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The truest view of life has always seemed to me to be that which shows that we are here not to enjoy, but to learn.

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.

The way you answer life's events, and what you experience as your life, are really one. See quote detail

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues.

The white flower of a blameless life.

The whole of what we know is a system of compensations. Each suffering is rewarded; each sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid.

The world is full of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.

There appears to exist a greater desire to live long than to live well! Measure by man's desires, he cannot live long enough; measure by his good deeds, and he has not lived long enough; measure by his evil deeds, and he has lived too long.

There are days when it takes all you've got just to keep up with the losers.

There are two lives to each of us, the life of our actions, and the life of our minds and hearts. - History reveals men's deeds and their outward characters, but not themselves. - There is a secret self that has its own life, unpenetrated and unguessed.

There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.

There can be no peace of mind in love, since the advantage one has secured is never anything by a fresh starting-point for further desires.

There is no better exercise for strengthening the heart than reaching down and lifting up another.

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.

There is no wealth but life.

There is not one life which the Life-giver ever loses out of His sight; not one which sins so that He casts it away; not one which is not so near to Him that whatever touches it touches Him with sorrow or with joy.

There is nothing in life so irrational, that good sense and chance may not set it to rights; nothing so rational, that folly and chance may not utterly confound it.

There is nothing which must end, to be valued for its continuance. If hours, days, months, and years pass away, it is no matter what hour, day, month, or year we die. The applause of a good actor is due to him at whatever scene of the play he makes his exit. It is thus in the life of a man of sense; a short life is sufficient to manifest himself a man of honor and virtue; when he ceases to be such, he has lived too long, and while he is such, it is of no consequence to him how long he shall be so, provided he is so to his life's end.

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.


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