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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Life abounds  to  Literature, when noble
  Life abounds in cares, in thorns, and woes; many tears flow visibly, although many more are unseen.    Antoni Malazeski.  13008
  Life admits not of delays.    Johnson.  13009
  Life alone can rekindle life.    Amiel.  13010
  Life, as we call it, is nothing but the edge of the boundless ocean of existence where it comes upon soundings.    Holmes.  13011
  Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humoured and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.    Goldsmith.  13012
  Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for vicissitudes.    Goethe.  13013
  Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.    Johnson.  13014
  Life every man holds dear; but the brave man / Holds honour far more precious dear than life.    Troil. and Cress., v. 3.  13015
  Life everywhere will swallow a man, unless he rise and try vigorously to swallow it.    Carlyle.  13016
  Life expresses. A statue has no tongue, and needs none. (?)  13017
  Life, full life, / Full-flowered, full-fruited, reared from homely earth, / Rooted in duty,… this is the prize / I hold most dear, more precious than the fruit / Of knowledge or of love.    Lewis Morris.  13018
  Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion still improves, by observing that the most swift are ever the least manageable, the most apt to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones.    Goldsmith.  13019
  Life has no memory.    Emerson.  13020
  Life has no pleasure nobler than that of friendship.    Johnson.  13021
  Life, however short, is made shorter by waste of time; and its progress towards happiness, though naturally slow, is made still slower by unnecessary labour.    Johnson.  13022
  Life I leave, as I would leave an inn, rather than a home; nature having given it us more as a sort of hostelry to stop at, than as an abiding dwelling-place.    Cato, in Cicero.  13023
  Life in itself is neither good nor evil, but the scene of good or evil, as you make it; and if you have lived one day, you have lived all days.    Montaigne.  13024
  Life is a campaign, not a battle, and has its defeats as well as its victories.    Donn Piatt.  13025
  Life is a casket, not precious in itself, but valuable in proportion to what fortune, or industry, or virtue has placed within it.    Landor.  13026
  Life is a comedy to him who thinks, and a tragedy to him who feels.    Horace Walpole.  13027
  Life is a crucible, into which we are thrown and tried. The actual weight and value of a man are expressed in the spiritual substance of the man; all else is dross.    Chapin.  13028
  Life is a disease of the spirit; a working incited by passion. Rest is peculiar to the spirit.    Novalis.  13029
  Life is a disease (Krankheit), sleep a palliative, death the radical cure.    C. J. Weber.  13030
  Life is a dream and death an awakening.    Beaumelle.  13031
  Life is a fairy scene: almost all that deserves the name of enjoyment or pleasure is only a charming delusion; and in comes repining age, in all the gravity of hoary wisdom, and wretchedly chases away the bewitching phantom.    Burns.  13032
  Life is a fortress which neither you nor I know anything about. Why throw obstacles in the way of its defence? Its own means are superior to all the apparatus of your laboratories.    Emerson.  13033
  Life is a fragment, a moment between two eternities, influenced by all that has preceded, and to influence all that follows.    Channing.  13034
  Life is a jest, and all things show it; / I thought so once, but now I know it.    Gay.  13035
  Life is a kind of sleep; old men sleep longest, nor begin to wake until they are to die.    La Bruyère.  13036
  Life is a little gleam of time between two eternities.    Carlyle.  13037
  Life is a long lesson in humility.    J. M. Barrie.  13038
  Life is a moment between two eternities.    Channing.  13039
  Life is a plant that grows out of death.    Ward Beecher.  13040
  Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.    Johnson.  13041
  Life is a quarantine for Paradise.    C. J. Weber.  13042
  Life is a rich strain of music suggesting a realm too fair to be.    G. W. Curtis.  13043
