Quotations About / On: LIFE

  • 71.
    The true preacher can be known by this, that he deals out to the people his life,—life passed through the fire of thought.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)
  • 72.
    A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
    (John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).)
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  • 73.
    The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.
    (Grace Paley (b. 1922), U.S. story writer, poet, and peace activist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 1, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).)
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  • 74.
    The consciousness in each man is a sliding scale, which identifies him now with the First Cause, and now with the flesh of his body; life above life, in infinite degrees.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 75.
    As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, LV (1887).)
  • 76.
    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).)
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  • 77.
    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).)
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  • 78.
    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).)
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  • 79.
    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).)
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  • 80.
    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).)
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