It is while you are patiently toiling

It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.  ~Phillips BrooksCUL

When compiling his great dictionary the young

When compiling his great dictionary, the young Noah Webster travels to the Himalayas, where he climbs to the cave of the world’s wisest man.  "O, great sage," he says, "tell me the meaning of life."  The sage sits Noah at his feet and, with great solemnity, commences to unfold the meaning of life.  When finished, he places a hand on the young man’s shoulder and says, "Do you have any other questions, my son?"  Noah flips a page in his notebook and says, "You wouldn’t know the meaning of lift, would you?"  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

A man who has work that suits

A man who has work that suits him and a wife, whom he loves, has squared his accounts with life.  ~Friedrich Hegel

Have you noticed that life real honest to goodness

Have you noticed that life, real honest-to-goodness life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in the newspapers?  ~Jean Anouilh, The Rehearsal, 1950WLBUQ

I say if your knees arent green

I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.  ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

Life is little more than a loan

Life is little more than a loan shark:  It exacts a very high rate of interest for the few pleasures it concedes.  ~Luigi PirandelloCUL

I have come one step away from

I have come one step away from everything.  And here I stay, far from everything, one step away.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV

Puritans will never believe it but life

Puritans will never believe it, but life is full of disagreeable things that aren’t even good for you.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN

Life may be defined to the power

Life may be defined to be the power of self-augmentation or assimilation, not of self-nurture; for then a steam-engine over a coal-pit might be made to live.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

Life is easier than youd think all

Life is easier than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.  ~Kathleen NorrisCUL

In life we all have an unspeakable

In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love.  ~Diego Marchisubmitted by Anna, see Dec 2007 email

To preserve a man alive in the

To preserve a man alive in the midst of so many chances and hostilities, is as great a miracle as to create him.  ~Jeremy Taylor

One wanders through life as if wandering

One wanders through life as if wandering through a field in the dark of night, wearing a blindfold and very heavy shoes, with a poisonous toad waiting patiently beneath a clump of weeds, knowing full well that eventually you will step on him.  ~Lemony Snicket

Everything which is properly business we must

Everything which is properly business we must keep carefully separate from life.  Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freed handling.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Why do critics make such an outcry

Why do critics make such an outcry against tragicomedies? is not life one?  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

Give us lord a bit o sun

Give us Lord, a bit o’ sun,
A bit o’ work and a bit o’ fun;
Give us all in the struggle and sputter
Our daily bread and a bit o’ butter.
~From an inn in Lancaster, England

I sit astride life like a bad

I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse.  I only owe it to the horse’s good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.  ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

I arise in the morning torn between

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day.  ~Elwyn Brooks White

When i stand before god at the

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."  ~Erma Bombeck

Life is like a beautiful melody only

Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.  ~Author Unknownsometimes attributed to Hans Christian Andersen and Notorious BIG

We tear life out of to use

We tear life out of life to use it for looking at itself.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

One day can make your life ruin

One day can make your life.  One day can ruin your life.  All life is is four or five big days that change everything.  ~Riding in Cars with Boys, Beverly Donofrio (book), Morgan Ward (screenplay)

Life is a compromise of what your

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.  ~Bruce Crampton

For if there is a sin against

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.  ~Albert CamusCUL

Each day of human life contains joy

Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay.  Each moment is etched with nature’s grand design – do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.  ~Morihei Ueshiba

Out of a hundred years few minutes

Out of a hundred years a few minutes were made that stayed with me, not a hundred years.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

The philosophy of mine earth can be

The philosophy of mine earth can be summed up as this:  Sunshine creates happiness, and I create myself.  Nights are long and life is predominantly good.  Wind is refreshing.  Tea is wisdom.  Do the best you can, and be good to yourself so that you can above all be good to others.  ~Jessi Lane Adams