History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity. Cicero
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. Brendan Gill
If I can stop one Heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one Life the Aching, or cool one Pain, Or help one fainting Robin into his Nest again, I shall not live in Vain. Emily Dickinson
Please choose the way of peace. ... In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause. Mother Teresa, -- Letter to U.S. President George Bush and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, January 1991.
Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche
While the fates permit, live happily life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned. Seneca
The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing -- where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do. Phillips Brooks
Sometimes I would rather that people take away years from my life Than take away a moment. Pearl Bailey
Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets. Nido Qubein
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. Henry Miller
I never saw an ugly thing in my life for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. John Constable
If life were measured by accomplishments, most of us would die in infancy. A. P. Gouthey
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. Harry Emerson Fosdick
I only regret that I have one life to lose for my country. Nathan Hale
I should wish to see a world in which education aimed at mental freedom rather than imprisoning the minds of the young in a rigid armor of dogma calculated to protect them though life against the shafts of impartial evidence. Bertrand Russell, "Why I am Not a Christian"
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure. Ernest Hemingway
The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible And indescribably as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, A segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. Henry David Thoreau
Just like the falling rainbow Just like the stars in the sky Life should never feel small. Vearncombe, Black, "Paradise"
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes
The capacity to care is what gives life its most deepest significance. Pablo Casals
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