Life Quotes

Most popular life quotes

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

violin

Life is a bridge, build no house upon it; it is a river, cling not to its banks; it is a gymnasium, use it to develop the mind on the apparatus of circumstance; it is a journey, take it and walk on. - Gautama Buddha quote.
Life is a bridge, build no house upon it; it is a river, cling not to its banks; it is a gymnasium, use it to develop the mind on the apparatus of circumstance; it is a journey, take it and walk on.

how to live life

Life is a compromise between fate and free will. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
Life is a compromise between fate and free will.

free will

Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward. - Abraham Verghese quote.
Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward.
We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, 'here and now,' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank. - Jose Ortega y Gasset quote.
We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, 'here and now,' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.
The unexamined life isn't worth living. - Socrates quote.
The unexamined life isn't worth living.

philosophy

The most important things in life aren't things.

wisdom

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. - Søren Kierkegaard quote.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. - Samuel Butler quote.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

art of living

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

witty

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. - Robert Frost quote.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.
May you live all the days of your life. - Jonathan Swift quote.
May you live all the days of your life.

good wishes Goodness

Life is a long lesson in humility. - J. M. Barrie quote.
Life is a long lesson in humility.

humility

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. - George Santayana quote.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

death

There is no harbor of peace from the changing waves of joy and despair. - Euripides quote.
There is no harbor of peace from the changing waves of joy and despair.
There is no Wealth but Life. - John Ruskin quote.
There is no Wealth but Life.

wealth

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
Life is so short we must move very slowly.
— Thai proverb

proverbs mindfulness

Don't go backwards, you have already been there. - Ray Charles quote.
Don't go backwards, you have already been there.

witty

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. - Havelock Ellis quote.
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

art of living

A mature mind is one who understands the impossibility of knowing the ultimate, and with this understanding there is a new dimension: the dimension of being. - Osho Rajneesh quote.
A mature mind is one who understands the impossibility of knowing the ultimate, and with this understanding there is a new dimension: the dimension of being.

ultimate reality

Life is a constant challenge to know oneself. - Osho Rajneesh quote.
Life is a constant challenge to know oneself.
One should count each day a separate life. - Seneca quote.
One should count each day a separate life.
Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. - Erich Fromm quote.
Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.

creativity

It is not length of life, but depth of life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
The unexamined life is not worth living. - Plato quote.
The unexamined life is not worth living.

introspection

Man cannot change the direction of the wind, but he can adjust the sails.

adversity

The best things in life are free, but it costs alot to find that out.
Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments. - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy quote.
Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.
The best armor of old age is a well-spent life preceding it. - Charlie Munger quote.
The best armor of old age is a well-spent life preceding it.

aging

Life, in part, is like a poker game, wherein you have to learn to quit sometimes when holding a much-loved hand—you must learn to handle mistakes and new facts that change the odds. - Charlie Munger quote.
Life, in part, is like a poker game, wherein you have to learn to quit sometimes when holding a much-loved hand—you must learn to handle mistakes and new facts that change the odds.

change flexible thinking

Assume life will be really tough, and then ask if you can handle it. If the answer is yes, you've won. - Charlie Munger quote.
Assume life will be really tough, and then ask if you can handle it. If the answer is yes, you've won.

success

This earthly life is a battle. If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. It always has been so, and it always will be. The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and more thankful for your pleasures. - Laura Ingalls Wilder quote.
This earthly life is a battle. If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. It always has been so, and it always will be. The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and more thankful for your pleasures.
Life is priceless. - Pope Francis quote.
Life is priceless.
It's like in soccer: you have to deal with the penalties where they fall; you can't choose where they're going to land. Life is like that, and you have to deal with it even if you don't like it. - Pope Francis quote.
It's like in soccer: you have to deal with the penalties where they fall; you can't choose where they're going to land. Life is like that, and you have to deal with it even if you don't like it.
No sooner do we think we have assembled a comfortable life than we find a piece of ourselves that has no place to fit in. - Gail Sheehy quote.
No sooner do we think we have assembled a comfortable life than we find a piece of ourselves that has no place to fit in.
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. - Dr. Laurence J. Peter quote.
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself he becomes wise.

wisdom

Life begins as a quest of the child for the man and ends as a journey by the man to rediscover the child.

growing up childhood

A child becomes an adult when he realizes he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong. - Thomas Szasz quote.
A child becomes an adult when he realizes he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
If life were just, we would be born old and achieve youth about the time we'd saved enough to enjoy it.

