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Nature has lent us life at interest, like money, and has fixed no day for its payment.
  [Lat., Natura dedit usuram vitae tanquam pecuniae nulla praestitua die.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 39)

No one has lived a short live who has performed its duties with unblemished character.
  [Lat., Nemo parum diu vixit, qui virtuis perfectae perfecto functus est munere.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 45)

They who are most weary of life, and yet are most unwilling to die, are such who have lived to no purpose,--who have rather breathed than lived.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

Life is a horizontal fall.
      - Jean Cocteau

To know, to esteem, to love,--and then to part,
  Makes up life's tale to many a feeling heart.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        On Taking Leave of -----

Life is but thought.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Youth and Age

Life is not life unless you make mistakes.
      - Joan Collins

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, which is most common; by philosophy, which is most ostentatious; and by religion, which is the most effectual.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
      - Confucius

Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learnt to walk.
      - Cyril Connolly

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.
      - Shirley Conran, Superwoman

The life's a hollow bubble,
  Don't you know?
    Just a painted piece of trouble,
      Don't you know?
        We come to earth to cry,
          We grow older and we sigh,
            Older still, and then we die!
              Don't you know?
      - Edmund Vance Cooke, Fin de Siecle

The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won but to have fought well.
      - Baron Pierre de Coubertin,
        in a speech in London

Life for delays and doubts no time does give,
  None ever yet made haste enough to live.
      - Abraham Cowley, Martial (lib. II, XC)

His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets might
  Be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was in the right.
      - Abraham Cowley, On the Death of Crashaw
         (l. 55)

Life is an incurable disease.
      - Abraham Cowley, To Dr. Scarborough

Men deal with life as children with their play,
  Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.
      - William Cowper, Hope (l. 127)

Still ending, and beginning still.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. III, l. 627)

What is it but a map of busy life,
  Its fluctuations, and its vast concerns?
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 55)

Shall he who soars, inspired by loftier views,
  Life's little cares and little pains refuse?
    Shall he not rather feel a double share
      Of mortal woe, when doubly arm'd to bear?
      - George Crabbe, Library

Life's bloomy flush as lost.
      - George Crabbe, Parish Register
         (pt. II, 453)

Let's learn to live, for we must die alone.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough (letter X)

Life is not measured by the time we live.
      - George Crabbe, Village (bk. II)

Every moment of life is a step toward the grave.
  [Fr., Chaque instant de la vie est un pas vers la mort.]
      - Prosper Jolyot de Crebillon,
        Tite et Berenice (I, 5)

Life was a funny thing that occurred on the way to the grave.
      - Quentin Crisp

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