What is life? The following ten quotes are our pick of the best from various writers. The quotes sum up our attitudes to life – mysterious, depressing, uplifting, and everything else betwixt and between. We hope you enjoy these quotes.
You ask ‘What is life?’ That is the same as asking ‘What is a carrot?’ A carrot is a carrot and we know nothing more. – Anton Chekhov
Live all you can – it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. – Henry James
Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope. – Edith Wharton
Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment. – Samuel Johnson
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which. – George R. R. Martin
Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage. – Anaïs Nin
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. – T. S. Eliot
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. – Simone de Beauvoir
Life begins on the other side of despair. – Jean-Paul Sartre
Image: George R. R. Martin speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, for ‘Game of Thrones’, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California (author: Gage Skidmore); available for reuse.