  Life is a scale of degrees. Between rank and rank of our great men are wide intervals.    Emerson.  13044
  Life is a search after power; and this is an element with which the world is so saturated—there is no chink or crevice in which it is not lodged—that no honest seeking goes unrewarded.    Emerson.  13045
  Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.    Emerson.  13046
  Life is a short day, but it is a working day.    Hannah More.  13047
  Life is a shuttle.    Merry Wives, v. 1.  13048
  Life is a sincerity. In lucid intervals we say, “Let there be an entrance opened for me into realities; I have worn the fool’s cap too long.”    Emerson.  13049
  Life is a sleep, love is a dream, and you have lived if you have loved.    A. de Musset.  13050
  Life is a stream upon which drift flowers in spring and blocks of ice in winter.    Joseph Roux.  13051
  Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.    Emerson.  13052
  Life is a voyage.    Victor Hugo.  13053
  Life is a warfare.    Seneca.  13054
  Life is a wrestle with the devil, and only the frivolous think to throw him without taking off their coats.    J. M. Barrie.  13055
  Life is act, and not to do is death.    Lewis Morris.  13056
  Life is all a variorum; / We regard not how it goes; / Let them cant about decorum / Who have characters to lose. / A fig for those by law protected! / Liberty’s a glorious feast; / Courts for cowards were erected, / Churches built to please the priest.    Burns, “Jolly Beggars.”  13057
  Life is an earnest business, and no man was ever made great or good by a diet of broad grins.    Prof. Blackie.  13058
  Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, / Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.    King John, iii. 4.  13059
  Life is as the current spark on the miner’s wheel of flints; while it spinneth there is light; stop it, all is darkness.    Tupper.  13060
  Life is burdensome to us chiefly from the abuse of it.    Rousseau.  13061
  Life is but a tissue of habits.    Amiel.  13062
  Life is but another name for action; and he who is without opportunity exists, but does not live.    G. S. Hillard.  13063
  Life is but thought; so think I will that youth and I are housemates still.    S. T. Coleridge.  13064
  Life is freedom—life in the direct ratio of its amount…. The smallest candle fills a mile with its rays, and the pupillæ of a man run out to every star.    Emerson.  13065
  Life is girt all round with a zodiac of sciences, the contributions of men who have perished to add their point of light to our sky…. These road-makers on every hand enrich us. We must extend the area of life and multiply our relations. We are as much gainers by finding a property in the old earth as by acquiring a new planet.    Emerson.  13066
  Life is given us not to enjoy, but to overcome.    Schopenhauer.  13067
  Life is half spent before we know what life is.    French Proverb.  13068
  Life is immeasurably heightened by the solemnity of death.    Alexander Smith.  13069
  Life is kindled only by life.    Jean Paul.  13070
  Life is like wine; he who would drink it pure must not drain it to the dregs.    Sir W. Temple.  13071
  Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what win the heart and secure comfort.    Sir H. Davy.  13072
  Life is made up, not of knowledge only, but of love also…. The hues of sunset make life great; so the affections make some little web of cottage and fireside populous, important.    Emerson.  13073
  Life is movement.    Aristotle.  13074
  Life is no merrymaking.    Dr. Walter Smith.  13075
  Life is not as idle ore, / But iron dug from central gloom, / And heated hot with burning fears, / And dipt in baths of hissing tears, / And battered with the shocks of doom / To shape and use.    Tennyson.  13076
  Life is not intellectual or critical, but sturdy. Its chief good is for well-mixed people, who can enjoy what they find without question.    Emerson.  13077
  Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.    Johnson.  13078
  Life is not long enough for art, not long enough for friendship.    Emerson.  13079
  Life is not so short but there is always time enough for courtesy.    Emerson.  13080
  Life is not the supreme good; but of all earthly ills the chief is guilt.    Schiller.  13081
