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Like following life through creatures you dissect,
  You lose it in the moment you detect.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 29)

See how the World its Veterans rewards!
  A Youth of Frolics, an old Age of Cards;
    Fair to no purpose, artful to no end,
      Young without Lovers, old without a Friend;
        A Fop their Passion, but their Prize a Sot;
          Alive ridiculous, and dead forgot.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 243)

Through the sequester'd vale of rural life
  The venerable patriarch guileless held
    The tenor of his way.
      - Bishop Beilby Porteus, Death (l. 109)

The cradle and the tomb, alas! so nigh.
      - Matthew Prior

Amid two seas, on one small point of land,
  Wearied, uncertain, and amazed we stand.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Solomon on the Vanity of Human Wishes
         (pt. III, l. 616)

Who breathes must suffer; and who thinks, must mourn;
  And he alone is bless'd who ne'er was born.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Solomon on the Vanity of the World
         (bk. III, l. 240)

So vanishes our state; so pass our days;
  So life but opens now, and now decays;
    The cradle and the tomb, alas! so nigh,
      To live is scarce distinguish'd from to die.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Solomon on the Vanity of the World
         (bk. III, l. 527)

Half my life is full of sorrow,
  Half of joy, still fresh and new;
    One of these lives is a fancy,
      But the other one is true.
      - Adelaide Anne Procter, Dream-Life

While we live, let us live.
  [Lat., Dum vivimus, vivamus.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Our Life is nothing but a Winter's day;
  Some only break their Fast, and so away:
    Others stay to Dinner, and depart full fed:
      The deepest Age but Sups, and goes to Bed:
        He's most in debt that lingers out the Day:
          Who dies betime, has less, and less to pay.
      - Francis Quarles,
        Divine Fancies--On The Life of Man

Life is agid, life is fulgid. Life is what the least of us make most of us feel the least of us make the most of. Life is a burgeoning, a quickening of the dim primordial urge in the murky wastes of time.
      - Willard Van Orman Quine, Methods of Logic

May he live, fife, pipe, drink.
  [Fr., Vivat, fifat, pipat, bibat.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. IV, ch. 53)

And there I began to think that it is very true, which is said, that half the world does not know how the other half lives.
  [Fr., Et la commencay a penser qu'il est bien vray ce que l'on dit, que la moitie du monde ne scait comment l'aultre vit.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel (ch. XXXII)

Life is a tragedy.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Our bodies are but the anvils of pain and disease and our minds the hives of unnumbered cares.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life.
      - Ayn Rand

Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute and little and absurd the next. I guess we get what's best for us in the end.
      - Alice Caldwell Rice (Alice Caldwell Hegan, Mrs. Cale Young Rice),
        A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill (ch. 2)

Life, like the water of the seas, freshens only when it ascends toward heaven.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The romance of life begins and ends with two blank pages. Age and extreme old age.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Man has here two and a half minutes--one to smile, one to sigh, and a half to love: for in the midst of this minute he dies.
  [Ger., Der Mensch hat hier dritthalb Minuten, eine zu lacheln-- eine zu seufzen--und eine halbe zu lieben: denn mitten in dieser Minute stirbt er.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Hesperus (IV)

Every man has a rainy corner of his life out of which foul weather proceeds and follows after him.
  [Ger., Jeder Mensch hat eine Regen-Ecke seines Lebens aus der ihm das schlimme Wetter nachzieht.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 123)

The Fates and Furies, as well as the Graces and Sirens, glide with linked hands over life.
  [Ger., Die Parzen und Furien ziehen auch mit verbundnen Handen um das Leben, wie die Grazien und die Sirenen.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 140)

Only deeds give strength to life, only moderation gives it charm.
  [Ger., Nur Thaten geben dem Leben Starke, nur Maas ihm Reiz.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 145)

A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it's all over.
      - Mary Roberts Rinehart

I bargained with Life for a penny,
  And Life would pay no more,
    However I begged at evening
      When I counted my scanty store.
      - Jessie B. Rittenhouse, My Wage

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