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Quotations About / On: LIFE

  • 21.
    Nothing in life possesses value except the degree of power—assuming 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[71], 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 Unpublished note dating to Summer 1886Fall 1887, series on "European Nihilism," section 10 (June 10, 1887).)
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  • 22.
    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).)
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  • 23.
    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).)
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  • 24.
    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).)
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  • 25.
    But eternal liveliness is what counts: what does "eternal life" matter, or life at all?
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 533, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 408 (1879).)
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  • 26.
    All good things are strong inducements to life, even that good book written to attack life.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 386, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 16, "Good Things Seduce Us to Life," (1879).)
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  • 27.
    Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "The American Invasion," Court and Society Review (March 1887).)
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  • 28.
    One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Rose-Leaf and Apple-Leaf: Envoi.)
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  • 29.
    The life of a wise man is most of all extemporaneous, for he lives out of an eternity which includes all time.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 332, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 30.
    The astonishment of life, is, the absence of any appearance of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Montaigne; or, the Skeptic," Representative Men (1850).)
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