youth age

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. - Arthur Ashe quote.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

generosity service charity

No man knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan, and raised an adolescent.

character

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. - Phillips Brooks quote.
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

character

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
— The Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939–1944

courage

In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard. - Theodore Roosevelt quote.
In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard.

hard work how to live life

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.

action

Life is always walking up to us and saying, "Come on in, the living's fine," and what do we do? Back off and take its picture. - Russell Baker quote.
Life is always walking up to us and saying, "Come on in, the living's fine," and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.

action

Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence. - Tennessee Williams quote.
Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.
Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.

interesting time

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. One must take it. The only choice is how. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. One must take it. The only choice is how.
You only live once. But if you work it right, once is enough. - Fred Allen quote.
You only live once. But if you work it right, once is enough.
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last. - Robert Louis Stevenson quote.
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

food

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. - Marcus Aurelius quote.
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Happiness lies in wait; it comes upon suddenly, like a midnight thief at a turn up in the street, or in the midst of a dream, because a ray of light, a strain of music, a face, or a gesture has overcome the despair of living. - Hector Bianciotti quote.
Happiness lies in wait; it comes upon suddenly, like a midnight thief at a turn up in the street, or in the midst of a dream, because a ray of light, a strain of music, a face, or a gesture has overcome the despair of living.

happiness

Life would not be life if a sorrow were sad, and a joy merry, from beginning to end.

joy sorrow

More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.

proverbs Spanish proverbs

Showing up is 80 percent of life. - Woody Allen quote.
Showing up is 80 percent of life.

success

The other planets may not be able to support life, but it isn't easy on this one either.
Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.

wealth

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
— Italian proverb

Italian proverbs history proverbs

I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren't random. - Steve Jobs quote.
I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren't random.
Life is available only in the present moment. - Thích Nhất Hạnh quote.
Life is available only in the present moment.

buddhist present moment

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. - Erich Fromm quote.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

positive

Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic. - Cesare Pavese quote.
Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.

pain love

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us. - Learned Hand quote.
Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.

decision-making

Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those changes that would make all the difference.
The most decisive actions of our life – I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future – are, more often than not, unconsidered. - André Gide quote.
The most decisive actions of our life – I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future – are, more often than not, unconsidered.

decision-making

Wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking. - Antonio Machado quote.
Wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. - John Lennon quote.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. - Arthur Miller quote.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

regret

Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always. - Rainer Maria Rilke quote.
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.
To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations. - Emily Dickinson quote.
To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner. - Tallulah Bankhead quote.
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner.

mistakes

Life doesn't do anything to you, it only reveals your spirit.

crisis

Life itself is the proper binge. - Julia Child quote.
Life itself is the proper binge.

food

There is only one genuine misfortune: not to be born. - Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis quote.
There is only one genuine misfortune: not to be born.

abortion

The more science learns what life is, the more reluctant Scientists are to define it.

biology

Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man. - Samuel Butler quote.
Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. - Arthur Schopenhauer quote.
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved. - D. H. Lawrence quote.
Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.
Life backs up life. Nobody loves creditors and dead men.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much. - William Hazlitt quote.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. - Charlie Chaplin quote.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

Comedy

What a fine comedy this world would be if one did not play a part in it. - Denis Diderot quote.
What a fine comedy this world would be if one did not play a part in it.
There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers. - Erich Fromm quote.
There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. - Menander of Athens quote.
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
— JOB 14:1-2

biblical

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. - Christopher Morley quote.
Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.
It does not at present look as though Nature had designed the universe primarily for life; the normal star and the normal nebula have nothing to do with life except making it impossible. Life is the end of a chain of by-products; it seems to be the accident, and torrential deluges of life-destroying radiation the essential. - James Jeans quote.
It does not at present look as though Nature had designed the universe primarily for life; the normal star and the normal nebula have nothing to do with life except making it impossible. Life is the end of a chain of by-products; it seems to be the accident, and torrential deluges of life-destroying radiation the essential.
Life is an incurable disease.
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. - J. M. Barrie quote.
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
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's a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. - William Shakespeare quote.
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's a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel. - Horace Walpole quote.
The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
Life is a sexually transmitted disease. - R. D. Laing quote.
Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

