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Comment#  ·   Fair (148 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.

Clarence Darrow, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (447 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Middle age is youth without levity. And old age without decay.

Daniel Defoe, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (127 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Hard reality has a way of cramping your style.

Daniel Dennett, in Life and Death and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (368 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.

Phyllis Diller, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (153 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I kept on digging the hole deeper and deeper looking for the treasure chest until I finally lifted my head, looked up and realised that I had dug my own grave.

Dominic, (on the psychology of a gambler), in Life and Death and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (202 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Too much credit is given to the end result. The true lesson is in the struggle that takes place between the dream and reality. That struggle is a thing called life!

Garth Brooks, in Life and Death and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (128 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.

Jean de la Bruyère, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (444 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.

Buddha, (last words), in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (894 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 by Brad Johnson

I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.

Jimmy Buffett, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (138 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Death meant little to me. It was the last joke in a series of bad jokes.

Charles Bukowski, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (433 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't feel good.

Luther Burbank, (dying words), in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (164 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.

Samuel Butler, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In our society, any man who doesn't cry at his mother's funeral is liable to be condemned to death.

Albert Camus, The Stranger, in Life and Death

The Stranger (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (151 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.

Elias Canetti, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (334 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.

James Carse, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (141 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

After I'm dead, I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.

Marcus Porcius Cato, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (168 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In the end, everything is a gag.

Charlie Chaplin, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (318 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.

Anton Chekhov, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (199 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternatives.

Maurice Chevalier, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (195 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway.

Steven Coallier, in Life and Death

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