Quotes with living
The land of the living was not far removed from the ancestors. There was coming and going between them, especially at festivals and also when an old man died, because an old man was very close to the ancestors. A man's life from birth to death was a series of transition rites which brought him nearer and nearer to his ancestors.
Things Fall Apart
This planet has -- or rather had -- a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Every step forward in mechanical technique is a step in the direction of abstraction. This capacity for living easily and familiarly at an extraordinary level of abstraction is the source of modern man's power. With it he has transformed the planet, annihilated space, and trebled the world's population. But it is also a power which has, like everything human, its negative side, in the desolating sense of rootlessness, vacuity, and the lack of concrete feeling that assails modern man in his moments of real anxiety.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
Being a living legend is such a precarious livelihood. It’s like being a bar of soap in a shower which doesn't have any water in it.
If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor. Poor in happiness and poor in all that makes life worth living.
All women are aware of that moment when suddenly the boys don't look at you. It's a fairly common thing, when suddenly you no longer attract that instant male attention because of the way you look. I never really knew how to enjoy beauty, but it took the form of a subconscious arrogance, expecting things, all muddled up with celebrity. Then you begin to deal with it. In the 1970s I was amazed to be talked about as a 60s sex symbol. I wasn't that person, as if I were a doll from the past. I had to learn to come to terms with that. It's funny, it's silly, the ridiculousness of having asked so much of celebrity. Then it becomes really interesting and very much part of the excitement of the life you're living now, knowing you're approaching the end of it.
Interview with New York Times, published April 18, 2007.
I remember becoming aware of women's issues and inequality. It became glaringly clear to me when I was living in America that women are regarded as less intelligent than men.
He who never looks up to a living God, to a heavenly presence, loses the power of perceiving that presence, and the universe slowly turns into a dead machine, clashing and grinding on, without purpose or end. If the light within us be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
Everything is stacked against you, but for some reason some silly chaps seem to be driven to it (rather like a painter of a composer of music), which is perhaps just as well or we should still be living in the Stone Age. Some of the hovercraft saga was fun, but most of it was incredibly frustrating.
About inventing in Britain.
There is no dignity quite so impressive and no independence quite so important as living within your means.
If the true essence of life is the accumulation of experience through generations, then one may perhaps suspect that the key problem in biology from the physicists point of view is how living matter manages to record and perpetuate its experience.
The new songs are organic and very personal. This album is a travelogue across three imaginary continents. In Amerikana I'm reflecting with affection on the years I spent living in the USA, and my fascination with its roots music. Urbanoia is a dark place, a little unsettling ... I'm not a city person. And in Oceanea I return to my natural home on the windswept coastline.
In a press release about his new album, A Map Of The Floating City (2010)
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe , a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
How lovely the little river is, with its dark changing wavelets! It seems to me like a living companion while I wander along the bank, and listen to its low, placid voice ...
The Mill on the Floss (1860)
There's no pleasure i' living if you're to be corked up for ever, and only dribble your mind out by the sly, like a leaky barrel.
Adam Bede (1859)
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
History never looks like history when you are living through it. It always looks confusing and messy, and it always looks uncomfortable.
My living depends on people not getting mad at me. No matter what, I've never felt a significant part of the audience was mad at me. ... The trick is to state your views as moderately as you can.
I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.
The taper went out last night, and I am afraid I now kindle it again to a feeble ray -- for it's vain to try to talk as if one weren't living in a nightmare of the deepest dye. How can what is going on not be to one as a huge horror of blackness?
Letter to Howard Sturgis on August 5, 1914 about the outbreak of World War I.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005
Theories of evolution which, because of the philosophies which inspire them, regard the spirit either as emerging from the forces of living matter, or as a simple epiphenomenon of that matter, are incompatible with the truth about man.
Your organization is not a praying institution. It's a fighting institution. It's an educational institution along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!
Autobiography of Mother Jones (1925)
The nature of life is to delight in all possible loopholes. Every creature is in some way hacking a living by reinterpreting the rules.
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
The Gettysburg Address speech on November 19, 1863.
We can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The Gettysburg Address speech on November 19, 1863.
It doesn't matter that it can't last, that we don't find it more often. To know that there is such perfection, that there has been such perfection -- it is worth living for. It exists. It has been -- it is. One can contemplate it and feel complete peace.
Bring Me a Unicorn (1971)
I have known war as few men now living know it. Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
Wanted, a man who is larger than his calling, who considers it a low estimate of his occupation to value it merely as a means of getting a living. Wanted, a man who sees self-development, education and culture, discipline and drill, character and manhood, in his occupation.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
We are now finding that agriculture is as great a science as astronomy, and that ignorant men have been getting an indifferent living from their farms simply because they did not know how to mix brains with the soil.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Some may more quietly commemorate the suffering, struggle, and sacrifice that has triumphed over much of what was wrong with the original document, and observe the anniversary with hopes not realized and promises not fulfilled. I plan to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution as a living document, including the Bill of Rights and the other amendments protecting individual freedoms and human rights.
Speech on the Constitution, May 6, 1987
Certainly no virtue inheres in maintaining in agricultural occupation more people than are able to derive therefrom an American standard of living. Already that condition exists. More people are farming than can make decent profits with the prevailing levels of prices and costs.
Too many Farmers (1929)
History is not a trick the living play on the dead or even a trick the dead play on the living, but rather a mutual transaction among the now-living and the once-living.
Missouri Historical Society, March 15, 1980
The Eastern European Jews arrived in New York bringing with them a thousand years of experience of living in cities as merchants, combined with a similarly urban attitude that held that there is nothing unmanly about operating a sewing machine: the result of these, and a number of other factors, was Seventh Avenue.
It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
We believe elegance can be casual. We believe gracefulness can be compatible with fits of laughter. We believe in living a colorful life.
I've bought hundreds of acres around my home. That's why I moved here from the coast. There's plenty of room to roam and be alone with nature. That's living. The city life is merely existing.
A glance at the situation today only too clearly indicates that equality of opportunity as we have known it no longer exists. Our industrial plant is built; the problem just now is whether under existing conditions it is not overbuilt. Our last frontier has long since been reached, and there is practically no more free land. More than half of our people do not live on the farms or on lands and cannot derive a living by cultivating their own property. There is no safety valve in the form of a Western prairie to which those thrown out of work by the Eastern economic machines can go for a new start. We are not able to invite the immigration from Europe to share our endless plenty. We are now providing a drab living for our own people.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.
It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.
Sceptical Essays (1928)
I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
The Unbearable Bassington (1912)
Divorce is very expensive, both economically and psychologically as well, but it probably isn't any more so than living with someone who isn't really on your side.
Some Men are More Perfect Than Others (1973)
I don't dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.
Your success story is a bigger story than whatever you’re trying to say on stage... Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier.
We are one-tenth living tissue, nine-tenths water; life is one-tenth Here and Now, nine-tenths a history lesson.
The art of living easily as to money, is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.
Notes from Life (1853)
Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.
From the film poster for Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.
A Woman of No Importance, 1893
Hang up a shingle and condemn the narrowness and greed of Western medicine, you'd make a damn fine living.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
Living in misery sucks marginally less than dying in it.
House, Simple Explanation. By Dr. Gregory House.