Thursday, October 23, 2008

Quotes: Life (1)

Life 1330 "With so little time to live, I do not choose to waste any of it in sleep." “The Minotaur” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales.

Life 1368 "You must make a grave here, and lay your mother’s weary frame into it; my pilgrimage is over." “The Dragon’s Teeth” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales

Life 334 "Every human being lives with unrealized dreams and unfulfilled objectives." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Life 1225 Even the young grow old sooner than they expect. "The children, moreover, who before seemed immortal in their childhood, now grew older, day by day, and came soon to be youths and maidens, and men and women by-and-by, and aged people…." “The Paradise of Children” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Life 1286 The ability to wait is a hard lesson to learn. "How hard a lesson it is to wait! Our life is brief and how much of it is spent in teaching us only this!" “The Chimera” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Life 606 They are happy who learn the riddle of life without wasting a life time to learn it. "Happy they who read the riddle without a weary world-search, or a lifetime spent in vain." Hawthorne: Hawthorne: “The Threefold Destiny: A Fairy Legend”

Life 613 His daily life and his death were at odds. "I glance at these minute particulars of his daily life, because they form so strange a contrast with the circumstances of his death." Hawthorne: “Jonathan Cilley

Life 743 The joys of life that will some day be annihilated. "The fragrance of flowers, and of new-mown hay; the genial warmth of sunshine, and the beauty of a sunset among clouds; the comfort and cheerful glow of the fireside; the deliciousness of fruits and all good cheer; the magnificence of mountains, and seas, and cataracts, and the softer charm of rural scenery; even the fast-falling snow, and the gray atmosphere through which it descends—all these, and innumerable other enjoyable things of earth, must perish with her…it is not that I so much object to giving up these enjoyments, on my own account…but I hate to think that they will have been eternally annihilated from the list of joys." Hawthorne: “The Hall of Fantasy”

Life 762 When the world starts over again, there will be no reminiscences. "…the new Adam and Eve, who, having no reminiscences…are content to live and be happy in the present." Hawthorne: “The New Adam and Eve”

Life 812 The modern (easy) vs. the traditional (hard) way of life. "The passengers being all comfortably seated, we now rattled away merrily, accomplishing a greater distance in ten minutes than Christian [of Pilgrim’s Progress] probably trudged over in a day; it was laughable…to observe two dusty foot-travelers, in the old pilgrim guise, with cockle-shell and staff; their mystic rolls of parchment in their hands, and their intolerable burdens on their backs…preposterous obstinacy of these honest people in persisting to groan and stumble along the difficult pathway, rather than take advantage of modern improvements [the railway]…greeted the two pilgrims with many pleasant gibes and a roar of laughter…enveloped them in an atmosphere of scalding steam." Hawthorne: "The Celestial Rail-Road"

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