1) I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment. Ludwig Wittgenstein

2) Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life. Luigi Pirandello

3) Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indominatable urge to extend its boundaries. Only in proportion as we are desirous of living more do we really live. José Ortega y Gasset

4) This is what is sad when one contemplates human life, that so many live out their lives in quiet lostness . . . they live, as it were, away from themselves and vanish like shadows. Their immortal souls are blown away, and they are not disquieted by the question of its immortality, because they are already disintegrated before they die. Søren Kierkegaard

5) Life is an operation which is done in a forward direction. One lives toward the future, because to live consists inexorably in doing, in each individual life making itself. José Ortega y Gasset

6) Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

7) Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had? Henry James

8) Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler

9) Life is a horizontal fall. Jean Cocteau

10) Living is like working out a long addition sum, and if you make a mistake in the first two totals you will never find the right answer. It means involving oneself in a complicated chain of circumstances. Cesare Pavese

11) Life is what happens while you are making other plans. John Lennon

12) Life. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.Ambrose Bierce

13) Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony. Lou Reed

14) Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it. Christopher Morley

15) Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe. Alfred North Whitehead

16) Perhaps life is just that . . . a dream and a fear. Joseph Conrad

17) Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it. Indian Proverb

18) Life is a disease; and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. You are always at the crisis: I am always in the convalescent stage. George Bernard Shaw

19) The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and
dying. T. S. Eliot

20) Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

21) For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Bible: New Testament: James 4:14

22) Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!!! Paul Gauguin

23) Life is the farce which everyone has to perform. Arthur Rimbaud

24) Between two worlds life hovers like a star,
'Twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge. Lord Byron

25) All of life is a foreign country. Jack Kerouac

26) Life is like a B-movie. You don't want to leave in the middle of it but you don't want to see it again. Ted Turner

27) It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury;
Signifying nothing. William Shakespeare

28) Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler

29) Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humoured and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over. Oliver Goldsmith

30) Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. Virginia Woolf

31) Living, just by itself-what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting-or he'll come along and nibble your brain. Louis-Ferdinand Céline

32) The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. Bertrand Russell

33) You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Epictetus

34) The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal. Aleister Crowley

35) Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat . . . the redeeming things are not "happiness and pleasure" but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. F. Scott Fitzgerald

36) What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams. Pedro Calderón de la Barca

37) Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species. Friedrich Nietzsche

38) If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Hebrew Bible. Job 14:14

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