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People in the West are always getting ready to live.

People living deeply have no fear of death.

Perhaps it would be a good idea, fantastic as it sounds, to muffle every telephone, stop every motor and halt all activity for one hour some day to give people a chance to ponder for a few minutes on what it is all about, why they are living and what they really want.

Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.

Real life seems to have no plots.

Remember that life is neither pain nor pleasure; it is serious business, to be entered upon with courage and in a spirit of self-sacrifice.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.

St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night in a second-class hotel.

Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life.

Such as we are made of, such we be.

Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!

The aphorism "as a man thinketh in his heart so is he" contains the secret of life. See quote detail

The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing. The main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unforeseen attack.

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense.

The Book Of Life begins with a man and woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations.

The certainty that life cannot be long and the probability that it will be shorter than nature allows, ought to waken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform. It is true that no diligence can ensure success; death may intercept the swiftest career; but he who is cut off in the execution of an honest undertaking, has at least the honor of falling in his rank, and has fought the battle though he missed the victory.

The character of human life, like the character of the human condition, like the character of all life, is "ambiguity": the inseparable mixture of good and evil, the true and false, the creative and destructive forces - both individual and social.

The chief requirement of the good life... is to live without any image of oneself.

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.

The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.


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