We live ignorant and die in errancy as we lived. Abu'l-'Ala Al-Ma'arri c.1000 Luzu' miyya' t, stanza 4 (translated by R A
Nicholson in Studies in Islamic
Yif thou wolte lyve frely, lerne to dye gladly. Anonymous c.1375 The Art of Dieing.
Well, there's no help for it. Ageing seems to be the only available way to
live a long time. Daniel-Fran c° ois-Esprit Auber Attributed, when a
friend lamented that they were both getting older. Quoted in
Clifton Fadiman The Faber Book of Anecdotes (1985).
Encased in talent like a uniform, The rank of every
poet is well known; They can amaze us
like a thunderstorm, Or die so young, or
live for years alone. W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden 'The Novelist'.
To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, neverapathetic,
neverattitudinizinghere isperfection of character. Aung San Suu Kyi c. AD 170^180 Meditations, bk.7, no.69 (translated by M Staniforth).
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and
laugh at them in our turn? Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, ch.57.
For in him we live, and move and have our being. Bible (NewTestament) Acts of the
Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
Bible (NewTestament) Romans14:8.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die isgain. Bible (NewTestament) Philippians1:21.
La eternidad rotativa puede parecer atroz al espectador; es
satisfactoria para sus individuos. Libres de malas
noticias y de enfermedades, viven siempre como si
fuera la primera vez, sin recordar las anteriores. A circular eternity
may seem atrocious to the spectator, but it
is satisfactory to individuals inside. Free from bad news
and disease, theyalways live as if it were the
first time, and do not remember previous times. Adolfo Bioy Casares La invencio n de Morel ( The Invention of
I am well as
long as I live on horsebacksleep out-of- doors, or in a log
cabin, and lead in all respects a completely
unconventional life. But each time for a few daysI have become
civilised, I have found myself rapidly going down
again. Isabella married name Isabella Bishop Bird A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.
If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of
myself. EubieJames Hubert Blake Quoted in the Observer,13 Feb. He died 5 days after
his 100th birthday.
Man that isbornof a womanhath but a short timeto
live, and is full of
misery. Book of Common Prayer Burial of the Dead,
Lord, let me know mine end, and thenumberof mydays: that I may be certified
how long I have to live. Book of Common Prayer Psalm 39:5.
Good, to forgive; Best, to forget! Living, we fret; Dying, we live. Robert Browning La Saisiaz, prologue.
To live is like to loveall reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for
it. Samuel Butler Collected in H F
Jones (ed) The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1912).
live not in myself, but I become Portion of that
around me; and to me, High mountains are a
feeling, but the hum Of human cities
torture. Rochdale ^18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 3, stanza 72.
Lesbia, let us live and love, And though the
sager sort our deeds reprove, Let us not weigh
them. Heaven's great lamps do dive Into their west,
and straight again revive, But soon as once
set is our little light, Then must we sleep
one ever-during night. See Catullus 200:5. Thomas Campion A Book of Airs, no.1,'My Sweetest Lesbia',
translation of a song by Catullus.
Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus, rumoresque senum
severiorum omnes unius
aestimemus assis. Let us live, my
Lesbia, and let us love! Let us not give one
penny if old men protest and
disapprove. Catiline full name Lucius Sergius Catilina Roman conspirator, from an obscure senatorial family.
In 63 BC, he plotted to murder Cicero and other
hostile senators, and to seize power, but was arrested and
So longe mote ye lyve, and alle proude, Til crowes feet be
growen under youre y'. Geoffrey Chaucer c.1385 Troilus and Criseyde, bk 2, l.402^3.
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 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
Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for itanything but
live for it. Charles Caleb Colton Lacon, vol.1, no.25.
live, as we dreamalone. Korzeniowski Heart of Darkness, pt.1 (first published in
Blackwood's Magazine, collected
inYouth: A Narrative, and Two Other Stories, 1902).
Now we know nothing, nothing is richer now Because of all he
was.O friend we have loved Must it be thus with
you?and if it must be How can men bear
laboriously to live? Frances ne e Darwin Cornford 'Rupert Brooke'.
