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Yet I know that I dwell in the midst of the roar of the Cosmic Wheel
  In the hold collision of Forces, and the clangor of boundless Strife,
    Mid the sound of the speed of worlds, the rushing worlds, and the peal
      Of the thunder of Life.
      - Sir William Watson (2),
        Dawn on the Headland

God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.
      - Bill Watterson,
        from "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip

Our life contains a thousand springs,
  And dies if one be gone.
    Strange! that a harp of thousand strings
      Should keep in tune so long.
      - Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
         (bk. II, hymn XIX)

It's just life Quincy . . . wake up, smell the thorns.
      - Jake Weber,
        as the character Drew in the movie "Meet Joe Black"

I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
      - Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings

Lo! on a narrow neck of land,
  'Twixt two unbounded seas, I stand.
    Secure, insensible.
      - Charles Wesley (1), Hymn

I desire to have both heaven and hell ever in my eye, while I stand on this isthmus of life, between two boundless oceans.
      - John Wesley, Letter to Charles Wesley

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
      - Rebecca West (pseudonym of Mrs. Cicely Fairfield Andrews)

Life is the enjoyment of emotion, derived from the past and aimed at the future.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

Long and long has the grass been growing,
  Long and long has the rain been falling,
    Long has the globe been rolling round.
      - Walt Whitman, Exposition (I)

I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him or her who shall be complete,
  The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken.
      - Walt Whitman, Song of the Rolling Earth

Our lives are albums written through
  With good or ill, with false or true;
    And as the blessed angels turn
      The pages of our years,
        God grant they read the good with smiles,
          And blot the ill with tears!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        Written in a Lady's Album

The days grow shorter, the nights grow longer,
  The headstones thicken along the way;
    And life grows sadder, but love grows stronger
      For those who walk with us day by day.
      - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Interlude

Our lives are songs; God writes the words
  And we set them to music at pleasure;
    And the song grows glad, or sweet or sad,
      As we choose to fashion the measure.
      - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Our Lives (st. 102),
        claimed for Rev. Thomas Gibbons in his 1700's book, see "Notes and Queries", Apr. 1, 1905

Life is far too important to be taken seriously.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Ah! somehow life is bigger after all
  Than any painted angel could we see
    The God that is within us!
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Humanitad (st. 60)

The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Woman of No Importance (act I)

Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?--every, every minute?
      - Thornton Niven Wilder, Our Town

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
      - Tennessee Williams

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
      - Tennessee Williams

There are always and only two trains running. There is life and there is death. Each of us rides them both. To live life with dignity, to celebrate and accept responsibility for your presence in the world is all that can be asked of anyone.
      - August Wilson

Life, unexplored, is hope's perpetual blaze--
  When past, one long, involved, and darksome maze:
    But, that some mighty power controls the whole,
      A secret intuition tells the soul.
      - William Winter

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
      - Ludwig Wittgenstein

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