Quotations About / On:
Human life is beyond comprehension.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi, pt. I (1952).)
A life is more valuable than a penis.
(Lisa Kemler, U.S. attorney. Newsweek, p. 19 (January 24, 1994).
Lorena Bobbitt's attorney, arguing for her client who severed her husband's penis, which was later reattached.)
With renunciation life begins.
(Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919), Anglo-American novelist. All the Days of My Life, ch. 9 (1913).)
Ideas too are a life and a world.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
The suburbs: signs of life, but no proofs.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
Life's too short for chess.
(Henry J. Byron (1834-1884), British dramatist. Talbot Champneys, in Our Boys, act 1.)
In this mortal life, nothing is blessed throughout.
(François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. The potentate, in Fourth Book, ch. 44, p. 640, Pleiade edition (1995).)
What was life?
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 274-275, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
Hans Castorp's repeated question in his search for the primal matter and meaning of life.)
Life begins at forty.
(Walter B. Pitkin (1878-1953), U.S. author. Life Begins at Forty (book title) (1932).)
The poorest He that is in England hath a life to live as the greatest He.
(Thomas Raineborough (d. 1648), British Puritan soldier, politician. Speech, October 29, 1647, Putney, England, during the "Army debates.")