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Life And Living Quotes

The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.

Author: Corrie Ten Boom

Profession: Dutch Evangelist

It is not how many years we live, but rather what we do with them.

Author: Evangeline Cory Booth


There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?

Author: George Borrow (1803-1881)

Profession: British Author

The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.

Author: Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)

Profession: Conductor, Composer, Teacher

Youth is too tumultuous for felicity; old age too insecure for happiness. The period most favorable to enjoyment, in a vigorous, fortunate, and generous life, is that between forty and sixty.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.

Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet

What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence.

Author: Joseph Brodsky (1940)

Profession: Russian-born American Poet, Critic

Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.

Author: Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Profession: American Minister, Poet

The tragedy of life is not that a man loses, but that he almost wins.

Author: Heywood Broun (1888-1939)

Profession: American Journalist, Novelist

I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.

Author: Les Brown (1945)

Profession: American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer

Life is a glass given to us to fill; a busy life is filling it with as much as it can hold; a hurried life has had more poured into it than it can contain.

Author: William Adams Brown


I count life just a stuff to try the soul's strength on.

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.

Author: Buddha (568-488 BC)

Profession: Founder of Buddhism

On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.

Author: Buddha (568-488 BC)

Profession: Founder of Buddhism

Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.

Author: Frederick Buechner