Quotations About / On:
We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 17 (1891).)
The astonishment of life, is, the absence of any appearance of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Montaigne; or, the Skeptic," Representative Men (1850).)
The life of a wise man is most of all extemporaneous, for he lives out of an eternity which includes all time.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 332, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.
(Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, "Délires I," (originally published 1874).)
Don't tell me that you have exhausted Life. When a man says that, one knows that life has exhausted him.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lady Narborough, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 15 (1891).)
The intellectual life may be kept clean and healthful, if man will live the life of nature, and not import into his mind difficulties which are none of his.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Spiritual Laws," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
Now ... that you are going to marry, do not expect more from life, than life will afford."
(Samuel Johnson (1704-1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, Nov. 10, 1769, p. 430, Oxford University Press (1980).
Said to Boswell.)
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On the Cryptic and the Elliptic," All Things Considered (1908).)
It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. The Way of All Flesh, ch. 5 (1903).)
I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Dec. 3, 1907. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).)