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Quotations About / On: LIFE

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Life and death have been lacking in my life.
    (Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Prologue, Discussion [DiscusiĆ³n] (1932).)
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  • 35.
    As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, LV (1887).)
  • 36.
    A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
    (John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).)
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  • 37.
    The pleasure of life is according to the man that lives it, and not according to the work or the place.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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