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A good traveler

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu

A living
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain

A matter of waiting
Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.
Paulo Coelho

A vast practical joke
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.
Herman Melville

A way of making a living
Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.
Denzel Washington

All theory
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An adventure
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Helen Keller

An experiment
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any idiot
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov

As a play
Life must be lived as play.

Be regular and orderly
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Gustave Flaubert

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James

Beyond both
Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way.

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.
Lao Tzu

Day to day living
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov

Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
William Hazlitt

Divided into three terms
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

Don't lose it
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.
Steve Jobs

Don't waste time
If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. - Bruce Lee If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Bruce Lee

Eating and living
One should eat to live, not live to eat.

Empty space
Our life is full of empty space.
Umberto Eco

Even to live
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Every creature
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
Henry David Thoreau

Everything has been figured out
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Fear and regret
We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.
Marilyn Monroe

Fear of death
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

Finding peace
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
Virginia Woolf

Funny thing about life
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
W. Somerset Maugham

Good life
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

Good life
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Bertrand Russell

Great use of life
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
William James

Growing older
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
T. S. Eliot

Happy life
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
Bertrand Russell

I love life
I love life because what more is there.
Anthony Hopkins

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Albert Pine

Immortality is like trying to carve your initials in a block of ice in the middle of July.
Arthur Miller

In earnest
Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.
Charles Dickens

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

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
Virginia Woolf

It doesn't cease
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw

It has meaning
Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It has no meaning
Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.
Jean-Paul Sartre

It is a complex matter
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
Walt Disney

It is a play
Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

It is too short
Life's too short to deal with other people's insecurities.
Anthony Hopkins

It may become impossible
You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.
Anton Chekhov

it repeats itself
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Karl Marx

It's our beliefs
It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.
Tony Robbins

Keep learning
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

Keep smiling
Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.
Marilyn Monroe

Learning how to live
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
Leonardo da Vinci

Length or depth?
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

Life and mind
Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
Eckhart Tolle

Life and thoughts
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius

Life is a storm
Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
Alexandre Dumas

Life is about moving
Life is about moving, it's about change. And when things stop doing that they're dead.
Twyla Tharp

Life is pretty simple
Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.
Leonardo da Vinci

Live and learn
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

Living in harmony
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
Marcus Aurelius

Living mechanically
But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.
D. H. Lawrence

Living my life
I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.
D. H. Lawrence

Making mistakes
A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Missing life
Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.
Nelson Mandela

I've made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven't lived in vain.
Muhammad Ali

Most perfectly alive
For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
D. H. Lawrence

My life
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
T. S. Eliot

My life
My Life is My Message.
Mahatma Gandhi

No one
No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.

One hour of time
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin

One life
There is just one life for each of us: our own.

Pain and life
There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
Oscar Wilde

Peace in your life
You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
Eckhart Tolle

Perfection of character
Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.
Marcus Aurelius

Pleasant life
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.

Quiet lives
The good and the wise lead quiet lives.

Raptute of living
Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
Helen Keller

Real living
Real living is living for others.
Bruce Lee

I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.
Arthur Miller

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
Paulo Coelho

Series of changes
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

Simplicity of life
We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life.
Paulo Coelho

Succession of lessons
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Helen Keller

The beauty of life
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Marcus Aurelius

The best portion
The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

The best that we can do
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Helen Keller

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

The greatest impediment
Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.

The key to immortality
The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
Bruce Lee

The master of your destiny
You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.
Napoleon Hill

The object of life
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 other side of despair
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Jean-Paul Sartre

The present moment
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

The price of anything
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau

The quality of life
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
Henry David Thoreau

The richest experiences
The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The right regrets
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
Arthur Miller

The secret of success
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
Tony Robbins

The very last
Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.
Marcus Aurelius

The wise
The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.
Paulo Coelho

Then a leap taken
Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.
D. H. Lawrence

Three words
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
Robert Frost

To be alive
To be alive at all is to have scars.
John Steinbeck

To value life more
Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.
Virginia Woolf

Us he devours
The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours.
T. S. Eliot

Useless life
A useless life is an early death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Value of life
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin

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

We have got to live
We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen
D. H. Lawrence

Well spent
Life well spent is long.
Leonardo da Vinci

What does a man do all his life
There is only one thing that a man really wants to do, all his life; and that is, to find his way to his God, his Morning Star, salute his fellow man, and enjoy the woman who has come the long way with him.
D. H. Lawrence

What is life?
Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.
Virginia Woolf

What is life?
Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.

What life is like
You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.
Marilyn Monroe

What we do consistently
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
Tony Robbins

When it is lived for others
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
Helen Keller

When we remember
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
Mark Twain

Why live?
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Without music
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.
Marc Chagall

Worth living
This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.
William James

Worthy life
If you believe that life is worth living then your belief will create the fact.
Arthur Miller

You are the dance
Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
Eckhart Tolle

Your living
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
Khalil Gibran

Your mission
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
Richard Bach

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