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This, too, is life

Yet another entry in the “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” school of thought:

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. —J.M. Barrie, novelist and playwright (1860-1937)

Probably Lennon’s phrase is better, more succinct. But I like this, maybe for the “humblest hour.”

PatrickQuotes11/04/05 3 comments

Comments

Dad • 11/06/05 8:11 PM:

How about, “For the selfish, life is a disappointment.”

AJ • 11/07/05 7:34 PM:

How about, “Life is happening.”

Patrick • 08/07/06 3:54 PM:

From Montaigne:

The ordinary expression “pastime” or “pass the time” represents the habit of those wise folk who think they can make no better use of their life than to let it slip by and escape it, pass it by, sidestep it, and, as far as in them lies, ignore it and run away from it, as something irksome and contemptible. … We have only ourselves to blame if it weights on us and if it escapes us unprofitably.

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