  Life is not victory, but battle.    R. D. Hitchcock.  13082
  Life is poor when its old faiths are gone, / Poorest when man can trust himself alone.    Dr. Walter Smith.  13083
  Life is probation, and this earth no goal, / But starting-point of man.    Browning.  13084
  Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life; a man is not completely born till he has passed through death.    Franklin.  13085
  Life is ravelled almost ere we wot, / And with our vexing / To disentangle it, we make the knot / But more perplexing, / Embittering our lot.    Dr. Walter Smith.  13086
  Life is real, life is earnest.    Longfellow.  13087
  Life is sacred; but there is something more sacred still: woe to him who does not know that withal.    Carlyle.  13088
  Life is so complicated a game, that the devices of skill are liable to be defeated at every turn by air-blown chances, incalculable as the descent of thistle-down.    George Eliot.  13089
  Life is so healthful that it even finds nourishment in death.    Carlyle.  13090
  Life is that which holds matter together.    Porphyry.  13091
  Life is the art of being well deceived.    Hazlitt.  13092
  Life is the best thing we can possibly make of it.    G. W. Curtis.  13093
  Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.    Lowell.  13094
  Life is the jailer of the soul in this filthy prison, and its only deliverer is death. What we call life is a journey to death, and what we call death is a passport to life.    Colton.  13095
  Life is the transmigration of a soul / Through various bodies, various states of being; / New manners, passions, new pursuits in each; / In nothing, save in consciousness, the same.    Montgomery.  13096
  Life is the triumph of our mouldering clay; death, of the spirit infinite, divine!    Young.  13097
  Life is to be considered happy, not in warding off evil, but in the acquisition of good: and this we should seek for by employment of some kind or by reflection.    Cicero.  13098
  Life is too much for most. So much of age, so little of youth; living, for the most part, in the moment, and dating existence by the memory of its burdens.    A. B. Alcott.  13099
  Life is too short to waste / In critic peep or cynic bark, / Quarrel or reprimand; / ’Twill soon be dark.    Emerson.  13100
  Life itself is a bubble and a scepticism, and a sleep within a sleep.    Emerson.  13101
  Life just the stuff / To try the soul’s strength on, educe the man.    Browning.  13102
  Life lies before us as a huge quarry before the architect; and he deserves not the name of architect except when, out of this fortuitous mass, he can combine, with the greatest economy, fitness and durability, some form the pattern of which originated in his own soul.    Goethe.  13103
  Life lies most open in a closed eye.    Quarles.  13104
  Life, like a dome of many coloured glass, / Stains the white radiance of eternity.    Shelley.  13105
  Life, like some cities, is full of blind alleys, leading nowhere; the great art is to keep out of them.    Bovee.  13106
  Life, like the water of the seas, freshens only when it ascends towards heaven.    Jean Paul.  13107
  Life may as properly be called an art as any other, and the great incidents in it are no more to be considered as mere accidents than the severest members of a fine statue or a noble poem.    Fielding.  13108
  Life must be lived on a higher plane. We must go up to a higher platform, to which we are always invited to ascend; there the whole aspect of things changes.    Emerson.  13109
  Life only avails, not the having lived.    Emerson.  13110
  Life outweighs all things, if love lies within it.    Goethe.  13111
  Life passes through us; we do not possess it.    Amiel.  13112
  Life protracted is protracted woe, / Time hovers o’er, impatient to destroy, / And shuts up all the passages of joy.    Johnson.  13113
  Life sues the young like a new acquaintance…. To us, who are declined in years, life appears like an old friend.    Goldsmith.  13114
  Life, to be worthy of a rational being, must be always in progression: we must always purpose to do more or better than in time past.    Johnson.  13115
  Life, upon the whole, is much more pleasurable than painful, otherwise we should not feel pain so impatiently when it comes.    Leigh Hunt.  13116
