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LIFE
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Life is short, yet sweet.
      - Euripides

For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
      - Clifton Fadiman

For like a child, sent with a fluttering light
  To feel his way along a gusty night,
    Man walks the world. Again, and yet again,
      The lamp shall be by fits of passion slain;
        But shall not He who sent him from the door
          Relight the lamp once more, and yet once more?
      - Edward FitzGerald,
        translation of Attar's "Mantik-ut-Tair", (Bird Parliament)

The King in a carriage may ride,
  And the Beggar may crawl at his side;
    But in the general race,
      They are traveling all the same pace.
      - Edward FitzGerald, Chrononoros

If you wouldst live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Life is rather a state of embryo,--a preparation for life. A man is not completely born until he has passed through death.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Were the offer made true, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask should be the privilege of an author, to correct, in a second edition, certain errors of the first.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Life

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

The best thing that we're put here for's to see.
      - Robert Lee Frost

We live merely on the crust or rind of things.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Lucian

He lives long that lives well, and time misspent is not lived, but lost. Besides God is better than His promise, if He takes from him a long lease, and gives him a freehold of greater value.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Life is an endless series of experiments.
      - "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.
      - "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The old Quaker was right: "I expect to pass through life but once. If there is any kindness, or any good thing I can do to my fellow beings, let me do it now. I shall pass this way but once."
      - William Channing Gannett,
        Blessed the Drudgery

You and I are now nearly in middle age, and have not yet become soured and shrivelled with the wear and tear of life. Let us pray to be delivered from that condition where life and nature have no fresh, sweet sensations for us.
      - James Abram Garfield

How short life is! how frail is human trust!
      - John Gay, Trivia (bk. III, l. 235)

Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.
      - Christian Furchtegott Gellert

Live in such a way as, when you come to die, you will wish to have lived.
  [Ger., Lebe, wie Du, wenn du stirbst,
    Wunschen wirst, gelebt zu haben.]
      - Christian Furchtegott Gellert,
        Geistliche Oden und Lieder--Vom Tode

We are in this life as it were in another man's house. . . . In heaven is our home, in the world is our Inn: do not so entertain thyself in the Inn of this world for a day as to have thy mind withdrawn from longing after thy heavenly home.
      - Paul Gerhard (Gerhardt), Meditations
         (XXXVIII)

And thus does life go on, until death accomplishes the catastrophe in silence, takes the worn frame within his hand, and, as if it were a dried-up scroll, crumbles it in his grasp to ashes. The monuments of kingdoms, too, shall disappear. Still the globe shall move; still the stars shall burn; still the sun shall paint its colors on the day, and its colors on the year. What, then, is the individual, or what even is the race in the sublime recurrings of Time? Years, centuries, cycles, are nothing to these. The sun that measures out the ages of our planet is not a second-hand on the great dial of the universe.
      - Henry Giles

How mysterious is this human life, with all its diversities of contrast and compensation; this web of checkered destinies; this sphere of manifold allotment, where man lives in his greatness and grossness, a little lower than the angels, a little higher than the brutes.
      - Henry Giles

Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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