„There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living "for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is same. Only love.“

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„The life that is worth living, and the only life that is worth living, is the life of effort, the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

1900s, Address at the Prize Day Exercises at Groton School (1904)
Context: Of course, the worst of all lives is the vicious life; the life of a man who becomes a positive addition to the forces of evil in a community. Next to that and when I am speaking to people who, by birth and training and standing, ought to amount to a great deal, I have a right to say only second to it in criminality comes the life of mere vapid ease, the ignoble life of a man who desires nothing from his years but that they shall be led with the least effort, the least trouble, the greatest amount of physical enjoyment or intellectual enjoyment of a mere dilettante type. The life that is worth living, and the only life that is worth living, is the life of effort, the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for.

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„I wondered, for the first time in my life, if life was worth all the work it took to live. What exactly made it worth it?“

—  Jonathan Safran Foer, book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Source: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005)
Context: I felt that night, on the stage, incredibly close to everything in the universe, but also extremely alone. I wondered, for the first time in my life, if life was worth all the work it took to live. What exactly made it worth it? What's so horrible about being dead forever, and not feeling anything, and not even dreaming? What's so great about feeling and dreaming? (p. 145)

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„Love is the Answer. What was the Question?“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

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„What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is dying daily?“

—  Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 BC

Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter I: On Saving Time
Original: (la) Quem mihi dabis qui aliquod pretium tempori ponat, qui diem aestimet, qui intellegat se cotidie mori?

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„Count it the greatest sin to prefer life to honor, and for the sake of living to lose what makes life worth living.“

—  Juvenal, book Satires

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Original: (la) Summum crede nefas animam praeferre pudori
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„I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

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„And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?“

—  Milan Kundera, book The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part One: Lightness and Weight

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