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Quotations from many of the world’s notables about living a life, especially one that is meaningful, comforting, and emotionally rewarding.  Living a life is about more than physical existence, it is about how well one’s needs are met, how well one is able to live by one’s values.

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Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

— Abraham Lincoln

Life on the planet is born of woman.

— Adrienne Rich

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

— Agatha Christie

Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.

— Alan Bennett

Here is the vicious circle: if you feel separate from your organic life, you feel driven to survive; survival — going on living — thus becomes a duty and also a drag because you are not fully with it; because it does not quite come up to expectations, you continue to hope that it will, to crave for more time, to feel driven all the more to go on.

— Alan Watts

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

— Alan Watts

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

— Albert Camus

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

— Albert Einstein

The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

— Albert Einstein

Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.

— Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world — that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me — is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.

— Albert Schweitzer

Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
You’ve play’d, and lov’d, and ate, and drank your fill;
Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
Comes titt’ring on, and shoves you from the stage.

— Alexander Pope

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.

— Alexandre Dumas

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.

— Alfred Korzybski

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.

— Alice Longworth Roosevelt

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.

— Alice Walker

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

— Amelia Burr

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.

— Amelia Earhart

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

— Anaïs Nin

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

— Anaïs Nin

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

— Anais Nin

I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back.

— Ann Richards

There is a lot more to life than just struggling to make money.

— Ann Richards

Slowly … the truth is dawning upon women, and still more slowly upon men, that woman is no stepchild of nature, no Cinderella of fate to be dowered only by fairies and the Prince; but that for her and in her, as truly as for and in man, life has wrought its great experiences, its master attainments, its supreme human revelations of the stuff of which worlds are made.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.

— Anne Lamott

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.

— Anne Sullivan

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.

— Anne Wilson Schaef

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.

— Annie Dillard
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