More and more mankind will discover that we have to turn to poetry to interpret life for us, to console us, to sustain us. Without poetry our science will appear incomplete; and most of what now passes for religion and philosophy will be replaced by poetry.
George Arnold 1834-65 ‘Essays in Criticism’ Second Series (1888) ‘The Study of Poetry’
Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life.
George Arnold 1834-65 ‘Essays in Criticism’ Second Series (1888) ‘Wordsworth’
My life will be sour grapes and ashes without you.
Daisy Ashford 1881-1972 ‘The Young Visiters’ (1919) ch. 8
The world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don’t mind some people dying all the time or maybe only starving some of the time which isn’t half so bad if it isn’t you.
A tragedy means always a man’s struggle with that which is stronger than man.
G. K. Chesterton
After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
I like life. It’s something to do. Somewhere on this globe every 10 seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.
Cats and monkeys – monkeys and cats – all human life is there.
Clay lies still but blood’s a rover; Breath’s a ware that will not keep Up, lad; when the journey’s over There’ll be time enough to sleep.
A. E. Housman
Don’t do things to not die, do things to enjoy living. The by-product may be not dying.
Bernie S. Siegel
Every man’s road in life is marked by the graves of his personal likings.
Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught Hell for.
I haven’t heard of anybody who wants to stop living on account of the cost.
F. McKinney Hubbard
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
If there is another world, he lives in bliss If there is none, he made the best of this.
If way to the Better there be, it exacts a full look at the Worst.