Quotes: Life, Living

(a fashion show between our naked arrival into the world and our dressed departure)


Once you make your mark in life, watch out for the erasers.


If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms life offers you.

—T. S. Eliot

Life is what you do while you’re waiting to die.

—Donald Trump. Heard on CNN, Sunday, March 21, 2004,
during an interview with Wolf Blitzer.

The best condition in life is to be not so rich as to be envied nor so poor as to be damned.

—Josh Billings

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

—Soren Kierkegaard

Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.


We are here to add what we can to, not what we can get from, life.

—Sir William Osler

Life is like a library owned by the author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.

—Harry Emerson Fosdick

The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and the other begins?

—Edgar Alan Poe

It's a very short trip. While alive, live.

—Malcolm Forbes

How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives.

—Annie Dillard

The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a beer bottle, they're on TV.

—Homer Simpson

One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying "yes" too quickly and not saying "no" soon enough.

—Josh Billings

Life is a magic vase filled to the brim, so made that you cannot dip from it nor draw from it; but it overflows into the hand that drops treasures into it. Drop in malice and it overflows hate; drop in charity and it overflows love.

—John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)

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