„Any soldier will tell you, if he tells the truth, that proximity to death brings with it a corresponding proximity to life. After a firefight, there is always the immense pleasure of aliveness. The trees are alive. the grass, the soil — everything. All around you things are purely living, and you among them, and the aliveness makes you tremble.“
— Tim O'Brien 1946
— Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living
From a speech entitled Come September http://ada.evergreen.edu/~arunc/texts/politics/comeSeptember.pdf.
„Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person.“
— Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
„There are times when it will go so wrong that you will barely be alive, and times when you realise that being barely alive, on your own terms, is better than living a bloated half-life on someone else's terms.“
— Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
„I can't shake off the idea that after death you keep being alive. That to be dead is to live an endless nightmare.“
— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
„Difficult and easy-going, pleasant and churlish, you are at the same time: I can neither live with you nor without you.“
— Martial Latin poet from Hispania 40 - 104
Difficilis facilis iucundus acerbus es idem: Nec possum tecum vivere nec sine te. XII, 46 Variant translation: Difficult or easy, pleasant or bitter, you are the same you: I cannot live with you—or without you. Compare: "Thus I can neither live with you nor without you", Ovid, Amores, Book III, xib, 39