The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot
Middle age is the time of life that a man first notices in his wife.
- Richard Willard Armour
If it were possible to talk to the unborn, one could never explain to them how it feels to be alive, for life is washed in the speechless real.
- Jacques Martin Barzun
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
- George Santayana
The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.
- Thomas Aquinas
Our deeds are like children that are born to us; they live and act apart from our own will. Nay, children may be strangled, but deeds never: they have an indestructible life both in and out of our consciousness.
- George Eliot, Romola, 1863