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Quotations: Love-Life IV


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915), A Thousand And One Epigrams:

“Life is just one thing after another”.


John Donne (1571?-1631):

“When I consider life, ‘tis all a cheat;

Yet, fool’d with hope, men favour the deceit;

Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay:

Tomorrow’s falser than the former day;

Lies worse, and, while it says, we shall be blest

With some new joys, cuts off what we possest.

Strange cozenage! None would live past years again,

Yet all hope pleasure in what remain;

And, from the dregs of life, think to receive,

What the first sprightly running could not giver”.


Samuel Johnson (1709-84), (Oct 26, 1769):

“It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives”.


John Milton (1608-74):

“To live a life half dead, a living death”.


Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-81), Sybil:

“To do nothing and get something, formed a boy’s ideal of a manly career”.


John Donne (1571?-1631):

“For all the happiness mankind can gain

Is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain”.


John Donne (1571?-1631), Dedication of the Aenets:

“We beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure”.


Edward Fitzgerald (1809-83):

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,

Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit

Shall lure thy tears wash out a Word of it”.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), Preface,(1758):

“He that lives upon hope will die fasting”.


O. Henry (William Sydney Porter; 1862-1910), Gifts of the Magi:

“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating”.


George Herbert (1593-1633):

“Look not on pleasures as they come, but go”.


Richard Hooker (1554?-1600), Quoted by Johnson, as from Hooker, in the Preface to the “English Dictionary”:

“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better”.


Victor Hugo (1802-85), Contemplations: Les Malheureux:

“Souffrons, mais souffrons sur les cimes” (If we must suffer, let us suffer nobly).


Henry James (1843-1916):

“What is character but the determination of incident?

What is incident but the illustration of character?”.


Horace (65-8 B.C.):

“Concordia discora” (Harmony in discord).


Jean Baptiste Poquelin (Molière; 1622-73):

“Il faut manger pour vivre et non pas vivre pour manger” (One should eat to live, not live to eat).


Michel Eyquem Montaigne (1533-92):

“La gloire et le repos sont choses qui ne peuvent loger en même gîte” (Fame and tranquillity can never be bedfellows)..


Michel Eyquem Montaigne (1533-92):

“L’utilité du vivre n’est pas en l’éspace, elle est en l’usage; tel a vécu longtemps qui a peu vécu…Il gît en votre volonté, non au nombre des ans, que vous ayez assez vécu”.

(The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will).


Karl Marx (1881-83), Criticism of the Gotha Programme (1875):

“Jeder nach seinen Fähigketen, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen” (From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs).


John Pudney (1909-), Graves – Tobruk:

“Live and let live.

No matter how it ended,

These lose and, under the sky,

Lie befriended”.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644):

“We spend our midday sweat, our midnight oil;

We tire the night in thought, the day in toil”.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644), Esther:

“No man is born unto himself alone;

Who lives unto himself, he lives to none”.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644):

“He that begins to live, begins to die”.


Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1826-82), “The Choice”:

“Eat thou and drink; to-morrow thou shalt die”.

“Think thus and act; to-morrow thou shalt die”.


John Ruskin (1819-1900), Time And Tide, letter V:

“Labour without joy is base. Labour without sorrow is base. Sorrow without labour is base. Joy without labour is base”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

“He who has never hoped can never despair”.


Pierre Corneille (1606-84), “Le Cid”:

“A vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire” (When there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph).


 Horace (65-8 B.C.):

“Si via me flere, dolendum est Primm ipsi tibi” (If you wish to draw tears from me, you must first feel pain yourself).


Grantland Rice (1880-), Alummus Football:

“For when the One Great Scorer comes

To write against your name,

He marks – not that you won or lost –

But how you played the game”.


John Selden (1584-1654), Pleasure:

“Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain”.


Thomas Shadwell (1642?-92), “The Sullen Lovers”:

“Tis the way of all flesh”.


Edward Young (1683-1765), “The Revenge”:

“Life is the desert, life the solitude;

Death joins us to the great majority”.


Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), “Lady Windermere’s Fan” (1891):

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.


Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-81), Endymion:

“What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man”.


Laurence Sterne (1713-68):

“Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, - and of obstinacy in a bad one”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94):

“These are my politics: to change what we can; to better what we can; but still to bear in mind that man is but a devil weakly fettered by some generous beliefs and impositions; and for no wood however sounding, and no cause however just and pious, to relax the structure of these bonds”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94):

“Even if the doctor does not give you a year, even if he hesitates about a month, make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week”.


Virgil (70-19 B.C.), “Aeneid”:

“Durate, et vosmet rebus servate secundis” (Then endure for a while, and live for a happier day!).


Francis Thompson (1859-1907), “The Dread Of Height”:

“Nothing begins and nothing ends

That is not paid with moan;

For we are born in other’s pain,

And perish in our own”.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), “Polite Conversation”. Dialogue I:

“Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken”.



Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Of Parents And Children”:

“The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds where those of their bodies have failed”.


Charles Reade (1814-84), “The Cloister And The Hearth”:

“Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

“Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done”.


John Webster (1580?-1625?), “The Duchess of Malfi”:

“Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright.

But looked to near, have neither heat not light”.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683), Compleat Angler:

“No man can lose what he never had”.

 “I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, ’that which is everybody’s business is nobody’s business’ ”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), John Bull’s Other Island (1907), Act IV:

“What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering”.


Somerset Maugham (1874-1966), “Of Human Bondage”:

“People ask you for criticism, but only want praise”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

“Home is the girl’s prison and the women’s workhouse”.


Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902), Last words. L. Michell, Life, Vol.II:

“So little done, so much to do”.


Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), “Human Life”:

“Think nothing done while aught remains to do”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94), “El Dorado”:

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour”.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904), “Thrift”:

“A place for everything, and everything in its place”.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745):

“Tis as cheap sitting as standing”.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745):

“You must take the will for the deed”.


Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), The Critic As Artist:

“There is no sin except stupidity”.

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