The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy – I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
One man in his time plays many parts.
He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.
One returns to the place one came from.
Jean de la Fontaine
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
At any given moment life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, tending in a certain direction.
Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
For he who lives more lives than one, more deaths than one must die.
It is better to wear out than to rust out.
My advice to those who are about to begin, in earnest, the journey of life, is to take their heart in one hand and a club in the other.
One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.
Madame de Stael
All of life is more or less what the French would call s’imposer – to be able to create one’s own terms for what one does.
The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.
Real life seems to have no plots.