Comeonyousonsof bitches!Doyouwanttoliveforever? See Frederick the Great 335:33. Daniel Daly Attributed, to his troops at Belleau Wood,
People in nutrition do get the idea that theyare going to live to be150. And
they never do. Adelle Davis Quoted in DanielYergin's'Supernutritionist',
NewYork Times magazine, 20
Si l'on vit assez longtemps, on voit que toute victoire se change un jour en
de faite. If you live long
enough, you'll find that every victory turns into a
defeat. Simone de Beauvoir Tous les hommes sont mortels (All Men Are Mortal).
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).
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).
We tell ourselves stories in order to live. Joan Didion The White Album,'The White Album,1'.
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).
None would live past years again, Yet all hope
pleasure in what yet remain; And, from the dregs
of life, think to receive, What the first
sprightly running could not give. John Dryden Aureng-Zebe, act 4, sc.1.
Sen for the deid remeid is none, Best is that we for
dede dispone Eftir our deid that
lif may we: Timor mortis
conturbat me. Alexandre, pe' re Dumas c.1505 'Lament for the Makaris', stanza 25.
My wealth is health and perfect ease; My conscience clear
my chief defence; I neither seek by
bribes to please, Nor by deceit to
breed offence. Thus do I live;
thus will I die. Would all did so
well as I! Sir Edward Dyer 'In Praise of a Contented Mind'.
If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness When everything is
as it was in my childhood Violent, vivid and
of infinite possibility. Richard Ghormley Eberhart 'If I Could Only Live at the Pitch That Is Near
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 Letter to Mrs Peter Taylor, 8 Jun. Collected in G S Haight (ed) The George
Eliot Letters (1954), vol.2.
Egbert, is it true that married people live longer? No, it just seems
longer. W C originally William Claude Dukenfield Fields The Bank Dick.
Live and Let Die. Ian Lancaster Fleming Title of novel.
You cannot be absolutely dumb when you live with a person unless you
are an inhabitant of the North of England or the State
of Maine. Ford Madox originally Ford Hermann Hueffer Ford The Good Soldier, pt.3, ch.4.
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon.Only connect the prose
and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human
love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no
longer. E(dward) M(organ) Forster Howards End, ch.22.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives Anne Frank
Rascals, would you live for ever? See Daly 251:76. the Great Frederick II Attributed, to hesitant guards at the Battle of Kolin,18
Cum studio bene vivendi semper conjunxi studium bene dicendi. I have always
combined the study of how to live well with the study of
how to speak well. Gerbert later Pope Sylvester II Letter to Ebrard, Abbot of Tours.
As in a month you've got to die If Ko-Ko tells us
true, 'Twere empty
compliment to cry 'Long life to
Nanki-Poo!' But as one month
you have to live As fellow-citizen, This toast with
three times three we'll give 'Long life to
youtill then!' Sir W(illiam) S(chwenck) Gilbert Pooh-Bah's solo, The Mikado, act1.
Man cannot live on the human plane, he must be either above or below it. (Arthur) Eric Rowton Gill Autobiography, closing words.
You lost yourability for doing things in childhood It all beganwithyourinability
toputonyoursocksand ended by your inability
to live. Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov Oblomov, pt.4, ch.2 (translated by David
Glasgow, the sort of industrial city where most people live nowadays but
nobody imagines living. AlasdairJames Gray Lanark, bk.3, ch.11.
believe that the scientist is trying to expand absolute truth and the
artist absolute beauty, so that I find in art and science, and in
an attempt to live a good life, all the religion I want. J(ohn) B(urdon) S(anderson) Haldane Living Philosophies.
always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know
to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe,
falsely, to be the truth. Christopher Hampton The Philanthropist.
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 OfYossarian. Catch-22, ch.3.
But thou liv'st fearless; and thy face ne'er shows Fortune when she
comes, or goes. Robert Herrick 'A Country Life: To His Brother, M. Tho. Herrick'.
Annapurna, towhichwehadgone empty-handed, was a treasure on which
we should live the rest of our lives. With this
realization we turn the page: a new life begins. There are other
Annapurnas in the lives of men. Maurice Herzog Quoted in Annapurna: Conquest of the First
8000-metre Peak (translated by
Nea Morin and Janet Adam Smith).
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).
We live half our lives in Englandthere can't have been anything quite like
this sincethe Roman colonists settled in Britain: not
the hanging on with one hand, and the other hand full of
seas. Robin pseudonym of IrisGuiver Wilkinson Hyde The Godwits Fly, ch.8.
