„Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined.“

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—  Bill Watterson American comic artist 1958

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„A kiss may ruin a human life“

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„And what is a man? He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down. Someone who raises his fist to heaven when a storm has ruined his crop — and then plants again. And again.“

—  David Gemmell, book Legend

Source: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 7
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„Drugs are so fucking good that they’ll ruin your life.“

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„It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough.“

—  Seneca the Younger, Moral Essays

De Brevitate Vitae ("On the Shortness of Life", trans. John W. Basore), Ch. 1
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Original: (la) Non exiguum temporis habemus, sed multum perdidimus. Satis longa vita.

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„Mark in the meadows the ruin of Time;
Take the hint, and let life be improv'd in its prime.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773

"Advice to a Lady in Autumn", published in A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. (1763), printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley

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„I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I'm never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts.“

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

—  Robert A. Heinlein, book Methuselah's Children

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„Art is long, life is short.“

—  Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 BC

Seneca's (De Brevitate Vitae, 1.1) Latin translation of the Greek by Hippocrates.
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Original: (la) Ars longa, vita brevis.

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„What would have happened if she had not lost that necklace? Who knows? who knows? How strange and changeful is life! How small a thing is needed to make or ruin us!“

—  Guy De Maupassant French writer 1850 - 1893

Variant translation:
What would have happened if she had not lost that necklace? Who knows? Who knows? How singular life is, how changeable! What a little thing it takes to save you or to lose you.
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