„I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.“
— Erich Maria Remarque German novelist 1898 - 1970
Context: It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit. In a bomb-proof dugout I might have been smashed to atoms, and in the open survive ten hours' bombardment unscathed. No soldier survives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck. Ch. 6
— Leó Szilárd Physicist and biologist 1898 - 1964
Context: I sometimes have the feeling that I have lived through all this before and, in a sense, I have. I was sixteen years old when the first World War broke out, and I lived at that time in Hungary. From reading the newspapers in Hungary, it would have appeared that, whatever Austria and Germany did was right and whatever England, France, Russia, or America did was wrong. A good case could be made out for this general thesis, in almost every single instance. It would have been difficult for me to prove, in any single instance, that the newspapers were wrong, but somehow, it seemed to me unlikely that the two nations located in the center of Europe should be invariably right, and that all the other nations should be invariably wrong. History, I reasoned, would hardly operate in such a peculiar fashion, and it didn't take long until I began to hold views which were diametrically opposed to those held by the majority of my schoolmates.
— Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Act IV, scene iii.
„I've been learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning them again.“
— Don Henley American singer, lyricist, producer and drummer 1947
"The Heart of the Matter"
„Sometimes, I feel like I can do anything, and, sometimes, I'm so alive, sometimes, I feel like I could zoom across the sky and, sometimes, I wanna cry.“
— Michael Franti American rapper 1966
Sometimes, Stay Human (2001)
„I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen, and am obliged to desist from the experiment in despair.“
— Charles Lamb English essayist 1775 - 1834
— Will Christopher Baer American writer 1966
„I got these questions always running through my head. So many things that I would like to understand. If we are born to die and we all die to live, then whats the point of living life if it just contradicts?“
— Ronnie Radke American singer 1983
In the song "The Drug in Me Is You"
„I'd just be the catcher in the rye, and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy.“
— Jerome David Salinger American writer 1919 - 2010
Context: Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye, and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy.
„Sometimes I have a feeling, when I look back on my life, that all I’ve been through has prepared me perfectly for just what I’m doing now.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
„I have travelled across the universe through the years to find her. Sometimes going all the way is just a start...“
— Jim Steinman American musician 1947
Opening caption to the video for "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)" (1993)