"Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man."

Thomas Fuller







Life Quotes and Proverbs

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
- Samuel Butler

woman looking at hour glass
Think naught a trifle, though it small appear:
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.
- Edward Young

The best condition in life is to be not so rich as to be envied nor so poor as to be damned.
- Josh Billings

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.
- Socrates

Life is like a chariot-wheel that ever rolls along.
- Anacreon

For this I see, that we, all we that live,
Are but vain shadows, unsubstantial dreams.
- Sophocles

Every noble life leaves its fibre interwoven forever in the work of the world.
- John Ruskin

We are here to add what we can to, not what we can get from, life.
- Sir William Osler

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

game board   With most men life is like backgammon - half skill and half luck.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

We should employ our passions in the service of life, not spend life in the service of our passions.
Richard Steele

If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it - Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers!
- Homer Simpson

Life always take on the character of its motive.
- J. G . Holland

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
- Marcus Aurelius

It's a very short trip. While alive, live.
- Malcolm Forbes

Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves and with others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life, like a dome of many colored glass,
Stains the white radiance of eternity.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives.
- Annie Dillard

- Deem every day of your life as a leaf in your history.

One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.
- Josh Billings

Man is not made to understand life, but to live it.
- George Santayana

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but playing a poor hand well.
- Robert Lewis Stevenson

The life of action is nobler than the life of thought.
- Dinah Maria Craik

While life lasts let us enjoy it.
- Latin Proverb

girl enjoying life on a swing


Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a beer bottle,
they're on TV.
- Homer Simpson

All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue!
- Edmund Burke

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
- William Shakespeare

Life, like some cities, is full of blind alleys, leading nowhere; the great art is to keep out of them.
- Bovee

Knowledge, love, power - there is complete life.
- Amiel

Man's life is a progress, not a station.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a light before the wind.
- Japanese Proverb

Life is like the moon; now dark, now full.
Polish Proverb

Life passes through us; we do not possess it.
- Amiel

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.
- Henry Ward Beecher

He most lives who thinks the most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
- Philip James Bailey

In a life which has meaning in it, past and future sustain each other.
- Charles Henry Parkhurst

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.
- Sir H. Davy

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