mankind

Most of the evils of life arise from man's being unable to sit still in a room. - Blaise Pascal quote.
Most of the evils of life arise from man's being unable to sit still in a room.
There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less an exception to the general rule.
Life is one long process of getting tired. - Samuel Butler quote.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. - Helen Keller quote.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

mankind

When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what? - Sydney Harris quote.
When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?
Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards. - Robert Orben quote.
Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.
Life is not for everyone.
The purpose of life is living. Men and women should get the most they can out of their lives. The smallest, the tiniest intellect may be quite as valuable to itself; it may have all the capacity for enjoyment that the wisest has. - Clarence Darrow quote.
The purpose of life is living. Men and women should get the most they can out of their lives. The smallest, the tiniest intellect may be quite as valuable to itself; it may have all the capacity for enjoyment that the wisest has.
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. - Charlotte Brontë quote.
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.
This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it. - William James quote.
This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.
Life is a disease; and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
Life is a disease; and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives.
When we are born, we cry that we are come. To this great stage of fools. - William Shakespeare quote.
When we are born, we cry that we are come. To this great stage of fools.
Life's a cigar': the wasting body glows;
The head turns white as Kosciusko's snows;
And, with the last soul-fragrance still in air,
The ashes slowly sink in soft repose.

cigars Cigar

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

nature

Life makes senses
and who could doubt it,
if we have
no doubt about it.

positive

Accomplishments are the ornaments of life. - Willa Cather quote.
Accomplishments are the ornaments of life.

accomplishment

Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers. - Learned Hand quote.
Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.

answers action

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

adventure

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

adventure

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity, and stumble from defeat to defeat. - Ryszard Kapuscinski quote.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity, and stumble from defeat to defeat.

adversity defeat stumble suffering

It is never too late—in fiction or in life—to revise.

losing our way change

In a wider sense, it can also be said that the first forty years of our life furnish the text, whereas the following thirty supply the commentary. - Arthur Schopenhauer quote.
In a wider sense, it can also be said that the first forty years of our life furnish the text, whereas the following thirty supply the commentary.

age 40

The last act is bloody, however delightful the rest of the play may be. - Blaise Pascal quote.
The last act is bloody, however delightful the rest of the play may be.

old age

Warped with satisfactions and terrors, woofed with too many ambiguities and too few certainties, life can be lived best not when we have the answers—because we will never have those—but when we know enough to live it right out to the edges, edges sometimes marked by other people, sometimes showing only our own footprints.

answers

In the Book of Life, the answers are not in the back. - Charles Shultz quote.
In the Book of Life, the answers are not in the back.

answers

We all run the risk of declining, if somebody does not rise to tell us that life is on the heights, and not in the cesspools. - George Sand quote.
We all run the risk of declining, if somebody does not rise to tell us that life is on the heights, and not in the cesspools.

aspiration leadership inspirational

Life has this in common with prizefighting: if you've received a belly blow, it's likely to be followed by a right to the jaw. - Carolyn Heilbrun quote.
Life has this in common with prizefighting: if you've received a belly blow, it's likely to be followed by a right to the jaw.
I can entertain the proposition that life is a metaphor for boxing—for one of those bouts that go on and on, round following round, jabs, missed punches, clinches, nothing determined, again the bell and again and you and your opponent so evenly matched it's impossible not to see your opponent is you. - Joyce Carol Oates quote.
I can entertain the proposition that life is a metaphor for boxing—for one of those bouts that go on and on, round following round, jabs, missed punches, clinches, nothing determined, again the bell and again and you and your opponent so evenly matched it's impossible not to see your opponent is you.
The tragedy of life is that people do not change. - Agatha Christie quote.
The tragedy of life is that people do not change.

tragedy change

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. - Henry Adams quote.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

habit chaos order

Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete character. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote.
Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete character.

character

Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest.  You never know what you're going to get.

chocolate

Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations. - Deborah Tannen quote.
Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations.
Deborah Tannen You Just Don’t Understand: Men and Women in Conversation

conversation

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no "brief candle" for me.  It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got 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 quote.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no "brief candle" for me.  It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

personal credos

To see life through the lens of death is to approach the condition of gratitude for the gift (or simply the fact) of our existence. - Billy Collins quote.
To see life through the lens of death is to approach the condition of gratitude for the gift (or simply the fact) of our existence.

