Quotes About Life

The true facts of life, as it is.
«Religion, whatever it is, is a man's total reaction upon life. The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902» — William James

«An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.» — Gustave Flaubert

«For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.» — Ernest Hemingway

«Nothing is more comical than seriousness understood as a virtue that has to precede all important literature» — Julio Cortázar

«The writer must wade into life as into the sea, but only up to the navel.» — Gustave Flaubert

«I speak to the Black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition--about what we can endure, dream, fail at and survive.» — Maya Angelou

«...writing is not a performance but a generosity.» — Brenda Ueland

«Convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze: Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes.» — Jacques Barzun

«The world doesn't fully make sense until the writer has secured his version of it on the page. And the act of writing is strangely more lifelike than life.» — Betsy Lerner

«Good writers borrow, Great writers steal.» — T.S. Eliot

«No iron can pierce the human heart as chillingly as a full stop placed at the right time.» — Isaac Babel

«We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.» — Winston Churchill

«Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.» — Maurice Chevalier

«We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next.» — Pearl S. Buck

«One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.» — Virginia Woolf

«I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.» — Frederick Douglass

«A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back -- but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.» — Marian Wright Edelman

«Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.» — Paulo Freire

«My reputation grows with every failure.» — George Bernard Shaw

«Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude» — Arthur Schopenhauer

«A bright man of conviction and action is a beacon to his country, but a flash light to the scurrying of inaction, ego, and insecurity of lesser men.» — Daniel S. Green

«People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.» — Malcolm X

«It's your life-but only if you make it so.» — Eleanor Roosevelt

«A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.» — Nathaniel Hawthorne

«No other sucess can compensate for failure in the home.» — David O. McKay

«Small mistakes tend to lead to large ones. Ours is a lifetime appoinment, and all you have is your reputation. Once it's gone, it doesn't comeback.» — David Baldacci

«It is always man's ideas which drive his actions. This has, at times, resulted in great evil; but as we look around us, we cannot doubt that it has resulted in greater good.» — Steven Brust

«Life is not about what you can accumulate. I learned to live when I learned to give.» — Anne Beiler

«There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.» — Nelson Mandela

«Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave 'til it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.» — Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

«We meet no ordinary people in our lives.» — C.S. Lewis

«I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it.» — Shirley Conran

«You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.» — Santa Teresa de Jesús

«Remember to Breathe!» — Aaron Hoopes

«Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of: abide by it; it will counsel you best.» — Philip Dormer Stanhope

«I am dead man alive in love.» — Santosh Kalwar

«With common purpose comes, a mission and we should use it for far greater objectives, for human lives and to save our future generations.» — Santosh Kalwar

«Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. what a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.» — Henry David Thoreau

«It's really not a question of how long you have on this earth; it's about what you do with it.» — Jane Seymour

«It is not the absence of defensiveness that characterizes learning teams but the way defensiveness is faced» — Peter M. Senge

«Freedom is not having everything we crave, it's being able to go without the things we crave and being OK with it.» — Rob Bell

«The weakness of a soul is proportionate to the number of truths that must be kept from it.» — Eric Hoffer
«He peered up the ladder. In his young imagination, it must have reached the clouds.» — Bruce H. Wilkinson

«When people first discover beauty, they tend to linger. Even if they don’t at first recognize it for what it is.» — Sherwood Smith

«But there's always a first time for everything» — Melissa de la Cruz

«Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not.» — Arnold Beisser

«Love is precious. Treasure it and those who give it. Lavish it more on those who don't.» — Shalonda "Treasure" Williams

«Lighthouses are more helpful than churches» — Benjamin Franklin

«In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.» — Anne Frank

«Are You Living or Just Existing?" - The Family That Preys» — Tyler Perry

«The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.» — J.M. Barrie

«One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.» — Virginia Woolf

«He loved her because it was his nature to do so, but there were times when he could not endure her love for him. There were times when it became nothing but pure idiot mystery...» — Flannery O'Connor

«Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.» — François de La Rochefoucauld

«For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.» — Judy Garland

«Whenever did love have anything to do with deserving?» — Ann Herendeen

«Great indeed is our need to love» — Julia Hartwig

«She knew whose love she doubted. It wasn't her parents' and it wasn't her friends: It was her own.» — Ann Brashares

«Let me love you, but don't love me back. Do love me and let me hate you for a while. Let me feel like I have some control, because I know I never do.» — Ann Brashares

«The fate of your heart is your choice and no one else gets a vote» — Sarah Dessen

«Love is the synthesis of contemplation and action, the meeting-point between heaven and earth, between God and humanity.» — Carlo Carretto

