Quotations About / On: LIFE

  • 31.
    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).)
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  • 32.
    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).)
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  • 33.
    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).)
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  • 34.
    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).)
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  • 35.
    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).)
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  • 36.
    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.)
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  • 37.
    With renunciation life begins.
    (Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919), Anglo-American novelist. All the Days of My Life, ch. 9 (1913).)
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  • 38.
    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).)
  • 39.
    The suburbs: signs of life, but no proofs.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 40.
    Life's too short for chess.
    (Henry J. Byron (1834-1884), British dramatist. Talbot Champneys, in Our Boys, act 1.)
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