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I bear a charmed life, which must not yield
  To one of woman born.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at V, viii)

Reason thus with life:
  If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing
    That none but fools would keep; a breath thou art,
      Servile to all the skyey influences
        That does this habitation where thou keep'st
          Hourly afflict; merely, thou art death's fool,
            For him thou labor'st by thy flight to shun,
              And yet run'st toward him still.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at III, i)

Her father loved me, oft invited me;
  Still questioned me the story of my life
    From year to year--the battles, sieges, fortunes
      That I have passed.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at I, iii)

It is silliness to live when to live is torment; and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Roderigo at I, iii)

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale,
  Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man,
    And bitter shame hath spoiled the sweet world's taste,
      That it yields nought but shame and bitterness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Lewis at III, iv)

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Lewis at III, iv)

Let life be short; else shame will be too long.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Bourbon at IV, v)

I will tell you: he beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of a man, Master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's beam, because I know also life is a shuttle.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at V, i)

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Life is a disease; and the only difference between one another is the stage of the disease at which he lives.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Life was driving at brains--at its darling object: an organ by which it can attain not only self-consciousness but self-understanding.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
         (act III)

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Parents and Children

Love is the salt of life.
      - John Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, Duke of Buckingham and Normanby

I have survived.
  [Fr., J'ai vecu.]
      - Count Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes,
        after the Reign of Terror, when asked what he had done.

The day is short, the work is much.
      - a saying of Ben Sira (Syra),
        from the Hebrew

If we were to live here always, with no other care than how to feed, clothe, and house ourselves, life would be a very sorry business. It is immeasurably heightened by the solemnity of death.
      - Alexander Smith

Yet through all, we know this tangled skein is in the hands of One who sees the end from the beginning; He shall yet unravel all.
      - Alexander Smith

We have two lives;
  The soul of man is like the rolling world,
    One half in day, the other dipt in night;
      The one has music and the flying cloud,
        The other, silence and the wakeful stars.
      - Alexander Smith, Horton (l. 76)

Yes, this is life; and everywhere we meet,
  Not victor crowns, but wailings of defeat.
      - Elizabeth Oakes Smith (nee Prince),
        Sonnet--The Unattained

Man lives only to shiver and perspire.
      - Sydney Smith

We talk of human life as a journey, but how variously is that journey performed! There are those who come forth girt, and shod, and mantled, to walk on velvet lawns and smooth terraces, where every gale is arrested and every beam is tempered. There are others who walk on the alpine paths of life, against driving misery, and through stormy sorrows over sharp afflictions; walk with bare feet and naked breast, jaded, mangled, and chilled.
      - Sydney Smith

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
      - Socrates

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