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





There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.


Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)


Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.


Paul Gauguin (1848-1903, French artist)


A life-worshipper's philosophy is comprehensive. He is at one moment a positivist and at another a mystic: now haunted by the thought of death and now a Dionysian child of nature; now a pessimist and now, with a change of lover or liver or even the weather, an exuberant believer that God's in his heaven and all's right with the world.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Nothing can be meaner than the anxiety to live on, to live on anyhow and in any shape; a spirit with any honor is not willing to live except in its own way, and a spirit with any wisdom is not over-eager to live at all.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


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