„A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
1870s, Society and Solitude (1870), Works and Days
„I strove with none, for none was worth my strife;
Nature I loved; and next to Nature, Art.
I warmed both hands before the fire of life;
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.“
— Walter Savage Landor British writer 1775 - 1864
I Strove with None (1853). The work is identified in Bartlett's Quotations, 10th edition (1919) as Dying Speech of an old Philosopher. Quoted in W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor's Edge, The Blakiston Company, Philadelphia, 1944, p. 161.
„They say The Pacific has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.“
— Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons
„My Brother went to college
To become a doctor
And if he studies hard enough
He'll end up just like papa, who hates his life.“
— Conor Oberst American musician 1980
A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997 (1998), Saturday as Usual
„Alas! it is not till time, with reckless hand, has torn out half the leaves from the Book of Human Life to light the fires of passion with from day to day, that man begins to see that the leaves which remain are few in number.“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, livro Hyperion
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Hyperion, book iv. Chap. viii.
„Now he lives in the islands, fishes the pilin's
And drinks his green label each day,
He's writing his memoirs and losing his hearing,
But he don't care what most people say.
Through eighty-six years of perpetual motion,
If he likes you he'll smile then he'll say,
Jimmy, some of it's magic, some of it's tragic,
But I had a good life all the way.“
— Jimmy Buffett American singer–songwriter and businessman 1946
Song lyrics, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973), He Went to Paris
„If you think that Man is free to build a new life while the rest of the world drifts by, then you do not know anything of history!“
— Terry Brooks, livro The Sword of Shannara
The Sword of Shannara, Cap 2
„Standing outside the fire;
Standing outside the fire.
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you're standing outside the fire.“
— Garth Brooks American country music artist 1962
Song lyrics, In Pieces (1993), Standing Outside the Fire, written by Jenny Yates and G. Brooks.
— Nikki Giovanni, The Collected Poetry, 1968-1998
„A spontaneous, passionate, yet just, true-meaning man! Full of wild faculty, fire and light; of wild worth, all uncultured; working out his life-task in the depths of the Desert there.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1840s, Heroes and Hero-Worship (1840), The Hero as Prophet
„This man has home and child and wife
And battle set for every day.
This man has God and love and life;
These stand, all else shall pass away.“
— Joyce Kilmer, Trees and Other Poems
Trees and Other Poems (1914), Delicatessen
„He's a lovely guy, that Ricky Ponting. He likes the English so much he changed the series for them with the most stupid decision he'll ever make in his life.“
— Geoff Boycott cricket player of England 1940
On Ponting's decision to bowl at the crucial Edgbaston Ashes Test, 2005. Via Cricinfo http://www.cricinfo.com/quote/content/story/231681.html.
— José Ortega Y Gasset Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist 1883 - 1955
More context: "To live or to be alive or, what is the same thing, to be a man, does not admit of any preparations or preliminary experiments. Life is fired at us point blank. ... Where and when we are born, or happen to find ourselves after we were born, there and then, like it or not, we must sink or swim." Man and People [El hombre y la gente] (1957), p. 42, translated by Willard R. Trask. ISBN 0-393-00123-7
„A man spends the first year of his life learning that he ends at his own skin, and the rest of his life learning that he doesn't.“
— Saul Gorn computer scientist 1912 - 1992
"The Individual and Political Life of Information Systems", in Heilprin, Markuson, and Goodman, ed., Proceedings of the Symposium on Education for Information Science, Warrenton, Virginia, September 7-10, 1965 (Washington, DC: Spartan Books, 1965)