Quotations About / On:
It's not the men in my life, but the life in my men.
(Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor, Harland Thompson, screenwriter, and Wesley Ruggles. Tira (Mae West), in I'm No Angel (film), rephrasing a reporter's questions (1933).)
A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Technical Problem," preface, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911).)
Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Pharos and Pharillon, "The Poetry of C.P. Cavafy," in the Pharillon section (1923).)
There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 3 (1866).)
He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself.
(Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Suicide," The Second Sin (1973).)
Nothing is a matter of life and death except life and death.
(Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 4, Chatto & Windus (1991).)
Nothing in life possesses value except the degree of powerassuming that life itself is the will to power.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 12, p. 215, selection 5, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished note dating to Summer 1886Fall 1887, series on "European Nihilism," section 10 (June 10, 1887).)
The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble.
(Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "The Destructive Character," Frankfurter Zeitung (Nov. 20, 1931).)
In comedy, reconcilement with life comes at the point when to the tragic sense only an inalienable difference or dissension with life appears.
(Constance Rourke (1885-1941), U.S. author. American Humor, ch. 8 (1931).)
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
(Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist and social philosopher. Capital, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1867).)