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





What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


No man who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


My life's work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.


Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-, Soviet President (1988-91))


Life is supposed to get tough.


Kelsey Grammer (1955-, American actor)


Grateful for the blessing lent of simple tastes and mind content!


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many fold in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


As youth lives in the future, so the adult lives in the past: No one rightly knows how to live in the present.


Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872, Austrian dramatic poet)


Washington is a city of people doing badly what should not be done at all.


Robert Gurney


Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies.


Adrienne Gusoff


The way we treat another human being is the way we treat our Lord. That doesn't need further explanation as much as it needs contemplation.


John P. Hahn


Every day is a little life... live every day as if it would be the last. Those that dare lose a day are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it are desperate.


Joseph Hall (1574-1656, British clergyman, writer)


Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddied? You are the one who must grow up.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


May you live as long as you want and not want as long as you live.


Tom Hanks (1956-, American actor, director, screenwriter)


A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men -- and people in general.


Lorraine Hansbury


There is only one way to come into this world; there are too many ways to leave it.


Donald Harington


When I hear somebody sigh that "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


Life flows on within you and without you.


George Harrison (1943-, British-born American musician, guitarist, singer, actor, film and record)


The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning -- in other words, of absurdity -- the more energetically meaning is sought.


Vaclav Havel (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


Life is made up of marble and mud.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.


S. I. Hayakawa (1902-1992, Canadian born American senator, educator)


The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.


Helen Hayes (1900-1993, American actress)


So in all these little ways we spin a web, a cocoon, around ourselves. The cocoon becomes nice and snug and comfortable because it is very familiar. We know every little corner of our life; we can even write poetry about it. We may also have ideas about the "great mystery" which religions speak of, which gives our cocoon an especial sense of security: we can worship the great mystery outside of it and feel good about that. The cocoon is safe, bounded, claustrophobic, and a little stale. We settle into it and live our lives.


Jeremy W. Hayward


I can't be bitter. No one has a contract on life.


David M. Heath


Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Living well is the best revenge.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


In soft regions are born soft men.


Herodotus (BC 484-425, Greek historian)


It is a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to a waiter.


Don Herold


There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.


Don Herold


The person lives twice who lives the first life well.


Robert Herrick (1591-1674, British poet)


Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me to live.


Alexander Herzen (1812-1870, Russian journalist, political thinker)


Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.


Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972, Polish educator, author)


The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, and love. They do not require coupons.


George T. Hewitt


There is a time of life somewhere between the sullen fugues of adolescence and the retrenchments of middle age when human nature becomes so absolutely absorbing one wants to be in the city constantly, even at the height of summer.


Edward Hoagland (1932-, American novelist, essayist)


In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you're told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.


Simon Hoggart


Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.


Thomas L. Holdcroft


The person who does not know how to live while they are making a living is a poorer person after their wealth is won than when they started.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.


Ernest Holmes


Today, you have 100% of your life left.


Tom Hopkins (1944-, American sales trainer, speaker, author)


He has not lived badly whose birth and death have been unnoticed by the world.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


To have a full stomach and fixed income are no small things .


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.


Shirley Hufstedler


Life is a flower of which love is the honey.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Life is a voyage.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination


Christopher Isherwood


Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.


Danny Kaye (1913-1987, American stage, film, television entertainer)


This is what is sad when one contemplates human life, that so many live out their lives in quiet lostness... they live, as it were, away from themselves and vanish like shadows. Their immortal souls are blown away, and they are not disquieted by the question of its immortality, because they are already disintegrated before they die.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Those who live are those who fight.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.


David Hume (1711-1776, Scottish philosopher, historian)


We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


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)


The great end of life is not knowledge but action.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks.


Ada Louise Huxtable


We Japanese enjoy the small pleasures, not extravagance. I believe a man should have a simple lifestyle -- even if he can afford more.


Massaru Ibuka


Half my life is an act of revision.


John Irving (1942-, American author)


Once you've done the mental work, there comes a point you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line. That means not only being brave, but being compassionate towards yourself, your teammates and your opponents.


Phil Jackson


But look what we have built low-income projects that become worse centers of delinquency, vandalism and general social hopelessness than the slums they were supposed to replace. Cultural centers that are unable to support a good bookstore. Civic centers that are avoided by everyone but bums. Promenades that go from no place to nowhere and have no promenaders. Expressways that eviscerate great cities. This is not the rebuilding of cities. This is the sacking of cities.


Jane Jacobs (1916-, American urban theorist, author)


Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had?


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present. Most of us spend fifty-nine minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done (both utterly useless and weakening) or in a future which we either long for or dread. There is only one minute in which you are alive: this minute, here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable minute, which is exactly what it is -- a miracle and unrepeatable.


Storm Jameson (1891-1986, British writer)


Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


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)


Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.


David Starr Jordan (1851-1931, American biologist, educator)


Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books, but lives in our very blood?


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


It is the eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that, where one members suffers, all the members suffer with it.


Junius (1769-1771, Anonymous British letter writer)


All things may be bought in Rome with money.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost.


Murray Kempton (1917-1997, American author and columnist)


Life is unfair.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war, and some men are wounded, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or personal life to assure complete equality.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


All of life is a foreign country.


Jack Kerouac (1922-1969, American author)


Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.


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


'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)


Life is short; live it up.


Nikita S. Khrushchev (1894-1971, Soviet premier)


It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived -- forwards. The more one ponders this, the more it comes to mean that life in the temporal existence never becomes quite intelligible, precisely because at no moment can I find complete quiet to take the backward-looking position.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.


Paul Klee (1879-1940, Swiss artist)


To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment, and to be reborn in each new one.


Jack Kornfield


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