LIFE


  1. Life is a race between your hand raising the champagne cup to your lips and the ocean's tide rising to swallow you.
  2. Life: purgatory's thread on which hang small charms of heaven and hell.
  3. You thought that you possessed youth and life. They only visit you.
  4. Our life -- a boat on an ocean of destiny; with small dips of the oar we make tiny but decisive changes.
  5. Life cannot be judged in terms of sense/nonsense but in terms of anabolism/catabolism (metabolism).
  6. In each moment of our life we report to the invisible examiner. Don't cross your arms -- the examination is not over yet.
  7. Each present moment is consequential to your whole past.
  8. In life, purpose is all; you are nothing.
  9. The ideal life joins the physical to the subconscious as our brother animals join the physical to the instinctive. Human intelligence does not teach us how to live; only how to survive, how to build our defenses.
  10. As God doesn't show his face, life doesn't show its goal. God has no face, life has no goal.
  11. Wherever you live, first you live within yourself.
  12. There are only two states: moment and eternity. Moment equals life; eternity, death.
  13. Each moment of life is an imitation of immortality.
  14. Life and death ignore each other.
  15. What does life give you? A day. Like bread for the knapsack on the road.
  16. Be virtuous and you die with your virtues; be wicked and you die with your vices. Why care? Because of the poetry of nonsense. In the dark world we create light. In the cold world we create warmth. In the senseless universe we create our own sense.
  17. I am sipping life through a straw.
  18. We cannot pursue the mysteries of life through the microscope, which is dead.
  19. Life is a phenomenon of a crazy mirror. Within meaningless reality, we create our own reality, deformed perhaps, but full of sense for us.
  20. What a wasted life . . . already five minutes have passed without a mental geyser.
  21. When we are alive it is first of all for ourselves. Death is not self-conscious. When we are dead it is for others.
  22. Life: interior and exterior space coping together.
  23. You measure your life by the extent of your freedom.
  24. Preoccupied with yourself, you reduce life to the dimensions of a small container: you.
  25. What we call 'life' is nothing but the story written on the pages of our memory.
  26. Living being: a vessel of the present floating on the trajectory of past-future.
  27. You are a sentient being and it takes a long time to discover that the world doesn't share your joys nor help to carry your burdens.
  28. No matter how great your raptures, your exultations, your pains, they all squeeze into a small confinement -- you. Finally the vessel breaks up, nothing leaks out, and by then it is too late for you to realize that you were just a dream.
  29. How much of Einstein's joy of life, suffering in love, and fear of death will we find in his equations?
  30. Life is comprised of moments -- containers -- equal to each other. The job of living is to fill up those containers in the most satisfying way possible rather than to look for the hypothetical creator of those containers. In this way, from 'questors' floating above life, we become responsible tenants.
  31. Life is neither bad nor good; life is an empty bowl, and you and your fate share responsibility when this bowl is filled with wine, vinegar, poison, or stale water.
  32. The drama of our existence lies in the fact that we are more intelligent than both life and death which are brutish matters of fact. Biological life and death are the same for a human genius as for an amoeba. You cannot argue with your life and death, you can merely deal with them.
  33. When you are alive, you participate with all living beings in a saga bigger than the cosmos. Sooner or later your saga ends.
  34. Galaxies would be jealous if they were aware of the complexity of one living cell.

    Transcendent

  35. In the theatre the actors are transcendent, outside immediate reality. The madman is an actor without a stage.
  36. The role of the transcendent is to become food for the concrete. Otherwise it is mental masturbation.

  37. In the transcendent float clouds of doubt, of unresolved questions.

  38. The transcendent generates the dreams; the down-to-earth decides their fate.

  39. Life is a strange marriage between the transcendent and the down-to-earth: proposals and accomplishments, urges and limitations.

  40. All sadness comes from the transcendent. The down-to-earth is too much a matter of fact.

  41. At the down-to-earth level, there are no problems, only facts.

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