For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?jane austen: 1813 Pride and Prejudice, ch.57.
Good, to forgive; Best, to forget! Living, we fret; Dying, we live.Robert Browning: 1878 La Saisiaz, prologue.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die isgain.Bible (NewTestament): Philippians1:21.
Man that isbornof a womanhath but a short timeto live, and is full of misery.Burial of the Dead, Anthem.
To begin to live in the present, we must first atone forour past and be finished with it, and we can onlyatone for it by suffering, by extraordinary, unceasing exertion.Anton Chekhov: 1904 The Cherry Orchard, act 2 (translated by Elisaveta Fen). English colonial administrator, Governor of Queensland (1905-9) and of New South Wales (1909-13), Viceroy of India (1916-21) and First Lord of the Admiralty (1924).
Comeonyousonsof bitches!Doyouwanttoliveforever? See Frederick the Great 335:33.Daniel Daly: 1918 Attributed, to his troops at Belleau Wood, 4 Jun.
I cannot live withYou It would be Life And Life is over there Behind the Shelf.Emily Elizabeth Dickinson: c.1862 Complete Poems, no.640 (first published1890).
A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day.Emily Elizabeth Dickinson: ?1872 Complete Poems, no.1212 (first published1894).
Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks: With silken lines, and silver hooks. See Marlowe 553:17, Raleigh 677:98.john donne: c.1595-1605 'The Bait', collected in Songs and Sonnets (1633).
Life is too precious to be spent in this weaving and unweaving of false impressions, and it is better to live quietly under some degree of misrepresentation than to attempt to remove it by the uncertain process of letter- writing.George pseudonym of MaryAnn Evans Eliot: 1856 Letter to Mrs Peter Taylor, 8 Jun. Collected in G S Haight (ed) The George Eliot Letters (1954), vol.2.
He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt, and his only mission each time he went up was to come down alive.joseph heller: 1961 OfYossarian. Catch-22, ch.3.
But thou liv'st fearless; and thy face ne'er shows Fortune when she comes, or goes.Robert Herrick: 1648 'A Country Life: To His Brother, M. Tho. Herrick'.
He who battles with the immortals does not live long, nor do his children prattle about his knees when he has returned from battle.Homer 8c: c.700 BC Iliad, bk.5, l.407 (translated by Martin Hammond).
It's better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.Randall Jarrell: 1954 Pictures from an Institution, pt.4, ch.9.
Il n'y a pour l'homme que trois e ve nements: na|"tre, vivre et mourir. Il ne se sent pas na|"tre, il souffre a' mourir, et il oublie de vivre. There are only three great events for a person: to be born, to liveand to die.He doesnot feel his own birth, he suffers upon death and he forgets to live.Jean de La Bruye' re: 1688 Les Caracte' res ou les m½urs de ce sie' cle,'De l'homme', no.48.
What are days for? Days are where we live. They come, they wake us Time and time over. Theyare to be happy in: Where can we live but days?Philip Arthur Larkin: 1953 'Days'.
Traditions are lovely thingsto create traditions, that is, not to live off them.Franz Marc: 1914-15 Aphorisms.
Now hast thou but one bare hour to live, And then thou must be damned perpetually! Stand still, you ever-moving spheres of heaven, That time may cease, and midnight never come. Fair nature's eye, rise, rise, again, and make Perpetual day; or let this hour be but Ayear, a month, a week, a natural day, That Faustus may repent and save his soul! O lente, lente currite, noctis equi: The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike, The devil will come, and Faustus must be damned. Oh, I'll leap up to my God!Who pulls me down? See, see, where Christ's blood streams in the firmament! One drop would save my soul, half a drop, ah, my Christ.Christopher Marlowe: c.1592 Doctor Faustus (published1604), act 5, sc.2.
Difficilis facilis, iucundus acerbus es idem: Nec tecum possum vivere nec sine te. Difficult or easy, pleasant or bitter, you are the same: I cannot live with youor without you.Martial full name MarcusValerius Martialis: Epigrams, bk.12, no.46.
Oh Happiness! our being's end and aim! Good, pleasure, ease, content! whate'er thy name: That something still which prompts th'eternal sigh, For which we bear to live, or dare to die.Alexander Pope: 1734 An Essay on Man, epistle 4, l.1-4.
Il vaut mieux re" ver sa vie que la vivre, encore que la vivre ce soit encore la re" ver. It's better to dream your life than to live it, and even though you live it, you will still dream it.Marcel Proust: 1896 Les Plaisirs et les jours.
ThepoorestHethat isinEnglandhathalifetoliveaswellas the greatest He, and therefore, truly Sirs,Ithink that every man that is to live under a Government ought first, by his own consent, to put himself under that Government.1647 Said to Cromwell during theArmy Debates, Putney, 29 Oct.
Look not thou on beauty's charming, Sit thou still when kings are arming. Taste not when the wine-cup glistens, Speak not when the people listens, Stop thine ear against the singer, From the red gold keep thy finger, Vacant heart, and hand, and eye, Easy live and quiet die.Sir Walter Scott: 1819 The Bride of Lammermoor, ch.3 (LucyAshton's song).
Every man desires to live long; but no manwould be old.jonathan swift: 1727 Thoughts onVarious Subjects (enlarged edn).
DerTod ist kein Ereignis des Lebens. DenTod erlebt man nicht. Death isnot an event in life: we do not liveto experience death.LudwigJosef Johann Wittgenstein: 1921Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, prop 6.4311 (translated by Pears and McGuinness).