An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.


Book of Common Prayer (Liturgy of the Anglican Church)


Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is... For me, that balance is family, work, and service.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


'Tis all a Checker-board of Nights and days where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays: Hither and thither moves, and mates and slays, and one by one back in the Closet lays.


Omar Khayyam (1048-1131, Persian astronomer, poet)


Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Death does determine life. Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous. However, to be sincere I must add that for me death is important only if it is not justified and


Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975, Italian filmmaker, author)


No rose is without thorns.


Afghani Proverb


A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


I know the answer! The answer lies within the heart of all mankind! The answer is twelve? I think I'm in the wrong building.


Charles Shulz


When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cried and you rejoice.


Old Indian Saying


As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.


Hester Piozzi Thrale (1741-1821, British writer)


Nothing is truer in a sense than a funeral oration: It tells precisely what dead man should have been.


Gustave Vapereau


Life is the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority.


Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)


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