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Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves than with others.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Plunge boldly into the thick of life! each lives it; not to many is it known; and seize, it where you will, it is interesting.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The childhood of immortality.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The fine emotions whence our lives we mold
  Lie in the earthly tumult dumb and cold.
    [Ger., Die uns das Leben gaben, herrliche Gefuhle,
      Erstarren in dem irdischen Gewuhle.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 1, 286)

A useless life is an early death.
  [Ger., Ein unnutz Leben ist ein fruher Tod.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (I, 2, 63)

My worthy friend, gray are all theories
  And green alone Life's golden tree.
    [Ger., Grau, theurer Freund, ist alle Theorie
      Und grun des Lebens goldner Baum.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (I, 2, 63)

Sing it not in mournful numbers.
  [Ger., Singet nicht in Trauertonen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Wilhelm Meister--Philine

Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

All the bloomy flush of life is fled.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village

The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 138)

It all balances.
      - Frank Goodall

I would live the same life over if I had to live again,
  And the chances are I go where most men go.
      - Adam Lindsay Gordon

Life is mostly froth and bubble;
  Two things stand like stone:
    Kindness in another's trouble
      Courage in our own.
      - Adam Lindsay Gordon,
        Ye Weary Wayfarer--Finis Exoptatus

Along the cool sequestered vale of life,
  They kept the noiseless tenour of their way.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 19)

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
      - Stephen Grellet (Etienne de Grellet du Mobillier),
        not found in his writings, often attributed as of unknown authorship

Life's little ironies.
      - Thomas Hardy,
        title of a collection of stories

When I hear somebody say 'Life is hard', I am always tempted to ask 'Compared to what?'
      - Sydney J. Harris

Life is the offspring of death.
      - Moses Harvey

[George Herbert] a conspicuous example of plain living and high thinking.
      - Mrs. Hugh R. Haweis,
        Sermon on George Herbert,
        in "Evenings for the People"

Life is a continued struggle to be what we are not, and to do what we cannot.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

He was in love with life as an ant on a summer blade of grass.
      - Ben Hecht

Life is pain, so live it up while you can.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Who but knows
  How it goes!
    Life's a last year's rose.
      - William Ernest Henley, Echoes (XLV)

Life is a smoke that curls--
  Curls in a flickering skein,
    That winds and whisks and whirls,
      A figment thin and vain,
        Into the vast inane.
          One end for hut and hall.
      - William Ernest Henley,
        Of the Nothingness of Things

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