„Life is not like water. Things in life don't necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book 1Q84

Source: 1Q84

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Haruki Murakami655
Japanese author, novelist 1949

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„Life is flowing away like water running out from a leaky vessel.“

—  Bhartrihari Indian linguist, poet and writer 570

Vairagyaśatakam 38 https://archive.org/stream/Vairagya.Satakam.of.Bhartrihari#page/n28/mode/1up
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Original: (sa) आयुः परिस्रवति भिन्नघटादिवाम्भः

„The shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance.“

—  Dan Simmons, book Endymion

Source: Endymion

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„She walks the waters like a thing of life,
And seems to dare the elements to strife.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

Canto I, stanza 3.
The Corsair (1814)

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„Life in us is like the water in a river.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

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„Time flows away like the water in the river.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

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„I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life“

—  Henry David Thoreau, Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Source: Walden (1854)
Context: I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
Context: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to "glorify God and enjoy him forever."

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„Freedom is the flow of life/ It is to be part of it/ And to let life flow through you.“

—  Kuruvilla Pandikattu Indian philosopher 1957

Freedom: Foster It! p. 34.
Freedom: Foster it! (2004)

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„Life, in that it is life, necessarily entails justice.“

—  Martin Buber German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian 1878 - 1965

"Politics and Morality" in Be'ayot (April 1945), as published in A Land of Two Peoples : Martin Buber on Jews and Arabs (1983) edited by Paul Mendes-Flohr, p. 169

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„To dream big doesn't necessarily mean to imagine becoming the biggest movie star in the world. Dreaming big is about taking the simplest thing in life and enjoying it — and seeing it as the biggest thing that can possibly exist.“

—  Salma Hayek Mexican-American actress and producer 1966

O interview (2003)
Context: I want to direct a movie in Mexico, in Spanish. The story is about how when we're really young, our dreams are colorful and big and abstract and interesting and imaginative. As the realities of life hit, our dreams become so common. To dream big doesn't necessarily mean to imagine becoming the biggest movie star in the world. Dreaming big is about taking the simplest thing in life and enjoying it — and seeing it as the biggest thing that can possibly exist. … I work in an industry that is the first to kill this ability because everything is so celebrity oriented. I am part of a cancer. In my world, you have to be so beautiful, so skinny, so rich, so famous — and I don't believe you really have to be any of those things. You simply have to be who you are.

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„Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924

L'ignorance et l'erreur sont nécessaires à la vie comme le pain et l'eau.
Pierre Nozière http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Pierre_Nozi%C3%A8re_-_Livre_deuxi%C3%A8me._Notes_%C3%A9crites_par_Pierre_Noziere_en_marge_de_son_gros_Plutarque. (1899), book II: Notes écrites par Pierre Nozière en marge de son gros Plutarque

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„the poisonous world flows into my mouth like water into that of a drowning man“

—  Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924

Source: Diaries of Franz Kafka

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„…but the waters of life are for ever flowing onwards, and little trace do they bear of what clouds have darkened or reddened the waves below as they floated by.“

—  Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838

No.6. The Antiquary.— MARY MAC INTYRE.
Literary Remains

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„By ceaseless efforts to live the good life we maintain our moral sanity. Not from without, but from within, flow the divine waters that renew the soul.“

—  Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933

Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913)
Context: It is not possible to enter into the nature of the Good by standing aloof from it — by merely speculating upon it. Act the Good, and you will believe in it. Throw yourself into the stream of the world's good tendency and you will feel the force of the current and the direction in which it is setting. The conviction that the world is moving toward great ends of progress will come surely to him who is himself engaged in the work of progress.
By ceaseless efforts to live the good life we maintain our moral sanity. Not from without, but from within, flow the divine waters that renew the soul.

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„If it's over--if it's really over--then don't let it screw up the rest of your life.“

—  Nicholas Sparks, A Bend in the Road

Charlie Curtis, Chapter 37, p. 339
Source: 2000s, A Bend in the Road (2001)

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„Happiness is a good flow of life.“

—  Zeno of Citium ancient Greek philosopher -334 - -263 BC

As quoted by Stobaeus, ii. 77.

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