Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler, "The Note-Books of Samuel Butler"
Life itself is a bubble and a skepticism, and a sleep within sleep. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Essays, Second Series"
Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying. Gustave Flaubert, "Pensées de Gustave Flaubert"
Life must be something more than dilettante speculation. Anna Julia Cooper, "A Voice from the South"
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin, "The Diary of Anais Nin"
Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave. Quentin Crisp, "The Naked Civil Servant"
Life was not a valuable gift, but death was. Life was a fever-dream made up of joys embittered by sorrows, pleasure poisoned by pain, a dream that was a nightmare-confusion of spasmodic and fleeting delights, ecstasies, exultations, happinesses, interspersed with long-drawn miseries, griefs, perils, horrors, disappointments, defeats, humiliations, and despairs - the heaviest curse devisable by divine ingenuity; but death was sweet, death was gentle, death was kind; death healed the bruised spirit and the broken heart, and gave them rest and forgetfulness; death was man's best friend; when man could endure life no longer, death came and set him free. Mark Twain, "Letters From the Earth"
Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment. Jean Baudrillard, "Cool Memories"