Quotes about Life

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination. Christopher Isherwood

To live is like to love – all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct is for it. Samuel Butler

Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learned to walk. Cyril Connolly

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler

We think in generalities, but we live in detail. Alfred North Whitehead

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. Josh Billings

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule. Samuel Butler

Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved. D H Lawrence

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw

The business of life is to go forwards. Samuel Johnson

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost

Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. Cardinal Newman

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. Jawaharlal Nehru

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. William Feather

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon. Woody Allen

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. Truman Capote

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. Lou Holtz

Life is a predicament which precedes death. Henry James

Life never becomes a habit to me. It’s always a marvel. Katherine Mansfield

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of each day and hour. Stephen Leacock

Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question. Tennessee Williams

Life is so unlike theory. Anthony Trollope

Man is born to live, not to prepare for life. Boris Pasternak

Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small about it. Florence Nightingale

Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent. R. D. Laing

Life’s more amusing than we thought. Andrew Lang

Life is not life at all without delight. Coventry Patmore

Life is too complicated not to be orderly. Martha Stewart

Life is all memory, except for the present moment that goes by so quick you hardly catch it going. Tennessee Williams

Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always. Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process and nature, in marking man’s papers, will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive. Jonas Salk

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

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. Shirley MacLaine

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno

Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules. Ashleigh Brilliant

Life is a wretched grey Saturday, but it has to be lived through. Anthony Burgess

You live and learn. At any rate, you live. Douglas Adams

There must be a day or two in a man’s life when he is the precise age for something important. Franklin P Adams

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. Alfred Adler

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. Muhammad Ali

Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future. William Wordsworth

Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away. Dag Hammarskjold

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information. Kurt Vonnegut

Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time. Margaret Mead

The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without, and to depart. John Morley

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. Susan B. Anthony

I long ago came to the conclusion that all life is 6 to 5 against. Damon Runyon

Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it. Emily Dickinson

Life is a jest; and all things show it.
I thought so once; but now I know it.
John Gay

Life is ten percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it. Irving Berlin

That it will never come again Is what makes life so sweet. Emily Dickinson

Life itself is a quotation. Jorge Luis Borges

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

Life is what happens while you are making other plans. John Lennon

Life – how curious is that habit that makes us think it is not here, but elsewhere. V S Pritchett

Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not. Ralph Waldo Emerson