Quotes About Living

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Chuck Klosterman
“When you start thinking about what your life was like 10 years ago--and not in general terms, but in highly specific detail--it's disturbing to realize how certain elements of your being are completely dead. They die long before you do. It's astonishing to consider all the things from your past that used to happen all the time but (a) never happen anymore, and (b) never even cross your mind. It's almost like those things didn't happen. Or maybe it seems like they just happened to someone else. To someone you don't really know. To someone you just hung out with for one night, and now you can't even remember her name.”
Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

Mervyn Peake
“To live at all is miracle enough.”
Mervyn Peake, Collected Poems

C. JoyBell C.
“Do you really believe in destiny?" "How can I not believe in destiny, when there is no difference between my memories and my dreams at night? There's no difference between their reality. And if I dream something first, I remember it later when I am actually walking in the place or looking at the person I first dreamed of. Days later. Or years later. Destiny~ she walks with me.”
C. JoyBell C.

Havelock Ellis
“‎All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
Havelock Ellis

David Moody
“Surviving is one thing," he said quietly, his voice suddenly calmer, "but you've got to have a reason to do it. There's no point in living if you don't have anything worth living for.”
David Moody, Autumn

L.M. Montgomery
“There isn't any such thing as an ordinary life. (92)”
L.M. Montgomery, Emily Climbs

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
“Every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go - backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough.”
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, Overcoming the Challenges of Life

Stephen Levine
“We are motivated more by aversion to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain we, and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive. (43)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

Karen Armstrong
“[T]he family is a school of compassion because it is here that we learn to live with other people. (68)”
Karen Armstrong, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Steve Maraboli
“When you are just EXISTING, life happens to you… and you manage; when you are truly LIVING, you happen to life… and you lead.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Look, I am living. On what? Neither
childhood nor future
lessens . . . . Superabundant existence
wells in my heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

Fernando Pessoa
“I realize that I was all error and deviation, that I never lived, that I existed only in so far as I filled time with consciousness and thought.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Albert Camus
“I felt as though I was partly unlearning what i had never learned and yet knew so well: I mean, how to live.”
Albert Camus, The Fall

“whatever you do
be gentle with yourself.
you don’t just live
in this world
or your home
or your skin.
you also live
in someone’s eyes.”
Sanober Khan

“How easy to be a bird or an animal, living from day to day, unaware you're alive, unaware that one day you will die.”
Rachel Ward, Numbers

Samuel Butler
“Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime”
Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh

Mervyn Peake
“Life is too fleet for onomatopoeia.”
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

“BEWARE OF THOSE

Beware of those who are bitter,
For they will never allow you
To enjoy your fruit.

Beware of those who criticize you
When you deserve some praise for an achievement,
For they secretly desire to be worshiped.

Beware of those who are needy or stingy,
For they would rather sting you
Than give you anything.

Beware of those who are always hungry,
For they will feed you to the wolves
Just to get paid.

Beware of those who speak negatively
About everything and everybody,
For a negative person will never say
A positive thing about you.

Beware of those who are bored
And not passionate about life,
For they will bore you with reasons
For not living.

Beware of those who are too focused with
Polishing and beautifying their outer shells,
For they lack true substance to understand
That genuine beauty is in the heart
That resides inside.

Beware of those who step in the path of your dreams,
For they only dream to have the ability
To take half your steps.

Beware of those who steer you away
From your heart’s true happiness,
For it would make them happy to see you
Steer yourself next to them,
Sitting with both your hearts bitter.

Those who are critical don’t like being criticized,
And those who are insensitive have a deficiency in their senses.

And finally,
Beware of those who tell you to BEWARE.
They are too aware of everything –
And live alone, scared.

Poetry by Suzy Kassem”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Julia Cameron
“Sometimes the dying live more fiercely and wisely than the rest of us. (146)”
Julia Cameron, God is No Laughing Matter

Ted Hughes
“And that's how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you.”
Ted Hughes

Brian L. Weiss
“We are frightfully concerned with our own deaths, sometimes so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives”
Brian L. Weiss, Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Shannon Hale
“I wonder if everyone who faces death hurts like this. It's as though for the first time I realize how much just being alive makes my body ache. But I don't want that ache to stop.”
Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

C.S. Lewis
“But how can the characters in a play guess the plot? We are not the playwright, we are not the producer, we are not even the audience. We are on the stage. To play well the scenes in which we are "on" concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it.”
C.S. Lewis

Dan Simmons
“Its hard to die. Harder to live”
Dan Simmons, The Fall of Hyperion

“Regardless of your chosen faith, at the end of your life's journey, your heart will be measured in two ways. One, the weight of your conscience must far outweigh the weight of a feather. Two, any impurities in your heart must weigh no more than one feather. The purer your heart, the lighter your spirit will be. The lighter your spirit, the closer to light it will float. The closer to light it is permitted to go, the higher it will float. The higher it floats, the closer to God you will be. Heaven has seven layers. The vibrations of your good deeds, which will be reflected by the weight of your conscience and the purity of your heart, will determine the layer in which your soul will reside. Your goal is to make your heart as light as a feather. The heavier the heart, the more chained to this hell it will remain.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Vera Nazarian
“Since the dawn of existence, you mortals have feared dying, feared the unknown and the pain of it, and yet, pain is a part of life, not death. And I—I am the first moment after pain ceases,” he [Death] pronounced. “It is life that fights and struggles and rages; life, that tears at you in its last agonizing throes to hold on, even if but for one futile instant longer... Whereas I, I come softly when it is all done. Pain and death are an ordered sequence, not a parallel pair. So easy to confuse the correlations, not realizing that one does not bring the other.”
Vera Nazarian, Cobweb Bride

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Birds of Passage

Osamu Dazai
“When I pretended to be precocious, people started the rumor that I was precocious. When I acted like an idler, rumor had it I was an idler. When I pretended I couldn't write a novel, people said I couldn't write. When I acted like a liar, they called me a liar. When I acted like a rich man, they started the rumor I was rich. When I feigned indifference, they classed me as the indifferent type. But when I inadvertently groaned because I was really in pain, they started the rumor that I was faking suffering. The world is out of joint.”
Osamu Dazai, The Setting Sun

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Who is there today who still cares about a well-finished death? No one. Even the rich, who could after all afford this luxury, are beginning to grow lazy and indifferent; the desire to have a death of one's own is becoming more and more rare. In a short time it will be as rare as a life of one's own.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

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