  Life was intended to be so adjusted that the body should be the servant of the soul, and always subordinate to the soul.    J. G. Holland.  13117
  Life was never a May-game for men; not play at all, but hard work, that makes the sinews sore and the heart sore.    Carlyle.  13118
  Life was spread as a banquet for pure, noble, unperverted natures, and may be such to them, ought to be such to them.    W. R. Greg.  13119
  Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.    Emerson.  13120
  Life, whether in this world or any other, is the sum of our attainment, our experience, our character. In what other world shall we be more surely than we are here?    Chapin.  13121
  Life with all it yields of joy and woe, / And hope and fear, / Is just our chance o’ the prize of learning love, / How love might be, hath been indeed, and is.    Browning.  13122
  Life without a freend is death wi’ a witness.    Scotch Proverb.  13123
  Life without laughing is a dreary blank.    Thackeray.  13124
  Life would be too smooth if it had no rubs in it.    Proverb.  13125
  Life’s a reckoning we cannot make twice over.    George Eliot.  13126
  Life’s a tragedy.    Raleigh.  13127
  Life’s a tumble-about thing of ups and downs.    Disraeli.  13128
  Life’s but a day at most.    Burns.  13129
  Life’s but a means unto an end; that end / Beginning, mean, and end to all things—God.    Bailey.  13130
  Life’s 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.    Macbeth, v. 5.  13131
  Life’s ebbing stream on either side / Shows at each turn some mould’ring hope or joy, / The man seems following still the funeral of the boy.    Keble.  13132
  Life’s enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.    Byron.  13133
  Life’s life ony gate (at any rate).    Scott.  13134
  Life’s no resting, but a moving; / Let thy life be deed on deed.    Goethe.  13135
  Light another’s candle, but don’t put out your own.    Proverb.  13136
  Light boats sail swift, though greater hulks draw deep.    Troil. and Cress., iii. 3.  13137
  Light burdens carried far grow heavy.    French and German Proverb.  13138
  Light cares (or griefs) speak; great ones are dumb.    Seneca.  13139
  Light flashes in the gloomiest sky, / And music in the dullest plain.    Keble.  13140
  Light gains make heavy purses, because they come thick, whereas the great come but now and then.    Bacon.  13141
  Light is, as it were, a divine humidity.    Joubert.  13142
  Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.    St. John.  13143
  Light is coming into the world; men love not darkness; they do love light.    Carlyle.  13144
  Light is, in reality, more awful than darkness; modesty more majestic than strength; and there is truer sublimity in the sweet joy of a child, or the sweet virtue of a maiden, than in the strength of Antæus or the thunderclouds of Ætna.    Ruskin.  13145
  Light is light, though the blind man doesn’t see it.    German Proverb.  13146
  Light is no less favourable to merit than unfavourable to imposture.    H. Home.  13147
  Light is, perhaps, the most wonderful of all visible things.    Leigh Hunt.  13148
  Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.    Bible.  13149
  Light is the burden love lays on; / Content and love brings peace and joy, / What mair hae queens upon a throne?    Burns.  13150
  Light is the symbol of truth.    Lowell.  13151
  Light not your candle at both ends.    Proverb.  13152
  Light, or, failing that, lightning—the world can take its choice.    Carlyle.  13153
  Light seeking light doth light of light beguile.    Love’s L’s. Lost, i. 1.  13154
  Light suppers mak’ lang life.    Scotch Proverb.  13155
  Light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever in his affections and customs.    Bacon.  13156
  Light that makes things seen makes some things invisible.    Sir Thomas Browne.  13157
  Light visits the hearts, as it does the eyes, of all living.    Carlyle.  13158
  Light without life is a candle in a tomb; / Life without love is a garden without bloom.    Proverb.  13159
  Lightly come, lightly go.    Proverb.  13160
  Lightning and thunder (heaven’s artillery) / As harbingers before th’ Almighty fly: / Those but proclaim His style, and disappear; / The stiller sounds succeed, and God is there.    Dryden.  13161