death gratitude

Life—and I don't suppose I'm the first to make this comparison—is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal. - Neil Gaiman quote.
Life—and I don't suppose I'm the first to make this comparison—is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.
Life is like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

excellence

Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece. - Vladimir Nabokov quote.
Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.
I have learned that life is an adventure in forgiveness.  Nothing clutters the soul more than remorse, resentment, recrimination. - Norman Cousins quote.
I have learned that life is an adventure in forgiveness.  Nothing clutters the soul more than remorse, resentment, recrimination.
Norman Cousins Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit

forgiveness

We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one. - Samuel Butler quote.
We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one.

the human condition

I long ago come to the conclusion that all life is six to five against. - Damon Runyon quote.
I long ago come to the conclusion that all life is six to five against.
Night after night I went to sleep murmuring, "Tomorrow I will be easy, strong, quick, supple, accurate, dashing and self-controlled all at once!"  For not less than this is necessary in the Game of Life called golf.

golf

Life, that can shower you with so much splendor, is unremittingly cruel to those who have given up. - Stephen Fry quote.
Life, that can shower you with so much splendor, is unremittingly cruel to those who have given up.

hope

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. - James Allen quote.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

the human condition self-determination

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or to vice. - Lyman Abbott quote.
Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or to vice.

temptation vice & virtue

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well. - Diane Ackerman quote.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.
It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. - Diane Ackerman quote.
It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key. - Scott Adams quote.
On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.
Life is my college.  May I graduate well, and earn some honors! - Louisa May Alcott quote.
Life is my college.  May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. - Sholom Aleichem quote.
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you. - Fred Allen quote.
Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you.
There's a speech I had to cut out of [the 1979 film] Manhattan and plan to get into the next film, where my character says that the metaphor for life is a concentration camp. I do believe that. - Woody Allen quote.
There's a speech I had to cut out of [the 1979 film] Manhattan and plan to get into the next film, where my character says that the metaphor for life is a concentration camp. I do believe that.
Life is but a daily oscillation between revolt and submission. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel quote.
Life is but a daily oscillation between revolt and submission.
Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers. - Hans Christian Andersen quote.
Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers.
Life loves the liver of it. - Maya Angelou quote.
Life loves the liver of it.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and be told, "I am with you kid.  Let's go!" - Maya Angelou quote.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and be told, "I am with you kid.  Let's go!"
Maya Angelou And Still We Rise: Interviews with 50 Black Role Models
The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh.
Life is a toy made of glass; it appears to be of inestimable price, but in reality it is very cheap. - Pietro Aretino quote.
Life is a toy made of glass; it appears to be of inestimable price, but in reality it is very cheap.
Life is a theater in which the worst people often have the best seats.
Life is a journey, but don't worry, you'll find a parking spot at the end. - Isaac Asimov quote.
Life is a journey, but don't worry, you'll find a parking spot at the end.
Isaac Asimov Notes for a Memoir: On Isaac Asimov, Life, and Writing
Life is not a dress rehearsal.
I've learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
Life is a school of probability. - Walter Bagehot quote.
Life is a school of probability.
Life is like a great jazz riff.  You sense the end the very moment you were wanting it to go on forever.
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
As you get up in the morning, as you make decisions, as you spend money, make friends, make commitments, you are creating a piece of art called your life. - Mary Catherine Bateson quote.
As you get up in the morning, as you make decisions, as you spend money, make friends, make commitments, you are creating a piece of art called your life.
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 quote.
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.
All life is nothing but a brief reprieve from death. - Simone de Beauvoir quote.
All life is nothing but a brief reprieve from death.
Life, it's rather like opening a tin of sardines—we are all of us looking for the key. - Alan Bennett quote.
Life, it's rather like opening a tin of sardines—we are all of us looking for the key.
Life may be seen through many windows, none of them necessarily clear or opaque, less or more distorting than any of the others. - Isaiah Berlin quote.
Life may be seen through many windows, none of them necessarily clear or opaque, less or more distorting than any of the others.
For what is your life?  It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
— The Bible—James 4:14