The bird, the beste, the fisch eke in the see, They lyve in
fredome, euerich in his kynd, And I, a man, and
lakkith libertee! James I c.1435 The Kingis Quair, stanza 27.
Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do
in particular, so long as you have your life. If you
haven't had that what have you had? Henry James Lambert Strether. The Ambassadors, bk.5, ch.11.
thought that writing a detective story would be a wonderful
apprenticeship because, whatever people tell you, a crime
novel is not easy to write well. As I continued with my
craft I became increasingly fascinated by the
form and realized that you can use the formula to say
something true about men and women and the society in
which they live. Baroness 'Series Detectives', collected in Brown and Munro
(eds) Writers Writing
It's better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the
rest of your life. Randall Jarrell Pictures from an Institution, pt.4, ch.9.
The wing trails like a banner in defeat, No more to use the
sky forever but live with famine And pain a few
days. 436 (John) Robinson Jeffers Cawdor,'Hurt Hawks'.
The stage but echoes back the public voice. The drama's laws the drama's patrons
give, For we, who live to
please, must please to live. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Prologue, written for David Garrick on the occasion
of the opening of his
management of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
All the arguments which are brought to represent povertyasno evil,
show ittobe evidentlyagreatevil.You never find people
labouring to convince you that you may live very
happily upon a plentiful fortune. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, 20 Jul. Quoted in James Boswell The Life
of Samuel Johnson
would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather
than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an
individual. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, 31 Mar. Quoted in James Boswell The Life
of Samuel Johnson
What should I do, But cocker up my
genius, and live free To all delights my
fortune calls me to? Ben Jonson Volpone, act1, sc.2.
But then they danced down the street like dingle- dodies, and
Ishambled afteras I've beendoing all my life after people who
interest me, because the only people for me are the mad
ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to
be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the
ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman
candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the
middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes
'Awww!' Jack (John) Kerouac On The Road, pt.1, ch.1.
Never anticipate tomorrow's sorrow; Live always in this
paradisal now. Omar Khayya m c.1100 Ruba iya t, stanza 21 (translated by Robert
Graves and Omar
The thing is to find a truth for me, to find the idea for which I can live
and die. So« ren Aabye Kierkegaard Journal entry (translated by Alexander Dru,1938).
have a dream. I have a dream that my four little children will oneday liveinanationwherethey will
not bejudged by the colour of
their skin but by the content of their character. Martin LutherJr King Washington civil rights rally,15 Jun.
If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live. Martin LutherJr King Speech in Detroit, 23 Jun.
Je vis, je meurs; je me br u" le et me noie. I live, I die; I am
on fire and I drown. Louise Labe Sonnets, no.8.
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 Les Caracte' res ou les m½urs de ce sie' cle,'De
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
Thus did they live:Thus did they love, Repeating only joys
above; And Angels were,
but with clothes on, Which they would put
off cheerfully, To bathe them in
the galaxy, Then gird them with
the Heavenly zone. Richard Lovelace Lucasta,'Love Made in the First Age'.
That would have been a nice place, inside an idea, but it wasn't a place to
live. It was necessary to live where the idea and the fact
collided. William Angus McIlvanney The Big Man, ch.8.
Traditions are lovely thingsto create traditions, that is, not to live off
them. Franz Marc ^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,
What one wants in this world isn't so much to'live' as tobe lived, to
be used by life for its own purposes. James Ingram Merrill Quoted in the
NewYorker, 27 Mar1995.
To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men
were only capable of staying awake long enough to let
the idea soak in. Henry Valentine Miller
Sunday After The War,'Reunion in Brooklyn'.
Glaubt es mir!das Geheimnis, um die gr o« Þte Fruchtbarkeit und
den gr o« Þten Genuss vom Dasein einzuernten, heiÞt:
gef a« hrlich leben! For believe me: the
secret for harvesting from existence the greatest
fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment isto live
dangerously. FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche Die fro« hliche Wissenschaft ( The Gay Science),
section 283 (translated by W
Razors pain you Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause
cramp. Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well
live. Dorothy ne e Rothschild Parker Not So Deep as AWell,'Re sume ' .
We live and learn, but not the wiser grow. John Pomfret 'Reason'. French mistress of Louis XV. Installed at
Versailles (1745), she assumed control of public affairs
and swayed state policy, appointing her favourites. She was
a lavish patron of the arts and literature.
