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LIFE
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Life, if you're fat is a minefield--you have to pick your way, otherwise you blow up.
      - Miriam Margolyes, in the London "Observer"

He who thinks the lives of Priam and of Nestor were long is much deceived and mistaken. Life consists not in living, but in enjoying health.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. VI)

It is not, believe me, the act of a wise man to say, "I will live." To-morrow's life is too late; live to-day.
  [Lat., Non est, crede mihi sapientis dicere "vivam."
    Sera nimis vita est crastina, vive hodie.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (I, 16, 11)

To-morrow I will live, the fool does say;
  To-day itself's too late, the wise lived yesterday.
    [Lat., Cras vives; hodie jam vivere, Postume, serum est.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (V, 58), (Cowley's translation)

A good man doubles the length of his existence; to have lived so as to look back with pleasure on our past existence is to live twice.
  [Lat., Ampliat aetatis spatium sibi vir bonus: hoc est vivere bis, vita posse priore frui.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (X, 23, 7)

He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best; and he whose heart beats the quickest lives the longest.
      - James Martineau

There is no human life so poor and small as not to hold many a divine possibility.
      - James Martineau

I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it.
      - Groucho Marx

On the long dusty ribbon of the long city street,
  The pageant of life is passing me on multitudinous feet,
    With a word here of the hills, and a song there of the sea
      And--the great movement changes--the pageant passes me.
      - John Masefield, All ye that pass by!

While we least think it prepares his Mate.
  Mate, and the King's pawn played, it never ceases,
    Though all the earth is dust of taken pieces.
      - John Masefield, Widow in the Bye Street
         (pt. I, last lines)

Man cannot call the brimming instant back;
  Time's an affair of instants spun to days;
    If man must make an instant gold, or black,
      Let him, he may; but Time must go his ways.
        Life may be duller for an instant's blaze.
          Life's an affair of instants spun to years,
            Instants are only cause of all these tears.
      - John Masefield, Widow in the Bye Street
         (pt. V)

Live as if you were eternal.
      - Andre Maurois

Life is a mission. Every other definition of life is false, and leads all who accept it astray. Religion, science, philosophy, though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, that every existence is an aim.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini, Life and Writings
         (ch. V)

An ardent thing, we have wandered long,
  We have searched the centuries through,
    In flaming pride, we have fought and died,
      To keep its memory true.
        We fight and die, but our hopes beat high,
          In spite of the toil and tears,
            For we catch the gleam of our vanished dream
              Down the path of the Untrod years.
      - Wilma Kate McFarland, The Untrod Years,
        published in "Methodist Journal", July 1912

Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.
      - Margaret Mead

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Life is good, but not life in itself.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

We are not born to survive. Only to live.
      - William Stanley (W.S.) Merwin

To take away life is a power which the vilest of the earth have in common; to give it belongs to gods and kings alone.
  [It., Il torre altrui la vita
    E facolta commune
      Al piu vil della terra; il darla e solo
        De' Numi, e de' Regnanti.]
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro),
        La Clemenza di Tito (III, 7)

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music--the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interest people. Forget yourself.
      - Henry Miller

Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
      - Henry Miller

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely divinely aware.
      - Henry Miller

Don't take life seriously because you can't come out of it alive.
      - Warren Miller

A man's best things are nearest him,
  Lie close about his feet.
      - Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton,
        The Men of Old (st. 7)

For men to tell how human life began
  Is hard; for who himself beginning knew?
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 250)


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