biblical

Life, n.  A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay. - Ambrose Bierce quote.
Life, n.  A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.
Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on the stuff he's made of. - Josh Billings quote.
Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on the stuff he's made of.
If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? - Erma Bombeck quote.
If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?
Life is a succession of readjustments. - Elizabeth Bowen quote.
Life is a succession of readjustments.
Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse. - Joseph Brodsky quote.
Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.
Life is a game with many rules but no referee.  One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the Holy Book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose. - Joseph Brodsky quote.
Life is a game with many rules but no referee.  One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the Holy Book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.
Life is a copycat and can be bullied into following the master artist who bids it come to heel. - Heywood Campbell Broun quote.
Life is a copycat and can be bullied into following the master artist who bids it come to heel.
Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.
The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying. - Sir Thomas Browne quote.
The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.
Life is a death-defying experience.
I count life just a stuff
To try the soul's strength on. - Robert Browning quote.
I count life just a stuff
To try the soul's strength on.
Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. - Jimmy Buffett quote.
Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.
Life is heredity plus environment. - Luther Burbank quote.
Life is heredity plus environment.
A man's life may stagnate as literally as water may stagnate. - John Burroughs quote.
A man's life may stagnate as literally as water may stagnate.
Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.  Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases—though not often.
Life is funny.  Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield.
Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends. - Joseph Campbell quote.
Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. - Truman Capote quote.
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
Life is a near-death experience. - George Carlin quote.
Life is a near-death experience.
Life is like a beautiful flirt, whom we love and to whom, finally, we grant every condition she imposes as long as she doesn't leave us. - Giacomo Casanova quote.
Life is like a beautiful flirt, whom we love and to whom, finally, we grant every condition she imposes as long as she doesn't leave us.
Giacomo Casanova The Story of My Escape from the Prisons of the Republic of Venice Called the Leads
Life is a test and this world a place of trial. - Winston Churchill quote.
Life is a test and this world a place of trial.
Nature has granted the use of life like a loan, without fixing any day for repayment. - Cicero quote.
Nature has granted the use of life like a loan, without fixing any day for repayment.
Cicero Tusculan Disputations
Life is a horizontal fall. - Jean Cocteau quote.
Life is a horizontal fall.
Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learnt to walk. - Cyril Connolly quote.
Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learnt to walk.
Life is a do-it-yourself project.
Men deal with life as children with their play,
Who first misuse, then cast their toys away. - William Cowper quote.
Men deal with life as children with their play,
Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.
Variety's the very spice of life
That gives it all its flavor.

variety

Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing. - Quentin Crisp quote.
Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing.
Life is the funny thing that happens to you on the way to the grave. - Quentin Crisp quote.
Life is the funny thing that happens to you on the way to the grave.
If one considered life as a simple loan, one would perhaps be less exacting.  We possess actually nothing; everything goes through us. - Eugène Delacroix quote.
If one considered life as a simple loan, one would perhaps be less exacting.  We possess actually nothing; everything goes through us.
Once a relatively simple dirt road with forks where the traveler had a simple choice, life is now a crowded superhighway with bewildering cloverleaf exits on which, after a maize [sic] of turns, a man is libel [sic] to find himself speeding back in the direction he came. - Peter De Vries quote.
Once a relatively simple dirt road with forks where the traveler had a simple choice, life is now a crowded superhighway with bewildering cloverleaf exits on which, after a maize [sic] of turns, a man is libel [sic] to find himself speeding back in the direction he came.
Life is a zoo in a jungle. - Peter De Vries quote.
Life is a zoo in a jungle.

zoo

Surgeons must be very careful
When they take the knife!
Underneath their fine incisions
Stirs the Culprit—Life! - Emily Dickinson quote.
Surgeons must be very careful
When they take the knife!
Underneath their fine incisions
Stirs the Culprit—Life!
When I consider Life, 'tis all a cheat;
Yet, fool'd with hope, men favor the deceit. - John Dryden quote.
When I consider Life, 'tis all a cheat;
Yet, fool'd with hope, men favor the deceit.
Life Is a Journey.  No maps
But now with apps
Certain straps and caps
Plenty of flaps, gaps,
Wraps, yaps, zaps,
Saps, traps and overlaps
Maybe a few bad raps
At the extremes, naps
At the end, taps.
Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein quote.
Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.
The man who regards life...as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life. - Albert Einstein quote.
The man who regards life...as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.
Life is our dictionary. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Life is our dictionary.
Do not be too timid & squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Do not be too timid & squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.
Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

thinking

Life is a search after power: and this is an element with which the world is so saturated—there is no chink or crevice in which it is not lodged—that no honest seeking goes unrewarded. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Life is a search after power: and this is an element with which the world is so saturated—there is no chink or crevice in which it is not lodged—that no honest seeking goes unrewarded.
For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down? - Erasmus quote.
For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?
It will make far less impression on the mind if you say "Fleeting and brief is the life of man" than if you quote the proverb "Man is but a bubble." - Erasmus quote.
It will make far less impression on the mind if you say "Fleeting and brief is the life of man" than if you quote the proverb "Man is but a bubble."
For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. - Clifton Fadiman quote.
For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
On the keyboard of life, the backspace and delete keys are missing.
What is life but one long risk? - Dorothy Canfield Fisher quote.
What is life but one long risk?

