The Art of Living
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing. The main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unforeseen attack.
– Marcus Aurelius
There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.
– George Santayana
We never live, but we are always in the expectation of living.
Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
– Stephen Leacock
There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.
– Coco Chanel
Such as we are made of, such we be.
– William Shakespeare
Measurement of life should be proportioned rather to the intensity of the experience than to its actual length.
– Thomas Hardy
Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically ought to be.
– Brooks Atkinson
Birth, copulation and death. That’s all the facts when you come to brass tacks.
– T. S. Eliot
Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the universe.
– Alfred North Whitehead
Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
– Henry Miller
Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
– Samuel Johnson
Life as we find it is too hard for us; it entails too much pain, too many disappointments, impossible tasks. We cannot do without palliative remedies.
– Sigmund Freud
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
– William Law
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
– William Butler Yeats
You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough.
– Joe E. Lewis
Growth is the only evidence of life.
– Cardinal Newman
Life is a stranger’s sojourn, a night at an inn.
– Marcus Aurelius
If you’re on the merry-go-round, you have to go round.
– Kent Thompson
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering and only the very sound or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
– George Orwell
The whole of what we know is a system of compensations. Each suffering is rewarded; each sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
– Thomas Merton
The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
– Thomas Carlyle
He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
– Albert Camus
Basically, I’m interested in friendship, sex and death.
– Sharon Riis