Life Quotes

Once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
lava flow crosses Hawaiian road

Life is difficult.
This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life…

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True life begins where the tiny bit begins – where what seem to us minute and infinitely small alterations take place

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
eroding seaside cliff

“Why, you only touched it a tiny bit, but it is quite another thing.” Bryullóv replied: “Art begins where the tiny bit begins.”

That saying is strikingly true not only of art but of all…

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I’ll stay up late with a few bandits of my choice and resist good advice

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
burning temple

I’ll invent a secret scroll lost by Egyptians
and reveal its content: the directions
to your house, recipes for forgiveness.
History says my ventricles are stone alleys…

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Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
newborn baby

One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to…

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The hardest thing in this world is to live in it

Monday, September 5th, 2011
singing woman

…I live in hell
‘Cause I’ve been expelled
From heaven
I think I was in heaven

So give me something to sing about!
Please
Give me something!

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This day’s done and there’s a new one coming tomorrow, with no mistakes in it yet

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
sunset

“I can’t help it. I want everybody to love me and it hurts me so when anybody doesn’t. And Anthony never will now. Oh, I just made an idiot of myself to-day, Marilla. I’ll tell you the whole story.”

Marilla listened to the whole story, and if she smiled at…

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We are never so fortunate or unfortunate as we suppose

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
poppies

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Life is our dictionary

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
farm

I learn immediately from any speaker how much he has already lived, through the poverty or the splendour of his speech. Life lies behind us as the quarry from whence we get tiles and cope-stones for the masonry of to-day. Colleges and books only copy the language which…

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The soul of man is larger than the sky, deeper than ocean

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
sunrise clouds

So, in the compass of the single mind,
The seeds and pregnant forms in essence lie,
That make all worlds. Great poet, ‘t was thy art
To know thyself, and in thyself to be
Whate’er love, hate, ambition, destiny,
Or the firm fatal purpose of the heart…

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Five years is nothing in a man’s life except when he is very young and very old

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
old and young hands

Now Wang Lung’s uncle and his wife had long since smoked all the flesh off their bones and they lay day in and day out on their bed like two dry old sticks, and there was no warmth in them. And Wang Lung heard his uncle…

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I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

Friday, June 11th, 2010
Santa Fe sunset

After arriving home, Father Latour went at once to bed. During the night he slept badly and felt feverish. He called none of his household, but arose at the usual hour before dawn and went into the chapel for his devotions. While he…

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We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
ethereal woman

We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives,
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
And he whose heart beats quickest lives the longest:
Lives in one hour more than in years do some…

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