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Life, believe, is not a dream,
  So dark as sages say;
    Oft a little morning rain
      Foretells a pleasant day!
      - Charlotte Bronte (used pseudonym Currer Bell),

A little sun, a little rain,
  A soft wind blowing from the west,
    And woods and fields are sweet again,
      And warmth within the mountain's breast
        A little love, a little trust,
          A soft impulse, a sudden dream,
            And life as dry as desert dust,
              Is fresher than a mountain stream.
      - Stopford Augustus Brooke, Earth and Man

Pray for and work for fullness of life above everything; full red blood in the body; full honesty and truth in the mind; and the fullness of a grateful love for the Saviour in your heart.
      - Phillips Brooks

There is no life so humble that, if it be true and genuinely human and obedient to God, it may not hope to shed some of His light. There is no life so meager that the greatest and wisest of us can afford to despise it. We cannot know at what moment it may flash forth with the life of God.
      - Phillips Brooks

Life is just a bowl of cherries.
      - Lew Brown, title of a song

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.
      - Rita Mae Brown

I would not live over my hours past . . . not unto Cicero's ground because I have lived them well, but for fear I should live them worse.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

The long habit of living disposeth us for dying.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia

Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.
      - Sir Thomas Browne,
        Hydriotaphia (Urn-Burial) (ch. V)

Whose life is a bubble, and in length a span.
      - Sir William Browne (1),
        Brittania Pastorals (bk. I, song II)

I know--is all the mourner saith,
  Knowledge by suffering entereth;
    And Life is perfected by Death.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        Vision of Poets (st. 321)

Have you found your life distasteful?
  My life did, and does, smack sweet.
    Was your youth of pleasure wasteful?
      Mine I saved and hold complete.
        Do your joys with age diminish?
          When mine fail me, I'll complain.
            Must in death your daylight finish?
              My sun sets to rise again.
      - Robert Browning, At the "Mermaid" (st. 10)

I count life just a stuff
  To try the soul's strength on.
      - Robert Browning, In a Balcony

No! let me taste the whole of it, fare like my peers,
  The heroes of old,
    Bear the brunt, in a minute pay glad life's arrears
      Of pain, darkness and cold.
      - Robert Browning, Prospice

Life is short--while we speak it flies; enjoy, then, the present, and forget the future; such is the moral of ancient poetry, a graceful and a wise moral,--indulged beneath a southern sky, and all deserving, the phrase applied to it,--the philosophy of the garden."
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

O Life! thou art a galling load,
  Along a rough, a weary road,
    To wretches such as I!
      - Robert Burns, Despondency

O, Life! how pleasant is thy morning,
  Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning!
    Cold pausing Caution's lesson scorning,
      We frisk away,
        Like schoolboys, at the expected warning,
          To joy and play.
      - Robert Burns, Epistle to James Smith

Life is but a day at most.
      - Robert Burns, Friars' Carse Hermitage

All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
      - Samuel Butler (2)

Did man compute
  Existence by enjoyment, and count o'er
    Such hours 'gainst years of life, say, would he name threescore?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 34)

All is concentred in a life intense,
  Where not a beam, nor air, nor leaf is lost,
    But hath a part of being.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 89)

Through life's road, so dim and dirty,
  I have dragged to three and thirty;
    What have these years left to me?
      Nothing, except thirty-three.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        in Moore's "Life of Byron", vol. II, p. 414, first edition

Our life is two-fold; sleep hath its own world,
  A boundary between the things misnamed
    Death and existence.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Dream (st. 1, l. 1)

The dust we tread upon was once alive.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sardanapalus (act IV, sc. 1, l. 66)

Everyone is in the best seat.
      - John Cage

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