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Life Quotes

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual -- when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions -- it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. Isaac Bashevis Singer
The cost of a things is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Henry David Thoreau
Challenges are what make life interesting overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Joshua J. Marine
No matter what we have come through, or how many perils we have safely passed, or how many imperfect and jagged - in some places perhaps irreparably - our life has been, we cannot in our heart of hearts imagine how it could have been different. As we look back on it, it slips in behind us in orderly array, and, with all its mistakes, acquires a sort of eternal fitness, and even, at times, of poetic glamour. Randolph Silliman Bourne
If I had to live my life over again, I would have a different father, a different wife and a different religion. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual. Virginia Woolf, Diary, 17 February 1922
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard
The only questions worth asking today are whether humans are going to have any emotions tomorrow, and what the quality of life will be if the answer is no. Lester Bangs
Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment--this day--is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day--each moment of this day--a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity. Dan Custer
Only actions give life strength only moderation gives it a charm. Jean Paul Richter
The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another ...and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world. Leonard Bernstein
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. Henry Drummond
Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself. Henry Havelock Ellis
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. Joseph Addison
If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is thank you, that would suffice. Meister Eckhart
Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you -- gently, with love, and hand your life back to you. Tennessee Williams
It is not growing like a tree in bulk doth make man better be; Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere, A lily of a day is fairer in May Although it fall and die that night, It was the plant of flower and light, In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be. Benjamin Johnson
Success in life is measured, most easily, by the number of days that a person is truly happy. Eric Edmeades, Editor, Success Express Journal (circa 1996)
The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other going in opposite directions. George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty
I think wholeness comes from living your life consciously during the day and then exploring your inner life or unconscious at night. Margery Cuyler
( quotes are updated each month )