Life 348 Life does not give us a great deal of time to think about what course of action we should take. "Life is fired at us point blank." Jose Ortega y Gasset. 1944. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Life 349 Words of wisdom mean nothing until we experience them in life. "Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced—even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it." Keats. 1819. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
63. Life 350 Live for the Day. "Nothing is worth more than this day." Goethe. Early 19th century. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Life 8 "To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die." Oscar Wilde. Portable Curmudgeon.
Life 9 A negative view of life. "Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, drops him, promises and betrays, and--crowning injury--inflicts on him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself." Paul Valéry. Portable Curmudgeon.
Life 62 A negative view of life. "Childhood: The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth—two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age." Ambrose Bierce. Portable Curmudgeon.
Life 64 A negative view of life. "A son of my own! Oh, no, no, no! Let my flesh perish with me, and let me not transmit to anyone the boredom and the ignominiousness of life." Gustave Falaubert. Portable Curmudgeon.
Life 65 A metaphor for life. "Everyone in the world is Christ and they are all crucified." Sherwood Anderson. Portable Curmudgeon.
Life 92 Our view of ourselves vs. how others see us. "The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us." Quentin Crisp. Portable Curmudgeon.
Life 140 Life is a bore. "The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore." H. L. Mencken. Portable Curmudgeon.