Thus we live many years in a state of much happiness; not but that we sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours. Goldsmith.Vicar of Wakefield, Chap. I.
O life! how pleasant in thy morning, Young fancys rays the hills adorning! Cold-pausing cautions lesson scorning, We frisk away, Like schoolboys, at the expected warning, To joy and play. Burns.Epistle to James Smith, Verse 15.
Let us (since life can little more supply Than just to look about us and to die) Expatiate free oer all this scene of man; A mighty maze! but not without a plan. Pope.Essay on Man, Epistle I. Line 3.
Life, sir! no prince fares like him; he breaks his fast with Aristotle, dines with Tully, drinks at Helicon, sups with Seneca; then walks a turn or two in the milky-way, and after six hours conference with the stars, sleeps with old Erra Pater. Colley Cibber.Love Makes a Man, Act I. Scene 1.
Reason thus with life: If I lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would keep: a breath thou art, (Servile to all the skyey influences,) That dost this habitation, where thou keepest, Hourly afflict. Shakespeare.Measure for Measure, Act III. Scene 1. (Duke to Claudio.)
Tis not for nothing that we life pursue; It pays our hopes with something still thats new; Each days a mistress, unenjoyed before; Like travellers were pleased with seeing more. Did you but know what joys your way attend, You would not hurry to your journeys end. Dryden.Aurengzebe, Act IV. Scene 1.
Reflect that life, like every other blessing, Derives its value from its use alone; Not for itself, but for a nobler end, Th Eternal gave it, and that end is virtue. Dr. Johnson.Irene, Act III. Scene 8.
Life is not an idle ore, But iron dug from central gloom, And heated hot with burning fears, And dipt in baths of hissing tears, And batterd with the shocks of doom, To shape and use. Tennyson.In Memoriam, CXVII. Ver. 5.
Thou hast nor youth, nor age; But, as it were, an after-dinners sleep, Dreaming on both. Whats yet in this, That bears the name of life? yet in this life Lie hid more thousand deaths: yet death we fear That makes these odds all even. Shakespeare.Measure for Measure, Act III. Scene 1. (The Duke to Claudio.)
Oppressd with grief, oppressd with care, A burden more than I can bear, I sit me down and sigh: O Life! thou art a galling load, Along a rough, a weary road, To wretches such as I! Burns.Despondency, Verse 1.
In lifes last scene what prodigies surprise, Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise! From Marlboroughs eyes the streams of dotage flow, And Swift expires a driveller and a show. Dr. Johnson.Vanity of Human Wishes, Line 315.
Lifes but a walking shadow; a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more: It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Shakespeare.Macbeth, Act V. Scene 5. (On hearing of his wifes death.)