Quotations About / On:
We make needless ado about capital punishment,taking lives, when there is no life to take.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 435, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I have lifted the veil. I have created life, wrested the secret of life from life. Now do you understand? From the lives of those who have gone before, I have created life.
(Edward T. Lowe, and Frank Strayer. Dr. von Niemann (Lionel Atwill), The Vampire Bat, near the end, when his secret has been discovered (1933).)
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
(Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), U.S. poet. repr. In "Return from the Excursion," Riders on Earth (1978). "Heaven and Earth and the Cage of Form," Rockefeller University Forum (January-February 1968).)
Old age is the verdict of life.
(Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919), U.S. author; born in Scotland. All the Days of My Life, ch. 26 (1913).)
Human life is beyond comprehension.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi, pt. I (1952).)
A life is more valuable than a penis.
(Lisa Kemler, U.S. attorney. Newsweek, p. 19 (January 24, 1994).
Lorena Bobbitt's attorney, arguing for her client who severed her husband's penis, which was later reattached.)
With renunciation life begins.
(Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919), Anglo-American novelist. All the Days of My Life, ch. 9 (1913).)
Ideas too are a life and a world.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
The suburbs: signs of life, but no proofs.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
Life's too short for chess.
(Henry J. Byron (1834-1884), British dramatist. Talbot Champneys, in Our Boys, act 1.)