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 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 Les Plaisirs et les jours.
If we live inside a bad joke, it is up to us to learn, at best and worst, to tell
it well. Jonathan Raban Coasting, ch.6.
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. Thomas Rainborowe Said to Cromwell during theArmy Debates, Putney, 29
We live in the great indoors: the vacuum cleaner
grazes over the carpet,
lowing, its udder a swollen
wobble. SeeAusten 43:88. Craig Anthony Raine 'An Inquiry intoTwo Inches of Ivory'.
If all the world and love were young, And truth in every
shepherd's tongue These pretty
pleasures might me move To live with thee
and be thy love. See Marlowe 553:17. Sir Walter Raleigh c.1592 'The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd', a response to Marlowe's 'The
Passionate Shepherd to His Love', attributed to Raleigh.
Si nolueris habitare cum turpidis, non habitatis Londonie. If you do not want
to live among wicked people, do not live in London. Richard of Devizes fl.c.1190 c.1192 Chronicle of Richard of Devizes of theTime of King Richard I.
She can talk beautifully about democracy but doesn't know how to live
democracy. (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt Of Madame Chiang
Kai-shek. Recalled on Mrs Roosevelt's death,7 Nov1962.
Men don't and can't live by exchanging articles, but
by producing them.
They don't live by trade, but by work. Give up that
foolish and vain title of Trades Unions; and take that of
Labourers' Unions. John Ruskin Open letter to EnglishTrades Unions, 29 Sep.
All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who
aren't respectable live beyond other peoples'. A few
gifted individuals manage to do both. Saki pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro The Chronicles of Clovis,'The Match-Maker'.
The people will live on. The learning and
blundering will live on. They will be tricked
and sold and again sold And go back to the
nourishing earth for rootholds. Carl Sandburg The People,Yes.
If I were fierce and bald and short of breath I'd live with
scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum
heroes up the line to death. Siegfried Louvain Sassoon 'Base Details'.
En toi je vis, o u' que tu sois absente; En moi je meurs, o
u' que je sois pre sent. Tant loin sois-tu,
toujours tu es pre sente; Pour pre' s que
sois, encore suis-je absent. I live in you,
wherever you are, when you are absent; I die in myself
wherever I am. No matter how
faraway you are, you are always present; And no matter how
near you are, I am always absent. Maurice Sce' ve De lie, no.144.
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 The Bride of Lammermoor, ch.3 (LucyAshton's song).
'I am a brigand: I live by robbing the rich.' 'I am a gentleman:
I live by robbing the poor.' George Bernard Shaw Mendoza andJohnTanner. Man and Superman, act 3.
[This] much curse I must send you, in the behalf of all poets, that while
you live, you live in love, and never get favour for lacking
skill of a sonnet, and, when you die, your memorydie
fromthe earth for want of an epigraph. Sir Philip Sidney The Defence of Poetry.
Artists are the only people in the world who really live. The others have to
hope for heaven. John French Sloan Recalled on his
death,7 Sep1951, and quoted in the Smithsonian, Apr1988.
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the
proceeds. Logan Pearsall Smith Afterthoughts,'Other People'.
Why does my Muse only speak when she is unhappy? She does not, I
only listen when I am unhappy When I am happy I
live and despise writing For my Muse this
cannot but be dispiriting. Stevie (Florence Margaret) Smith Selected Poems,'My Muse'.
People who are always praising the past And especially the
times of faith as best Ought to go and
live in the Middle Ages And be burnt at the
stake as witches and sages. Stevie (Florence Margaret) Smith NotWaving but Drowning,'The Past'.
They have no education, no taste for reading, no housewifery, nor,
indeed, any earthly occupation but that ofdressingtheirhair,
andadorningtheirbodies.Theyhate walking, and would
never go abroad, if they were not stimulated by the
vanityof being seen Nothing can be more parsimonious
than the economy of these people. They live upon soup
and bouille, fish and salad. Tobias George Smollett Of the nobility of Boulogne.Travels through France
It is best to live anyhow, as one may; do not be afraid of marriage with your
mother! Many have lain with their mothers in dreams
too. It is he to whom such things are nothing who puts up
with life best. Sophocles Jocasta to Oedipus,
her son and husband, before they both discover the truth
of the prophecy. OedipusTyrannus, 979^83 (translated by H
Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of
your life. Robert Southey The Doctor, ch.130.