risk-taking

Life is like a library owned by an author.  In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him. - Harry Emerson Fosdick quote.
Life is like a library owned by an author.  In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
Dost thou love Life?  Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

time

Someone said that "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." - John W. Gardner quote.
Someone said that "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
Life is a jest; and all things show it.
I thought so once; but now I know it. - John Gay quote.
Life is a jest; and all things show it.
I thought so once; but now I know it.
Life without Love is like a tree without blossom and fruit. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
Life without Love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.

love

Life is a verb, not a noun. - Charlotte Perkins Gilman quote.
Life is a verb, not a noun.
Consider a man riding a bicycle.  Whoever he is, we can say three things about him.  We know he got on the bicycle and started to move.  We know that at some point he will stop and get off.  Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it.  That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. - William Golding quote.
Consider a man riding a bicycle.  Whoever he is, we can say three things about him.  We know he got on the bicycle and started to move.  We know that at some point he will stop and get off.  Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it.  That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things.
Life is like farming.  You have to prepare the land, you have to have the right seeds, continue to water, and you have to work very, very hard to make sure that everything is right and correct.
Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does—that's what makes it so boring.
It happens in life, as in grammar, that the exceptions outnumber the rules.
It is the law of life that if you are kind to someone you feel happy.  If you are cruel you are unhappy.  And if you hurt someone, you will be hurt back.
Just remember this one thing: Life is like a dog-sled team.  If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunities.
Life has got a habit of not standing hitched.  You got to ride it like you find it.  You got to change with it.  If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow. - Woody Guthrie quote.
Life has got a habit of not standing hitched.  You got to ride it like you find it.  You got to change with it.  If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.
Life is made up of marble and mud. - Nathaniel Hawthorne quote.
Life is made up of marble and mud.
A bit beyond perception's reach
I sometimes believe I see
that life is two locked boxes
each containing the other's key.

interesting

Life is a disease, the whole world a hospital, and Death is our physician. - Heinrich Heine quote.
Life is a disease, the whole world a hospital, and Death is our physician.
Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. - O. Henry quote.
Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quote.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Life is not to be bought with heaps of gold. - Homer quote.
Life is not to be bought with heaps of gold.
As leaves on the trees, such is the life of man. - Homer quote.
As leaves on the trees, such is the life of man.
Fortunately, analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts.  Life itself remains a very effective therapist. - Karen Horney quote.
Fortunately, analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts.  Life itself remains a very effective therapist.
Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding. - Samuel Johnson quote.
Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding.
I compare human life to a large mansion of many apartments, two of which I can only describe, the doors of the rest being as yet shut upon me. - John Keats quote.
I compare human life to a large mansion of many apartments, two of which I can only describe, the doors of the rest being as yet shut upon me.
All of life is a foreign country. - Jack Kerouac quote.
All of life is a foreign country.
There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked out the sum for themselves. - Søren Kierkegaard quote.
There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked out the sum for themselves.
Philosophy is perfectly right in saying that life must be understood backward.  But then one forgets the other clause—that it must be lived forward. - Søren Kierkegaard quote.
Philosophy is perfectly right in saying that life must be understood backward.  But then one forgets the other clause—that it must be lived forward.
All man's life among men is nothing more than a battle for the ears of others. - Milan Kundera quote.
All man's life among men is nothing more than a battle for the ears of others.
Life is like a recycling center, where all the concerns and dramas of humankind get recycled back and forth across the universe. - Anne Lamott quote.
Life is like a recycling center, where all the concerns and dramas of humankind get recycled back and forth across the universe.
Anne Lamott Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Life is like a sewer.  What you get out of it depends on what you put in. - Tom Lehrer quote.
Life is like a sewer.  What you get out of it depends on what you put in.
Tom Lehrer An Evening (Wasted) with Tom Lehrer
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. - Marcus Aurelius quote.
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.

