Quotations About / On:
The trouble is that no devastating or redeeming fires have ever burnt in my life.... My life began by flickering out.
(Ivan Goncharov (1812-1891), Russian novelist. Oblomov, in Oblomov, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1859), trans. by David Magarshak (1954).)
He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself.
(Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Suicide," The Second Sin (1973).)
Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "Modern Fiction," The Common Reader, First Series (1925).)
History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don't use the stuffwell, it might as well be dead.
(A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889-1975), British historian. Television broadcast, April 17, 1955, NBC-TV.)
"Life is a dangerous adventure," says the American; and he is half right: life is dangerous, but it's not an adventure.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 55, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
... if the production of any commodity necessitates the sacrifice of human life, society should do without that commodity, but it can not do without that life.
(Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 3 (1917).)
Nothing in life possesses value except the degree of powerassuming that life itself is the will to power.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 12, p. 215, selection 5, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished note dating to Summer 1886Fall 1887, series on "European Nihilism," section 10 (June 10, 1887).)
The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble.
(Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "The Destructive Character," Frankfurter Zeitung (Nov. 20, 1931).)
In comedy, reconcilement with life comes at the point when to the tragic sense only an inalienable difference or dissension with life appears.
(Constance Rourke (1885-1941), U.S. author. American Humor, ch. 8 (1931).)
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
(George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," Shooting an Elephant (1950).)