Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence only increases in an arithmetical ratio.
Thomas Robert Malthus
Real life is to most men, a long second best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.
Sometimes I wish life had a fast-forward button.
The character of human life, like the character of the human condition, like the character of all life, is “ambiguity”: the inseparable mixture of good and evil, the true and false, the creative and destructive forces – both individual and social.
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate and is sometimes equally convenient.
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is the example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without and to depart.
The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone – but never hustled.
The loveliest of trees, the cherry now is hung with bloom along the bough, and stands about the woodland ride wearing white for Eastertide.
A. E. Housman
The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
The world is made up of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
There are days when it takes all you’ve got just to keep up with the losers.
This is the Law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive; That surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive.
Robert W. Service
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap.
George Bernard Shaw
We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.
When the world has once begun to use us ill, and afterwards continues the same treatment with less scruple or ceremony, as men do to a whore.