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Quotations About Life

I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.
Samuel Butler
The Way of All Flesh, 1903


The marriage state, with or without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of Heaven and Hell we are capable of receiving in this life.
Richard Steele
The Spectator


Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.
Samuel Johnson
The Rambler, 1750


The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard
The Note Book, 1927


You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.
Mignon McLaughlin
The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.
Kendall Hailey
The Day I Became an Autodidact


As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.
Fran Lebowitz
Social Studies


Life is short but there is always time for courtesy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Social Aims


Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.
John Updike
Self-Consciousness, 1989


Huge and mighty forms that do not live like living men, moved slowly through the mind by day and were trouble to my dreams.
William Wordsworth
Resolution and Independence


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