Quotations About
life

Glenn: Admit it, you only came back to Atlanta for the hat.
Rick Grimes: Don’t tell anybody.
Daryl Dixon: You’ve given away half our guns and ammo.
Glenn: Not nearly half.
Daryl Dixon: For what? A bunch of old farts who are gonna die off momentarily anyhow? Seriously, how long do you think they got?
Glenn: How long do any of us?

Vatos (season 1, episode 4)
Posted in: The Walking Dead

The truest lengthening of life is to live while we live, wasting no time but using every hour for the highest ends. So be it this day.

Faith's Checkbook entry for June 22.

Det. Mike Kellerman: There’s no absolutes in life; only in vodka.

Renton: Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest morgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure-wear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrasment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life. But why would I want to do a thing like that?

Posted in: Trainspotting

Coach Taylor: Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable and we will all at some point in our lives fall; we will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts…that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us and that when it is taken from us we will be tested…we will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times…it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves.

Life is like a grapefruit. It’s sort of orangy-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It’s got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have half a one for breakfast.

If you live life right, death is a joke as far as fear is concerned.

Posted in: Will Rogers

Renton: Now I’ve justified this to myself in all sorts of ways. It wasn’t a big deal, just a minor betrayal. Or we’d outgrown each other, you know, that sort of thing. But let’s face it, I ripped them off – my so called mates. But Begbie, I couldn’t give a shite about him. And Sick Boy, well, he’d have done the same to me, if he’d only thought of it first. And Spud, well okay, I felt sorry for Spud – he never hurt anybody. So why did I do it? I could offer a million answers – all false. The truth is that I’m a bad person. But, that’s gonna change – I’m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the fucking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by, looking ahead, the day you die.

Posted in: Trainspotting

Garland Green: What if I told you insane was working a 50-hour week for fifty years, at the end of which they tell you to piss off. Ending up in some retirement village, hoping to die rather than suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time. Wouldn’t you consider that to be insane?

Posted in: Con Air

Mitch: Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly. When you’re a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do. Your twenties are a blur. Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, “what happened to my twenties?” Your forties, you grow a little pot belly you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother. Your fifties you have a minor surgery. You’ll call it a procedure, but it’s a surgery. Your sixties you have a major surgery, the music is still loud but it doesn’t matter because you can’t hear it anyway. Seventies, you and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale, you start eating dinner at two, lunch around ten, breakfast the night before. And you spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the ultimate in soft yogurt and muttering “how come the kids don’t call?” By your eighties, you’ve had a major stroke, and you end up babbling to some Jamaican nurse who your wife can’t stand but who you call Mama. Any questions?

Posted in: City Slickers

There is only one success… to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Where the Blue Begins (1922)

All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.

Time and Tide (1941)
Posted in: Rebecca West

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
Posted in: Dr. Seuss

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.

Quoted in A Living Architecture : Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Architects (2000) by John Rattenbury

Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse.

A Man Without A Country
Posted in: Kurt Vonnegut

When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.

Posted in: Twilight

Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination.

Posted in: Bryant McGill

I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.

Posted in: T.S. Eliot

The important thing is to get yourself born. You’re entitled to that. But you’re not entitled to life. Because if you were entitled to life, then the life would have to be quantified. How many years? Seventy? Sixty? Shakespeare was dead at fifty-two. Keats was dead at twenty-six. Thomas Chatterton at seventeen.

The Clockwork Testament, or Enderby's End (1974)
Posted in: Anthony Burgess

It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end.

As I Lay Dying (1930)
Posted in: William Faulkner

At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.

Tar Baby (1981)
Posted in: Toni Morrison

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.

I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

John Clasky: If you think your life is at a crossroads: you are.

Posted in: Spanglish

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the colour in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty, and your animal spirits, and you will pass for a fine man.

"On The Conduct of Life" (1822)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.

"Common Places," No. 1, The Literary Examiner (September - December 1823)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

Well, I’ve had a happy life.

Last words (1830-09-18), quoted by his grandson, William Carew Hazlitt, in Memoirs of William Hazlitt (1867)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

All that is worth remembering in life, is the poetry of it.

Lectures on the English Poets (1818)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

The strange thing about life is that though the nature of it must have been apparent to every one for hundreds of years, no one has left any adequate account of it. The streets of London have their map; but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?

Jacob's Room (1922)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

We may enjoy our room in the tower, with the painted walls and the commodious bookcases, but down in the garden there is a man digging who buried his father this morning, and it is he and his like who live the real life and speak the real language.

The Common Reader (1925)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.

Man and Superman (1903)

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)

I’ll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious. Or perhaps I’ll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then—who knows?—rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too.

Quoted in "In Victorian days and other papers" By Sir David Oswald Hunter-Blair (1939)
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

This quote is attributed / unsourced.
Posted in: Stella Adler

Number Six: Are you alive?
Military Liaison: Yes.
Number Six: Prove it.

Miniseries, Part 1

William Wallace: Every man dies, not every man really lives.

Posted in: Braveheart

Adama: Are they the lucky ones? That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? We’re a long way from home. We’ve jumped way beyond the Red Line, into uncharted space. Limited supplies, limited fuel. No allies, and now, no hope? Maybe it would have been better for us to have died quickly, back on the Colonies with our families, instead of dying out here slowly, in the emptiness of dark space. Where shall we go? What shall we do? Life here began out there.

Miniseries, Part 2

Det. Frank Pembleton: Life would be perfect, if it was just kids and dogs.

Life’s a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.

Posted in: Wilson Mizner

I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life but that great consciousness of life.

Journal entry (November 1951)
Posted in: Jack Kerouac

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

Cosmos (1980)
Posted in: Carl Sagan

Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.

Hyperion (1839)

Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.

Letter to Alan Harrington (1949)
Posted in: Jack Kerouac

All of life is a foreign country.

Letter (24 June 1949)
Posted in: Jack Kerouac

Life is so short. Why waste a single day of it doing something that doesn’t matter, that doesn’t try to do something big?

Iconoclasts: Isabella Rosselini & Dean Kamen (2006)
Posted in: Dean Kamen

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Meditations (c. 161–180 CE) Book IV
Posted in: Marcus Aurelius

Watson: People don’t have archenemies.
Holmes: What?
Watson: In real life. People don’t have archenemies.
Holmes: That sounds a bit dull. So what do people have in their real lives?
Watson: Friends, people they like, people they don’t like, boyfriends, girlfriends.
Holmes: Like I said, dull.

A Study in Pink (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Sherlock

I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

Gaff: It’s too bad she won’t live! But then again, who does?

Posted in: Blade Runner

Don Draper: The reason you haven’t felt it is because it doesn’t exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Mad Men

Believe in the holy contour of life

"Belief & Technique For Modern Prose: List of Essentials" in a letter to Don Allen (1958)
Posted in: Jack Kerouac