«Love is not the limitation; love is the flying.» — William P. Young

«What can ever equal the memory of being young together?» — Michael Stein

«Love is mysterious and rad, like Steve Perry from Journey» — Diablo Cody

«You cannot control what you love--you watch it driving recklessly towards the broken bridge, the torn-up track, the horror of seventy years ahead.» — Graham Greene

«He lifts her breasts, which fit perfectly into his hands, though he knows this is no promise that he gets to keep them. A million things you can't have will fit in a human hand.» — Barbara Kingsolver

«I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peak at.» — william shekespear

«A clockwork heart can't replace the real thing.» — Dru Pagliassotti

«If you love something let it go.. if it comes back its yours» — James Patterson

«Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom.» — Erik Erikson

«I will ask no more of life than this: that I might love you through all my days, and that you may find both peace and joy in the constancy of my heart.» — Robert Sexton

«He had to seek out her eyes. They weren't focusing on him. They seemed to be preoccupied, and he wished he could reach up and grab them and train them on here and now. On him.» — Alice Sebold

«In this part of the story I am the one who dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you, because I love you, Love, in fire and in blood.» — Pablo Neruda

«The moment we decide to throw more energy into fighting for our mate than with him, the crack of a fist on the enemy's jaw splits the ears of angels.» — Beth Moore

«And I can fight only for something that I love, love only what I respect, and respect only what I at least know.» — Adolf Hitler

«You won't skid if you stay in a rut.» — Kin Hubbard

«Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.» — John Gardner

«... when you're cool for twenty, you get paid for twenty-one.» — Miguel Pinero

«He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.» — George Orwell

«If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to.» — Jim Henson

«The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep» — Alan Patrick Herbert

«Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.» — Alan Wilson Watts

«A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitement: "There are only the pursing, the busy, and the tired.» — F. Scott Fitzgerald

«In loving one another through our works we bring an increase of grace and a growth in divine love.» — Mother Teresa

«To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.» — Oscar Wilde

«Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes» — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

«Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost. -chapter 1, "Economy» — Henry David Thoreau

«Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death, that's all.» — William Goldman

«I assumed that everything would lead to complete failure, but I decided that didn't matter – that would be my life.» — Jasper Johns

«It is the very design of life to support other life and to grow greater by the support of other living things.» — Robert Marston Fanney

«God orders a man to do all he can to save his life.» — Alexandre Dumas

«The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse.» — Ian McEwan

«Memory can make a thing seem to have been much more than it was.» — Marilynne Robinson

«The sorrow of losing what we love is nothing to the torment of having it present but denied us.» — Martin Boyd

«Lena knew she had spent too much of her life in a state of passive dread, just waiter for something bad to happen. In a life like that, relief was as close as you got to happiness.» — Ann Brashares

«The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.» — Marcus Aurelius

«The answer to how to live is to stop thinking about it. And just to live. But you're doing that anyway. However you intellectualise it, you still just live» — Damien Hirst

«A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.» — Jim Bouton

«Evolution requires intermediate forms between species and palaeontology does not provide them.» — David Kitts

«The best way to know life is to love many things.» — Vincent Van Gogh

«For a day, just for one day, Talk about that which disturbs no one And bring some peace into your Beautiful eyes.» — شمس‌الدین محمّد حافظ / Shams e Din Mohammad Hafez

«The heart may freeze, or it can burn. The pain will ease and I can learn. There is no future, there is no past. I live this moment as, my last.» — Jonathan Larson

«Wanting him to come back before anyone notices part of the world has not moved since he left.» — Brian Andreas

«My life didn't please me, so I created my life.» — Coco Chanel

«To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.» — Reba McEntire

«If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-and ultimately, without a major resolution.» — Jasper Fforde

«It's not how you start out, it's where you end up.» — Dee Dee M. Scott

«Yet I pity the poor wretch, though he's my enemy. He's yoked to an evil delusion, but the same fate could be mine. I see clearly: we who live are all phantoms, fleeing shadows.» — Sophocles

«Poor creatures. What did we do to you? With all our schemes and plans?» — Kazuo Ishiguro

«You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.» — Goldie Hawn

«I’ve always found wildlife very calming-- except when animals are eating each other, of course.» — Tom Upton

«The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.» — Oscar Wilde

«I try to leave out the parts that people skip.» — Elmore Leonard

«The twentieth century has built up a powerful set of intellectual shortcuts and devices that help us defend ourselves against moments when clouds suddenly appear to think.» — Charles Baxter

«...set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing Magical Realism.» — Neil Gaiman

«Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.» — Natalie Goldberg

«Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.» — Harvey Pekar

«Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.» — Stephen King

«It ain't a crapshoot unless you write crap.» — Jonathan O'Brien

«A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.» — Stephen King

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