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All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bad is never good until worse happens.
Danish Proverb

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit
Henry B. Adams

Content is a word unknown to life; it is also a word unknown to man.
Loren Eiseley /The Immense Journey /

Dear friend, all theory is gray,
And green the golden tree of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe /Faust /

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
John F. Kennedy

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

Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious.
Will Rogers

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.
Leo Buscaglia

Every instant of our lives is essentially irreplaceable: you must know this in order to concentrate on life.
Andre Gide

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
William Wallace

Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.
Carl Sagan

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.
Will Rogers

Everything that's really worthwhile in life comes to us.
Earl Nightingale

Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.
Russell Baker

He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.
B. F. Skinner

I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
Katharine Hepburn

I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.
Laurence Sterne

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.
Charles M. Schulz

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.
Lucille Ball

If it's not fun, you're not doing it right.
Bob Basso

If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished. We call that Life.
Anna Freud

If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Jim Rohn

If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.
T S Eliot

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
Abraham Maslow

If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
John Irving /A Prayer for Owen Meany/

In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.
Sid Caesar

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
Lao Tzu

In life it is difficult to say who do you the most mischief, enemies with the worst intentions, or friends with the best.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Winston Churchill

Into each life some rain must fall.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
J. K. Rowling

It is always the unreadable that occurs.
Oscar Wilde

It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.
John Irving /The Hotel New Hampshire/

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.
Victor Hugo

It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.
Samuel Butler

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.
Terry Pratchett

It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
Sophia Loren

it's never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events.
Tony Robbins

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
Leonardo da Vinci

Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom.
Terry Pratchett

Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.
Les Brown

Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.
Henry Valentine Miller

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it
Christopher Morley

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
William Butler Yeats

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde

Life is half spent before we know what it is.
George Herbert

Life is hard. After all, it kills you.
Katharine Hepburn

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
Samuel Butler

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

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Oscar Wilde

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.
Christopher Isherwood

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
Bertrand Russell

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.
Leonardo da Vinci

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
Samuel Butler

Life is too important to be taken seriously
Oscar Wilde

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
John Lennon

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
Leo Buscaglia

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
Jane Austen

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
Mark Twain

Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.
Wilson Mizner

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
Agnes de Mille

Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.
John Dewey

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it
Samuel Butler

Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed.
H. L. Mencken

No man is a failure who is enjoying life.
William Feather

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
Brendan Gill

On a still night, when the campfire is low and the Pleiades have climbed over rimrocks, sit quietly and listen ... and think hard of everything you have seen and tried to understand.
Aldo Leopold

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Vincent Van Gogh

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.
Lewis Carroll

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

Only a few things are really important.
Marie Dressler

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.
Don Marquis

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Henry Miller

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
William Hazlitt

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
Oscar Wilde

The main element crucial for the survival of life is also a demon in disguise, it will snatch your life away as quickly as you were given it.

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.
Andre Gide

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Joseph Campbell

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
Rainer Maria Rilke

The real question of life after death isn't whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
Groucho Marx

The solution of the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of this problem.
Ludwig Wittgenstein /Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus /

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
Robert Heinlein

The way up and the way down are one and the same.

There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
Rainer Maria Rilke

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
Oscar Wilde

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
Logan P. Smith

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
Henry David Thoreau

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Christopher Morley

They only live who dare.

To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.
Flannery O'Connor

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.
Mark Twain

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
Carl Sagan

We live in the world when we love it.
Rabindranath Tagore

We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.
Robert Louis Stevenson

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
Henry David Thoreau

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do.
George Bernard Shaw

When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.
Samuel Johnson

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
Leonardo da Vinci

Why do we go around acting as though everything was friendship and reliability when basically everything everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?
Anna Freud

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
George Bernard Shaw

You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
Albert Einstein

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
Mae West

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