art of living

Someone said that life is a party.  You join after it's started and you leave before it's finished. - Elsa Maxwell quote.
Someone said that life is a party.  You join after it's started and you leave before it's finished.
The circumference of life cannot be rightly drawn until the center is set. - Benjamin Mays quote.
The circumference of life cannot be rightly drawn until the center is set.
Benjamin Mays Heart Full of Grace: A Thousand Years of Black Wisdom
To live without loving is not really to live. - Molière quote.
To live without loving is not really to live.

love

Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it.
Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for the training of a mere beginner. - Lewis Mumford quote.
Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for the training of a mere beginner.

preparation

Life is like a game of cards.  The hand that is dealt you represents determinism.  The way you play it is free will. - Jawaharlal Nehru quote.
Life is like a game of cards.  The hand that is dealt you represents determinism.  The way you play it is free will.
Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it. - Reinhold Niebuhr quote.
Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP - Leonard Nimoy quote.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.  Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.  This is a kind of death. - Anaïs Nin quote.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.  Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.  This is a kind of death.
Anaïs Nin D. H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study
But somehow one never had time to stop and savor the taste of life as the stream of it flowed by. - Kathleen Noriss quote.
But somehow one never had time to stop and savor the taste of life as the stream of it flowed by.
Life is a petty thing unless there is pounding within it an enormous desire to extend its boundaries. - Jose Ortega y Gasset quote.
Life is a petty thing unless there is pounding within it an enormous desire to extend its boundaries.
Life is the greatest art of all, and the master-artist is the man who is living the beautiful life.

art of living

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise. - George Orwell quote.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

suffering

Life is like a mirror.  The people you see reflect back to you the way you present yourself.
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. - Cesare Pavese quote.
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.

mistakes

You can get all A's and still flunk life. - Walker Percy quote.
You can get all A's and still flunk life.
Life is not an organization chart.  Life is more like a spider's web.  Things happen in strange ways. - H. Ross Perot quote.
Life is not an organization chart.  Life is more like a spider's web.  Things happen in strange ways.
Life is the game that must be played. - Edwin Arlington Robinson quote.
Life is the game that must be played.
Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like the bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool. - Gioachino Rossini quote.
Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like the bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool.
Gioachino Rossini The Times Opera Notes: An Accessible Yet Scholarly Guide to Over 90 Major Operas

opera

The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible forces, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. - Bertrand Russell quote.
The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible forces, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long.
The May of life blooms once, and not again. - Friedrich Schiller quote.
The May of life blooms once, and not again.
Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears that we never use. - Charles Shultz quote.
Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears that we never use.

potential

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. - William Shakespeare quote.
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
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.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were, perhaps, to win it without honor. - Samuel Smiles quote.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were, perhaps, to win it without honor.

struggle

All life is a struggle.  Amongst workmen, competition is a struggle to advance towards higher wages.  Amongst masters, to make the highest profits.  Amongst writers, preacers, and politicians, it is a struggle to succeed—to gain glory, reputation, or income. - Samuel Smiles quote.
All life is a struggle.  Amongst workmen, competition is a struggle to advance towards higher wages.  Amongst masters, to make the highest profits.  Amongst writers, preacers, and politicians, it is a struggle to succeed—to gain glory, reputation, or income.

struggle

Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations. - Herbert Spencer quote.
Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.
Life, at any moment and in any view, is as dangerous as a sinking ship; and yet it is man's handsome fashion to carry umbrellas, to wear india-rubber overshoes, to begin vast works, and to conduct himself in every way as if he might hope to be eternal. - Robert Louis Stevenson quote.
Life, at any moment and in any view, is as dangerous as a sinking ship; and yet it is man's handsome fashion to carry umbrellas, to wear india-rubber overshoes, to begin vast works, and to conduct himself in every way as if he might hope to be eternal.
Life is a frail moth flying
Caught in the web of the years that pass. - Sara Teasdale quote.
Life is a frail moth flying
Caught in the web of the years that pass.
Life is the dancer and you are the dance. - Eckhart Tolle quote.
Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
Eckhart Tolle A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. - Jean Toomer quote.
We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
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 quote.
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.
Life does not consist mainly—or even largely—of facts and happenings.  It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head. - Mark Twain quote.
Life does not consist mainly—or even largely—of facts and happenings.  It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head.

