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LIFE
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The game of life looks cheerful when one carries a treasure safe in his heart.
  [Ger., Das Spiel des Lebens sieht sich heiter an,
    Wenn mann den sichern Schatz im Herzen tragt.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein
         (pt. I, Piccolomini, act III, 4)

I've lived and loved.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein
         (pt. I, Piccolomini, song in act II, sc. 6),
        (Coleridge's translation)

His saying was: live and let live.
  [Ger., Sein Spruch war: leben und leben lassen.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Lager (VI, 106)

Human life must be some form of mistake.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

From a boy
  I gloated on existence. Earth to me
    Seemed all sufficient and my sojourn there
      One trembling opportunity for joy.
      - Alan Seeger, Sonnet--I Loved

One should count each day a separate life.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The part of life we really live is short.
  [Lat., Exigua pars est vitae quam nos vivimus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The wise man lives as long as he should, not just as long as he likes.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

While we are postponing, life speeds by.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Life, if thou knowest how to use it, is long enough.
  [Lat., Vita, si scias uti, longa est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Brevitate Vitoe (II)

The part of life which we really live is short.
  [Lat., Exigua pars est vitae quam nos vivimus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Brevitate Vitoe (II)

The whole of life is nothing but a journey to death.
  [Lat., Tota vita nihil aliud quam ad mortem iter est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Consolatione ad Polybium (XI)

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
  [Lat., Quomodo fabula, sic vita: non quam diu, sed quam bene acta sit, refert.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles
         (LXXXVII)

Make haste to live, and consider each day a life.
  [Lat., Propra vivere et singulos dies singulas vitas puta.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (CI)

This body is not a home, but an inn; and that only for a short time.
  [Lat., Non domus hoc corpus sed hospitium et quidem breve.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (CXX)

Before old age I took care to live well; in old age I take care to die well; but to die well is to die willingly.
  [Lat., Ante senectutem curavi ut bene viverem, in senectute (curo) ut bene moriar; bene autem mori est libenter mori.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXI)

To live is not a blessing, but to live well.
  [Lat., Non vivere bonum est, sed bene vivere.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXX)

But life is a warfare.
  [Lat., Atqui vivere, militare est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XCVI)

If you live according to nature, you never will be poor; if according to the world's caprice, you will never be rich.
  [Lat., Si ad naturam vivas, nunquam eris pauper; si ad opinionem, numquam dives.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XVI)

It is a tedious thing to be always beginning life; they live badly who always begin to live.
  [Lat., Molestum est, semper vitam inchoare; male vivunt qui semper vivere incipiunt.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XXIII)

The hour which gives us life begins to take it away.
  [Lat., Prima quae vitam dedit hora, carpit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (VIII, 74)

A man's life's no more than to say, One!
      - William Shakespeare

And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,
  And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;
    And thereby hangs a tale.
      - William Shakespeare

Life is a shuttle.
      - William Shakespeare


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