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The end of life is to be like unto God; and the soul following God, will be like unto Him; He being the beginning, middle, and end of all things.
      - Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
      - Socrates

My notions about life are much the same as they are about travelling; there is a good deal of amusement on the road, but, after all, one wants to be at rest.
      - Robert Southey

"Life is not lost," said she, "for which is bought
  Endlesse renowne."
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. III, canto IX, st. 19)

To make good use of life, one should have in youth the experience of advanced years, and in old age the vigor of youth.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
      - Wallace Stevens

Away with funeral music--set
  The pipe to powerful lips--
    The cup of life's for him that drinks
      And not for him that sips.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, at Boulogne

Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson

To be honest, to be kind--to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered, to keep a few friends but these without capitulation--above all, on the same grim condition to keep friends with himself--here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, Christmas Sermon

Life is a gamble at terrible odds, if it were a bet, you would not take it.
      - Tom Stoppard

If we put together all that we have learned from anthropology and ethnology about primitive men and primitive society, we perceive that the first task in life is to live. Men begin with acts, not with thoughts.
      - William Graham Sumner, Folkways (sec. I)

Man is an organ of life, and God alone is life.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg),
        The Christian Religion (par. 504)

There is nothing at all in life except what we put there.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

It matters not how long you live, but how well.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

O life! long to the wretched, short to the happy.
  [Lat., O vita, misero longa! felici brevis.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Think boldly. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Don't miss small details, keep your eyes open and be modest in everything except your aims.
      - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Albert Szent-Gyorgyi von Nagyrapolt)

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gardener (45)

. . . The wise man warns me that life is but a dewdrop on the lotus leaf.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gardener (46)

So his life has flowed
  From its mysterious urn a sacred stream,
    In whose calm depth the beautiful and pure
      Alone are mirrored; which, though shapes of ill
        May hover round its surface, glides in light,
          And takes no shadow from them.
      - Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (Talford), Ion
         (act I, sc. 1, l. 138)

Whoever did not live in the years neighboring 1789 does not know what the pleasure of living means.
  [Fr., Qui n'a pas vecu dans les annees voisines de 1789 ne sait pas ce que c'est le palisir de vivre.]
      - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord,
        said to Guizot, in Guizot's "Memoirs pour Servir a l'histoire de nour Temps", vol. I, p. 6

For life lives only in success.
      - Bayard Taylor, Amran's Wooing (st. 5)

Our life is scarce the twinkle of a star
  In God's eternal day.
      - Bayard Taylor, Autumnal Vespers

The white flower of a blameless life.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Dedication to Idylls of the King

Life is not as idle ore,
  But iron dug from central gloom,
    And heated hot with burning fears,
      And dipt in baths of hissing tears,
        And batter'd with the shocks of doom,
          To shape and use.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (pt. CXVIII, st. 5)

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