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quotations about life



If I had my life to live over again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
- - - Tallulah Bankhead

If I had my whole life to live over again, I don't think I'd have the strength.
- - - Flip Wilson

If I had my life to live over again, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
- - - Nadine Stair

Life's a journey, not a destination.
- - - aerosmith "Amazing"

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.
- - - Richard Bach

The greatest pleasure in life is to do what people say you cannot do.
- - - Walter Bagehot

If I had my life to live over again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
- - - Tallulah Bankhead

Life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed by the desire of changing his bed. One would prefer to suffer near the fire, and another is certain he would get well if he were by the window.
- - - Charles Baudelaire

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
- - - Alan Bennett

In the midst of life we are in death. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection into eternal life . . . .
- - - Book of Common Prayer "The Burial of the Dead" (1662)

Life itself is a quotation.
- - - Jorge Luis Borges

The Internet is so big, so powerful and so pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
- - - Andrew Brown

You can't get out of life alive.
- - - Les Brown

Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.
- - - Thomas Browne

Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
- - - Pearl S. Buck

One life - a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.
- - - Thomas Carlyle

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- - - Winston Churchill

Life is nothing without friendship.
- - - Cicero

Life is a horizontal fall.
- - - Jean Cocteau

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
- - - Crowfoot (Blackfoot warrior and orator 1821-1890)

What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
- - - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.
- - - William Cowper

Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.
- - - Miguel de Unamuno

Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.
- - - Emily Dickinson

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
- - - Emily Dickinson "poem no. 1741"

There are many here among us
who think life is but a joke
but you and I, we've been through that;
this is not our fate.
Let us not speak falsely now, the hour's getting late.
- - - Bob Dylan "All Along the Watchtower"

My life is light, waiting for the death wind,
Like a feather on the back of my hand.
- - - T. S. Eliot

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
- - - George Elliot

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
- - - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is eating us up. We all shall be fables presently. Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence.
- - - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself.
- - - Erich Fromm "Man for Himself"

Life is a bitch, and then it has puppies.
- - - Adrienne E. Gusoff

Life is a bitch, and then you marry one.
- - - Unknown

Life is a jest, and all things show it;
I thought so once, and now I know it.
- - - John Gay (epitaph)

Life is the childhood of eternity.
- - - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
- - - Lewis Grizzard

Life is made up of marble and mud.
- - - Nathaniel Hawthorne

A bit beyond perception's reach
I sometimes believe I see
that Life is two locked boxes, each
containing the other's key.
- - - Piet Hein "Grooks"

Life is just one damn thing after another.
- - - Elbert Hubbard

To change your life;
-Start immediately
-Do it flamboyantly
-No exceptions
- - - William James

That man is never happy for the present is so true, that all his relief from unhappiness is only forgetting himself for a little while. Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
- - - Samuel Johnson

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.
- - - Danny Kaye

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- - - Helen Keller

Change is the law of life.
- - - John F. Kennedy

Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments.
- - - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.
- - - Soren Kierkegaard

My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue.
An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view.
- - - Carole King "Tapestry"

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
- - - Martin Luther King, Jr.

There comes a time when it lies within a man's grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, the times, lack of good fortune, or quirks of fate.
- - - Louis L'Amour

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.
- - - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

He who would make serious use of his life must always act as though he had a long time to live and must schedule his time as though he were about to die.
- - - Émile Littré

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
- - - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "A Psalm of Life"

Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
- - - Fran Lebowitz

Life is one long struggle in the dark.
- - - Lucretius

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.
- - - William Somerset Maugham

Life is simply a collection of memories, but memories are like star light... They live on Forever.
- - - C. W. McCall

It is not true that life is one damn thing after another. It is the same damn thing over and over.
- - - Edna St. Vincent Millay

I've looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all.
- - - Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now"

Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.
- - - Wilson Mizner

Life is aimless: a little love, a little hate, and then - good day!
Life is short: a little hope, a little dreaming, and then - goodnight!
- - - Leon Montenaeken

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
- - - Iris Murdoch

Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.
- - - Ogden Nash

Life is a cement trampoline.
- - - Howard Nordberg

Life is just one damned thing after another.
- - - Frank Ward O'Malley

Life is not one damn thing after another. It's the same damned thing over and over again.
- - - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
- - - Eugene O'Neill

The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
- - - Kakuzo Okakaura

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong,
And I am Marie of Roumania.
- - - Dorothy Parker "Comment"

All you touch and all you see,
Is all your life will ever be.
- - - Pink Floyd "Breathe"

Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
- - - Carl Sandburg

Life is a rollercoaster. Try to eat a light lunch.
- - - David A.Schmaltz

Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.
- - - Charles M. Schultz

Life is like an ice-cream cone. You have to lick it one day at a time.
- - - Charles M. Schultz (Charlie Brown)

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
- - - Seneca

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
- - - William Shakespeare "MacBeth"

Life does not cease to be funny when people die; any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
- - - 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, like a dome of many-colored glass,
Stains the white radiance of eternity.
- - - Percy Bysshe Shelley "Adonais"

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- - - Socrates

If I had my life to live over again, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
- - - Nadine Stair

Before the beginning of years
There came to the making of man
Time, with a gift of tears;
Grief, with a glass that ran;
Pleasure, with pain for leaven;
Summer, with flowers that fell;
Remembrance, fallen from heaven,
And madness risen from hell;
Strength without hands to smite;
Love that endures for a breath;
Night, the shadow of light,
And Life, the shadow of death.
- - - Algernon Charles Swinburne "Atalanta in Calydon" (1865)

Life's aspirations come in the guise of children.
- - - Rabindrinath Tagore

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings
And children's faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.
- - - Sara Teasdale

Life is a frail moth flying Caught in the web of the years that pass.
- - - Sara Teasdale

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose.
- - - Hsieh Tehyi

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
- - - Jean Toomer

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.
- - - Traditional Song

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
- - - Mark Twain

Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.
- - - Miguel de Unamuno

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
- - - Henry VanDyke

Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.
- - - Horace Walpole

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
- - - Alice Walker

Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.
- - - John Greenleaf Whittier

Of all the words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are, "It might have been,"
More sad are these we daily see
"It is, but it hadn't ought to be!"
- - - John Greenleaf Whittier "Maud Muller"

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- - - Elie Wiesel

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.
- - - Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Life is one fool thing after another where as love is two fool things after each other.
- - - Oscar Wilde

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- - - Oscar Wilde

The secret of life is in art.
- - - Oscar Wilde

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
- - - Frank Lloyd Wright

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