One's prime is elusive.You little girls, when you grow up, must be
onthealertto recognise your primeat whatever time of your life it
may occur.You must live it to the full. Dame Muriel Sarah ne e Camberg Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, ch.1.
Who live under the shadow of war, What can I do that
matters? Sir Stephen Harold Spender 'Who Live Under the Shadow'.
One day I wrote her name upon the strand, But came the waves
and washe' d it away; Again I wrote it
with a second hand, But came the tide,
and made my pains his prey. 'Vain man,'said
she,'that doest in vain assay A mortal thing so
to immortalise, For I my self shall
like to this decay, And eke my name be wipe' d out
likewise.' 'Not so,'quod
I,'let baser things devise To die in dust, but
you shall live by fame: My verse your
virtues rare shall eternise, And in the heavens
write your glorious name. Where when as death
shall all the world subdue, Our love shall
live, and later life renew.' Edmund Spenser Amoretti, sonnet 75.
We live thetime that a match flickers; we pop the corkof a ginger-beer
bottle, and the earthquake swallows us on the instant. Is it
not odd, is it not incongruous, is it not, in the highest sense
of human speech, incredible, that we should think so
highly of the ginger-beer, and regard so little the
devouring earthquake? Robert Louis Stevenson Virginibus Puerisque,'AesTriplex'.
Every man desires to live long; but no manwould be old. Jonathan Swift Thoughts onVarious Subjects (enlarged edn).
Sleep; and if life was bitter to thee, pardon, If sweet, give
thanks; thou hast no more to live; And to give thanks
isgood, and to forgive. Algernon Charles Swinburne Poems and Ballads (2nd edn),'AveAtqueVale',
Live and lie reclined On the hills like
Gods together, careless of mankind. For they lie beside
their nectar, and the bolts are hurled Far below them in
the valleys, and the clouds are lightly curled Round their golden
houses, girdled with the gleaming world. Tennyson Poems,'The Lotos^Eaters', Choric Song, stanza 8,
Ask me no more: what answer should I give? I love not hollow
cheek or faded eye: Yet,O my friend, I
will not have thee die! Ask me no more,
lest I should bid thee live. Tennyson The Princess, pt.7, added song, stanza 2.
How to Live Well on Nothing aYear. William Makepeace Thackeray ^8 Vanity Fair, ch.36, title of chapter.
As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little
differencewhether youare committedtoa farm or the county jail.
Henry David Thoreau Walden, or Life in theWoods,'Where I Lived, andWhat
I Lived For'.
Iwenttothewoodsbecause Iwishedto live deliberately, to front only the
essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it
had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that
I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau Walden, or Life in theWoods,'Where I Lived, andWhat
I Lived For'.
We live and learn, and big mountains are stern
teachers. Bill (Harold William) Tilman Two Mountains and a River.
Les femmes et les hommes ne vivent pas sur le me" me plan. Women and men do
not live according to the same design. Boris Vian L'Arrache-c½ur.
But we live like our names and you would have to be colonial to
know the difference, to know the pain of
history words contain. Derek Alton Walcott The Star-Apple Kingdom,'The Schooner Flight', pt.6.
Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money
to do it with. Artemus pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne Ward ArtemusWard in London, and Other Papers,'Science
and Natural History'.
am happiest when I am idle. I could live for
months without performing any kind of labour, and at the
expiration of that time I should feel fresh and vigorous
enough togo right on inthesame way for numerous more
months. Artemus pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne Ward ArtemusWard in London, and Other
But there comes a time in everybody's life when he must decide whether
he'll live among human beings or nota fool among
fools or a fool alone. Thornton Niven Wilder The Matchmaker, act 4.
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 Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, prop 6.4311
(translated by Pears and
The horse that comes from the road, The rider, the
birds that range From cloud to
tumbling cloud, Minute by minute
they change; A shadow of cloud on the stream Changes minute by
minute; A horse-hoof slides
on the brim, And a horse plashes
within it; The long-legged
moor-hens dive, And hens to
moor-cocks call; Minute by minute
they live: The stone's in the
midst of all. W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats 'Easter1916', l.45^56. Collected in Michael
Robartes and the Dancer (1921).