Quotes about living

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„People are strange, they neither wish to live nor die.“

—  Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138

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„to live means to lack something at every moment“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

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„I'm creating an imaginary — it's always imaginary — world in which I would like to live.“

—  William S. Burroughs American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer 1914 - 1997

Quoted in interview, The Paris Review (Fall 1965)
Context: You know, they ask me if I were on a desert island and I knew nobody would ever see what I wrote, would I go on writing. My answer is most emphatically yes. I would go on writing for company. Because I'm creating an imaginary — it's always imaginary — world in which I would like to live.

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„Archie's been living off the fat of the land.
I'm here to give him his pension plan.
When you come to the fight don't block the door.
'Cause you'll all go home after round four.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Before his fight with Archie Moore (1962), as quoted in "Muhammad Ali was also great for civil rights" by Mark Wiedmer, in Times Free Press (17 January 2012) http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/17/muhammad-ali-also-great-for-civil-rights/?print

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„Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Written by copywriter Aimee Lehto for a series of Adidas ads in which this was superimposed over stills of various figures, including Muhammad Ali. Documented by Quote Investigator https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/11/28/impossible-is/.
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„When you spend your whole life living in a hole, the only way you can go is up. (Zero/Hector Zeroni)“

—  Louis Sachar, book Holes

Variant: Zero wasnt worried, " When you spend your whole life living in a shole", he said, "the only way you can go is up.
Source: Holes

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„Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

Journal entry (8 July 1916), p. 74e
1910s, Notebooks 1914-1916
Context: There are two godheads: the world and my independent I.
I am either happy or unhappy, that is all. It can be said: good or evil do not exist.
A man who is happy must have no fear. Not even in the face of death.
Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy.

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„I'm not the person who looks back or looks forward. I try to live in what is now.“

—  Agnetha Fältskog Swedish recording artist and entertainer 1950

Ask Agnetha No. 15, Agnetha Fältskog's YouTube channel (AgnethaOfficial), 16 May 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTKhvSKfMYs

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