  Like a great poet, Nature produces the greatest results with the simplest means, here are simply a sun, flowers, water, and love.    Heine.  13162
  Like a large heart overflowing with an impotent and vague love, the universe is ceaselessly in the agony of transformation.    Renan.  13163
  Like a lusty winter, frosty but kindly.    Proverb.  13164
  Like a man do all things, not sneakingly.    George Herbert.  13165
  Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear.    Jean Paul.  13166
  Like a tailor’s needle, say, “I go through.”    Proverb.  13167
  Like an old woman at her hearth, we warm our hands at our sorrows and drop in faggots, and each thinks his own fire a sun in presence of which all other fires should go out.    J. M. Barrie.  13168
  Like angels’ visits, few and far between.    Campbell, from Blair.  13169
  Like angels’ visits, short and bright; / Mortality’s too weak to bear them long.    J. Norris.  13170
  Like author, like book.    Proverb.  13171
  Like blude, like gude, like age, mak’ the happy marriage.    Scotch Proverb.  13172
  Like coalesces in this world with unlike. The strong and the weak, the contemplative and the active, bind themselves together.    Fr. Robertson.  13173
  Like cures like.    Proverb.  13174
  Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labour and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.    Burton.  13175
  Like doth quit like, and measure still for measure.    Meas. for Meas., v. 1.  13176
  Like draws to like, the world over.    Proverb.  13177
  Like everything else in nature, music is a becoming, and it becomes its full self when its sounds and laws are used by intelligent man for the production of harmony, and so made the vehicle of emotion and thought.    Theodore T. Munger.  13178
  Like father, like son.    Proverb.  13179
  Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, / Now green in youth, now withering on the ground; / Another race the following spring supplies; / They fall successive, and successive rise.    Pope’s Homer.  13180
  Like master, like man.    Proverb.  13181
  Like mighty rivers, with resistless force, / The passions rage, obstructed in their course, / Swell to new heights, forbidden paths explore, / And drown those virtues which they fed before.    Pope.  13182
  Like mistress, like maid.    Proverb.  13183
  Like mother, like daughter.    Proverb.  13184
  Like Niobe, all tears.    Hamlet, i. 2.  13185
  Like other plants, virtue will not grow unless its root be hidden, buried from the eye of the sun.    Carlyle.  13186
  Like our shadows / Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.    Young.  13187
  Like patience on a monument, / Smiling at grief.    Twelfth Night, ii. 4.  13188
  Like priest, like people.    Proverb.  13189
  Like prince, like people.    Proverb.  13190
  Like Scotsmen, aye wise ahint the hand (after the event).    Proverb.  13191
  Like talks best with like, laughs best with like, works best with like, and enjoys best with like; and it cannot help it.    J. G. Holland.  13192
  Like the air, the water, and everything else in the world, the heart too rises the higher the warmer it becomes.    Cötvös.  13193
  Like the dog in the manger, he will neither eat himself nor let the horse eat.    Proverb.  13194
  Like the hand which ends a dream, / Death, with the might of his sunbeam, / Touches the flesh and the soul awakes.    Browning.  13195
  Like two single gentlemen rolled into one.    G. Colman.  13196
  Likely tumbles in the fire, / When unlikely rises higher.    Proverb.  13197
  Limæ labor et mora—The labour and tediousness of polishing as with a file.    Horace.  13198
  Limit your wants by your wealth.    Proverb.  13199
  Limitations refine as the soul purifies, but the ring of necessity is always perched at the top.    Emerson.  13200
  Limiting of one’s life always conduces to happiness.    Schopenhauer.  13201
  Lingua mali loquax malæ mentis est indicium—An evil tongue is the proof of an evil mind.    Publius Syrus.  13202
  Lingua mali pars pessima servi—His tongue is the worst part of a bad servant.    Juvenal.  13203
  Lingua melior, sed frigida bello / Dextera—Excels in speech, but of a right hand slow to war.    Virgil.  13204
  Linguæ centum sunt, oraque centum, / Ferrea vox—It has a hundred tongues, a hundred mouths, a voice of iron.    Virgil of Rumour.  13205
