then give to the world the best you have,
      And the best fill come back to you.
      - Madeline Bridges (Mrs. Mary Ainge de Vere),
        Life's Mirror

Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

What art thou, life, that we, must court thy stay?
  A breath one single gasp must puff away!
    A short-lived flower, that with the day must fade!
      A fleeting vapor, and an empty shade!
        A stream that silently but swiftly glides
          To meet eternity's immeasured tides!
            A being, lost alike by pain or joy?
              A fly can kill it, or a worm destroy!
                Impair'd by labor, and by ease undone,
                  Commenced in tears, and ended in a groan.
      - Alexander Brome

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
      - Charlotte Bronte (used pseudonym Currer Bell)

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