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Life Quotes

69 of the best book quotes about life
  1. #1
    “But people will do anything rather than admit that their lives have no meaning. No use, that is. No plot.”
  2. #2
    “To live will be an awfully big adventure.”
  3. #3
    “Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
  4. #4
    “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.”
  5. #5
    One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands alone and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun—which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so.
  6. #6
    “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
  7. #7
    “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”
  8. #8
    “You are my life now.”
  9. #9
    “Frying chicken always makes me feel a little better about life.”
  10. #10
    “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.”
  11. #11
    “In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
    author
    Robert Frost
    concept
    Life
  12. #12
    “We ask for long life, but ‘tis deep life, or grand moments, that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.”
  13. #13
    “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
  14. #14
    “After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Charlotte
    concept
    Life
  15. #15
    “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Gandalf
    concept
    Life
  16. #16
    “Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
  17. #17
    “Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.”
  18. #18
    “The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
  19. #19
    “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”
  20. #20
    “I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream -- I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal -- to something finer, richer than the Hellenic ideal, it may be.”
  21. #21
    “Where there’s life there’s hope.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    concept
    Life
  22. #22
    “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
  23. #23
    “Much of our work now is more a matter of “rehumanizing.” That starts in the same place dehumanizing starts--with words and images...We must never tolerate dehumanization--the primary instrument of violence that has been used in every genocide recorded throughout history. When we engage in dehumanizing rhetoric or promote dehumanizing images, we diminish our own humanity in the process...[it] says volumes about who we are and the degree to which we’re operating in our integrity.”
  24. #24
    “Life ... is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Macbeth
    concept
    Life
  25. #25
    “But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.”
  26. #26
    “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
  27. #27
    “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
  28. #28
    “You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life, except my life, except my life.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Life
  29. #29
    “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
  30. #30
    “Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”
  31. #31
    “Life... is a paradise to what we fear of death.”
  32. #32
    “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”
  33. #33
    “The lesson being that in life you control what you can.”
  34. #34
    “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Thorin
    concept
    Life
  35. #35
    “Putting black cloths on the hives is for us. I do it to remind us that life gives way into death, and then death turns around and gives way into life.”
  36. #36
    “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.”
  37. #37
    “You see, though we travel together, we travel alone.”
  38. #38
    “I am not your justification for existence.”
  39. #39
    “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is.”
  40. #40
    “The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?”
  41. #41
    “Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.”
  42. #42
    It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.
  43. #43
    “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
  44. #44
    “One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.”
  45. #45
    “I love Twinkies, and the reason I am saying that is because we are all supposed to think of reasons to live.”
  46. #46
    “To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause: there’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life;
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
    The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
    The insolence of office and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pith and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
    The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
    Be all my sins remember’d!”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concepts
    LifeDeath
  47. #47
    “This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
  48. #48
    “A book is just like life and anything can change.”
  49. #49
    “Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them-- that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”
  50. #50
    “Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
  51. #51
    “Earth is crammed with Heaven.”
  52. #52
    “To be alive──is Power.”
  53. #53
    “Beauty, youth, good fortune, even love itself, cannot keep care and pain, loss and sorrow, from the most blessed for...into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and sad and dreary.”
  54. #54
    “All I kept thinking about, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever.”
  55. #55
    “All’s well that ends better.”
  56. #56
    “Ah, when to the heart of man
    Was it ever less than a treason
    To go with the drift of things,
    To yield with a grace to reason,
    And bow and accept the end
    Of a love or a season?”
  57. #57
    “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”
  58. #58
    “Life on a lifeboat isn’t much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn’t be more simple, nor the stakes higher.”
  59. #59
    “That’s what I love about Aibileen, she can take the most complicated things in life and wrap them up so small and simple, they’ll fit right in your pocket.”
  60. #60
    “Live in the present, make the most of it, it’s all you’ve got.”
  61. #61
    “One thing I can tell you for sure is this: we only regret what we don’t do in life.”
    author
    Kristin Hannah
    book
    Firefly Lane
    character
    Kate
    concepts
    LifeRegret
  62. #62
    “I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
    And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
    Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
    But dipped its top and set me down again.
    That would be good both going and coming back.
    One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.”
  63. #63
    “They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”
  64. #64
    “Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing. . . . A new Hedonism -- that is what our century wants. You might be its visible symbol.”
  65. #65
    “It was a star,” Mrs. Whatsit said sadly. “A star giving up its life in battle with the Thing. It won, oh, yes, my children, it won. But it lost its life in the winning.”
  66. #66
    “Something in me did not want to give up on life, was unwilling to let go, wanted to fight to the very end. Where that part of me got the heart, I don’t know.”
  67. #67
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
  68. #68
    “In his face, I see the whole of my life. I see a baby who came to me long after I’d given up … and a hint of the beauty I once had. I see … my life in his eyes.”
  69. #69
    ″‘Covering the hives was supposed to keep the bees from leaving. You see, the last thing they wanted was their bees swarming off when a death took place. Having bees around was supposed to ensure that the dead person would live again.’
    “My eyes grew wide, “Really?′
    ”‘Tell her about Aristaeus,’ Zach said.
    ”‘Oh, yes, Aristaeus. Every beekeeper should know that story . . . Aristaeus was the first keeper of bees. One day all his bees died, punishment by the gods for something bad that Aristaeus had done. The gods told him to sacrifice a bull to show he was sorry, and then return to the carcass in nine days and look inside it. Well, Aristaeus did just what they said, and when he came back, he saw a swarm of bees fly out of the dead bull. His own bees, reborn. He took them home to his hives, and after that people believed that bees had power over death. The kings in Greece made their tombs in the shape of beehives for that very reason.‘”
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