  Linguam compescere, virtus non minima est—To restrain the tongue is not the least of the virtues.  13206
  Linquenda tellus, et domus, et placens / Uxor, neque harum, quas colis, arborum, / Te, præter invisas cupressos, / Ulla brevem dominum sequetur—Your estate, your home, and your pleasing wife must be left, and of these trees which you are rearing, not one shall follow you, their short-lived owner, except the hateful cypresses.    Horace.  13207
  Lions are not frightened by cats.    Proverb.  13208
  Lions’ skins are not to be had cheap.    Proverb.  13209
  Lippen to (trust) me, but look to yoursel’.    Scotch Proverb.  13210
  Lips become compressed and drawn with anxious thought, and eyes the brightest are quenched of their fires by many tears.    S. Lover.  13211
  Lips never err when wisdom keeps the door.    Delaune.  13212
  Lis litem generat—Strife genders strife.    Proverb.  13213
  List geht über Gewalt—Cunning overcomes strength.    German Proverb.  13214
  List his discourse of war, and you shall hear / A fearful battle render’d you in music; / Turn him to any cause of policy, / The Gordian Knot of it he will unloose, / Familiar as his garter.    Henry V., i. 1.  13215
  Listen at a hole, and ye’ll hear news o’ yoursel’.    Scotch Proverb.  13216
  Listeners never hear good of themselves.    Spanish Proverb.  13217
  Lite pendente—During the lawsuit.  13218
  Litem parit lis, noxa item noxam parit—Strife begets strife, and injury likewise begets injury.    Proverb.  13219
  Litera canina—The canine letter (the letter R).  13220
  Litera occidit, spiritus autem vivificat—The letter killeth, but the spirit quickeneth.    Vulgate.  13221
  Litera scripta manet, verbum ut inane perit—Written testimony remains, but oral perishes.  13222
  Literæ Bellerophontis—A Bellerophon’s letter, i.e., a letter requesting that the bearer should be dealt with in some summary way for an offence.  13223
  Literæ humaniores—Polite literature; arts in a university.  13224
  Literary history is the great morgue where all seek the dead ones whom they love, and to whom they are related.    Heine.  13225
  Literary men are … a perpetual priesthood.    Carlyle.  13226
  Literature, as a field for glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; as a means of support, it is the very chance of chances.    H. Giles.  13227
  Literature consists of all the books—and they are not many—where moral truth and human passion are touched with a certain largeness, sanity, and attraction of form.    John Morley.  13228
  Literature draws its sap from the deep soil of human nature’s common and everlasting sympathies.    Lowell.  13229
  Literature happens to be the only occupation in which wages are not given in proportion to the goodness of the work done.    Froude.  13230
  Literature has her quacks no less than medicine: those who have erudition without genius, and those who have volubility without depth.    Colton.  13231
  Literature has other aims than that of harmlessly amusing indolent, languid men.    Carlyle.  13232
  Literature is a fragment of a fragment, and of this but little is extant.    Goethe.  13233
  Literature is a great staff, but a sorry crutch.    Scott.  13234
  Literature is fast becoming all in all to us—our church, our senate, our whole social constitution.    Carlyle.  13235
  Literature is representative of intellect, which is progressive; government is representative of order, which is stationary.    Buckle.  13236
  Literature is so common a luxury that the age has grown fastidious.    Tuckerman.  13237
  Literature is the thought of thinking souls.    Carlyle.  13238
  Literature, like virtue, is its own reward.    Chesterfield.  13239
  Literature positively has other aims than this of amusing from hour to hour; nay, perhaps this, glorious as it may be, is not its highest or true aim.    Carlyle.  13240
  Literature, taken in all its bearings, forms the grand line of demarcation between the human and the animal kingdoms.    W. Godwin.  13241
  Literature, when noble, is not easy; only when ignoble. It too is a quarrel and internecine duel with the whole world of darkness that lies without one and within one;—rather a hard fight at times.    Carlyle.  13242


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