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date: 19 August 2017

Life and its Challenges 

see also lifestyle
  1. Life! Don’t talk to me about life.
    Douglas Adams 1952–2001 English science fiction writer: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (BBC radio, 1978), Marvin the Paranoid Android
  2. If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
    Catherine Aird 1930– Englishwriter: in St Louis Post-Dispatch 1 November 1989
  3. I feel that life is—is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
    Woody Allen 1935– American film director, writer, and actor: Annie Hall (1977 film, with Marshall Brickman)
  4. Life doesn’t imitate art. It imitates bad television.
    Woody Allen 1935– American film director, writer, and actor: Husbands and Wives (1992 film)
  5. Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
    Anonymous: graffito found on the London Underground
  6. Nothing matters very much and very few things matter at all.
    Arthur James Balfour 1848–1930 British Conservative statesman: Clodagh Anson Book: discreet memoirs (1931)
  7. Life, you know, is rather like opening a tin of sardines. We are all of us looking for the key.
    Alan Bennett 1934– Englishdramatist and actor: Beyond the Fringe (1961 revue) ‘Take a Pew’
  8. Brought up in the provinces in the forties and fifties one learned early the valuable lesson that life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
    Alan Bennett 1934– Englishdramatist and actor: introduction to Talking Heads (1988)
  9. There are things you just can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he’s ready to see you, and you can’t go home again.
    Bill Bryson 1951– American travel writer: The Last Continent (1989)
  10. There’s always somebody about to ruin your day, if not your life.
    Charles Bukowski 1920–94 German-born Americanwriter: Pulp (1994)
  11. It's a funny old world—a man's lucky if he gets out of it alive.
    Walter de LeonandPaul M. Jones screenwriters: You're Telling Me (1934 film); spoken by W. C. Fields
  12. Auntie Mame's view:
    Life is a banquet, and some poor suckers are starving to death.
    Patrick Dennis 1921–76 American writer: Auntie Mame (1956)
  13. I find I always have to write something on a steamed mirror.
    Elaine Dundy 1921–2008 Americanwriter: attributed; Laurence J. Peter Quotations for Our Time (1977)
  14. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
    Albert Einstein 1879–1955 German-born theoretical physicist: letter to his son Eduard, 5 February 1930
  15. All men are equal—all men, that is to say, who possess umbrellas.
    E. M. Forster 1879–1970 Englishnovelist: Howard's End (1910)
  16. Just when you’ve squared up to the solemn realization that life is a bitch, it turns round and does something nice, just to confuse you.
    Tom Holt 1961– Englishnovelist: The Better Mousetrap (2008)
  17. Life is just one damned thing after another.
    Elbert Hubbard 1859–1915 Americanwriter: in Philistine December 1909 (often attributed to Frank Ward O'Malley)
  18. Most of one’s life…is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
    Aldous Huxley 1894–1963 Englishnovelist: Mortal Coils 1922
  19. Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?
    Jean Kerr 1923–2003 Americanwriter: Mary, Mary (performed 1961)
  20. Life doesn’t wait to be asked: it comes grinning in, sits down uninvited and helps itself to bread and cheese, and comments uninhibitedly on the decorations.
    Philip Larkin 1922–85 Englishpoet: letter, 25 May 1958
  21. Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.
    Fran Lebowitz 1950– American writer: Metropolitan Life (1978)
  22. For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
    Mignon McLaughlin 1913–83 Americanwriter: Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981)
  23. The living are the dead on holiday.
    Maurice Maeterlinck 1862–1949 Belgianpoet, dramatist, and essayist: Before the Great Silence (1935)
  24. There’s one thing to be said for inviting trouble: it generally accepts.
    Mae Maloo: attributed, in Reader's Digest September 1976
  25. Laugh it off, laugh it off; it's all part of life's rich pageant.
    Arthur Marshall 1910–89 Britishjournalist and former schoolmaster: The Games Mistress (recorded monologue, 1937)
  26. Whenever I investigate a smell, I find that the answer is always bad. It's never: ‘What is that? [sniff] muffins’!
    Demetri Martin 1973– Americancomedian: attributed
  27. It's not true that life is one damn thing after another—it's one damn thing over and over.
    Edna St Vincent Millay 1892–1950 Americanpoet: letter to Arthur Davison Ficke, 24 October 1930
  28. There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning.
    Christopher Morley 1890–1957 Americanwriter: Parnassus on Wheels (1917)
  29. Today’s tears are tomorrow’s yawn.
    Matthew Parris 1949– Britishjournalist: in Times 7 February 2013
  30. There are few things in this world more reassuring than an unhappy lottery winner.
    Tony Parsons 1953– Englishwriter: in Mirror2 November 1998
  31. You're born naked and the rest is drag.
    RuPaul 1960– Americandrag queen: attributed, 1990s
  32. I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far.
    Neil Simon 1927– American dramatist: Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1970)
  33. Life itself is a universally fatal sexually transmitted disease.
    Petr Skrabanek 1940–94andJames McCormick: Follies and Fallacies in Medicine (1990)
  34. Life is a gamble at terrible odds—if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it.
    Tom Stoppard 1937– Britishdramatist: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)
  35. Oh, isn't life a terrible thing, thank God?
    Dylan Thomas 1914–53 Welshpoet: Under Milk Wood (1954)
  36. We're all in this together—by ourselves.
    Lily Tomlin 1939– Americancomedienne and actress: attributed
  37. What a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don't you know, if you see what I mean.
    P. G. Wodehouse 1881–1975 English-born writer: My Man Jeeves (1919)

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