„Let life be short, else shame will be too long.“

Source: Henry V

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William Shakespeare688
English playwright and poet 1564 - 1616

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„Life is too short, and Proust is too long.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924

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„Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream.“

—  Hugh Hefner American businessman and magazine publisher 1926 - 2017

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„Life is too short to spend too long at work and also to waste your time while in the workplace.“

—  Nigel Cumberland British author and leadership coach 1967

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„Life is too short, or too long, for me to allot myself the luxury of living it so badly.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book Eleven Minutes

Variant: Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
Source: Eleven Minutes

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„Life's too short to be bitter, I'm too short to be bitter.“

—  Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958

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„Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860

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„Life's too short for chess.“

—  Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916

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„Life is too short to be little.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

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„Art is long, life is short.“

—  Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 BC

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„Life is short, but the years are long.“

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„Life's too short. Start with Dessert!“

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„Art indeed is long, but life is short.“

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„I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.“

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