thinking

Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by vague memories of having read the reviews. - John Updike quote.
Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by vague memories of having read the reviews.
Life is a series of problems.  Every time you solve one, another is waiting to take its place. - Rick Warren quote.
Life is a series of problems.  Every time you solve one, another is waiting to take its place.

problem-solving problems

Life is a poem written on a blank page
Life is a poem that reflects each stage
Life is a poem that changes with age
Sometimes it feels like the words of a sage
Sometimes it reflects frustration or rage
Sometimes I wish I had a new page.
Chip Webster A Passion for Life: Reflections From the Journey
Life is the only real counselor.
Life is always either a tight-rope or a featherbed.  Give me the featherbed. - Edith Wharton quote.
Life is always either a tight-rope or a featherbed.  Give me the featherbed.
Edith Wharton A Feast of Words: The Triumph of Edith Wharton
One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then all life comes crowding into one single hour. - Oscar Wilde quote.
One can live for years sometimes without living at all, and then all life comes crowding into one single hour.
Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?—every, every minute? - Thornton Wilder quote.
Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?—every, every minute?

present moment

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 quote.
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.
Life is a rainbow which also includes black. - Yevgeny Yevtushenko quote.
Life is a rainbow which also includes black.
Life was to me like a horse to whose motions one yields, but only after having trained the animal to the utmost. - Marguerite Yourcenar quote.
Life was to me like a horse to whose motions one yields, but only after having trained the animal to the utmost.
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle you are equipped with the basic means of salvation. - Tennessee Williams quote.
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.

purpose of life struggle

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live. - Jean-Paul Sartre quote.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

how to live life

In the end, everything is a gag. - Charlie Chaplin quote.
In the end, everything is a gag.
Life is half delicious yogurt, half crap, and your job is to keep the plastic spoon in the yogurt. - Scott Adams quote.
Life is half delicious yogurt, half crap, and your job is to keep the plastic spoon in the yogurt.

funny

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. - Voltaire quote.
Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

attitude positive

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. - John W. Gardner quote.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Life is an adventure in forgiveness. - Norman Cousins quote.
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

forgiveness

Any idiot can face a crisis—it's day to day living that wears you out. - Anton Chekhov quote.
Any idiot can face a crisis—it's day to day living that wears you out.
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

purpose of life

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
I love life because what more is there.
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. - Josh Billings quote.
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry quote.
Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.
Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be. - Jose Ortega y Gasset quote.
Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it. - Dave Barry quote.
Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.
Life is half spent before we know what it is. - George Herbert quote.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.
Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.
Life is never easy for those who dream.
Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor. - Ogden Nash quote.
Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.

funny

Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep. - Fran Lebowitz quote.
Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.

funny

Life is wasted on the living. - Douglas Adams quote.
Life is wasted on the living.
Life well spent is long. - Leonardo da Vinci quote.
Life well spent is long.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. - Socrates quote.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death. - Edward Forster quote.
The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson quote.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. - Erma Bombeck quote.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. - Mark Twain quote.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
Your life is what your thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius quote.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.

proverbs pessimistic Indian proverbs

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.

proverbs listening Indian proverbs

If we don't know life, how can we know death? - Confucius quote.
If we don't know life, how can we know death?
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. - Confucius quote.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. - Jawaharlal Nehru quote.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

free will fate

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it. - Rabindranath Tagore quote.
Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
There are many people who arrive at answers in life just like schoolboys; they cheat their teacher by copying the answer out of the arithmetic book without having worked the problem out themselves. - Søren Kierkegaard quote.
There are many people who arrive at answers in life just like schoolboys; they cheat their teacher by copying the answer out of the arithmetic book without having worked the problem out themselves.

purpose of life

One of life's machinations is to make some people both rich and unhappy, that is, jointly fragile and deprived of hope. - Nassim Nicholas Taleb quote.
One of life's machinations is to make some people both rich and unhappy, that is, jointly fragile and deprived of hope.
A heuristic on whether you have control of your life: can you take naps? - Nassim Nicholas Taleb quote.
A heuristic on whether you have control of your life: can you take naps?

success

Life is messy; only death is neat.
Under precise, scientifically controlled conditions, life does as it damned well pleases.
Life offers everyone truth and comfort. Choose carefully. You rarely can have both.

truth

The young man loves women; the mature man loves enterprise, the old man loves memories.

age

Life is an unfolding of the unexpected.
Life is what's happening while you're worrying.
Life is a flow of unexpected moments.