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You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. John Bunyan, clergyman
  • generosity

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then. Anthony Hopkins, actor
  • answers

I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived. Bette Davis, actress
  • dame

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher
  • experience

That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Robert Louis Stevenson, writer
  • laughed

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. J. K. Rowling, author
  • failure

The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author
  • art

It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. Harper Lee, novelist
  • bravest

Once in one's life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived. Sylvester Stallone, actor
  • grab

I've lived such a great, fantastic life already, but there's still so much more. Katy Perry, musician
  • already

You'll be old and you never lived, and you kind of feel silly to lie down and die and to never have lived, to have been a job chaser and never have lived. Gertrude Stein, author
  • chaser

I'm the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren't no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn't know about them. Muhammad Ali, boxer
  • far

Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. Helen Keller, author
  • business

Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts. Allan Bloom, philosopher
  • authentic

We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest. Horace, poet
  • anyone

In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that. Marguerite Duras, novelist
  • boredom

I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived. Will Smith, actor
  • bigger

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves. Albert Camus, philosopher
  • inside

Life is lived in common, but not in community. Michael Harrington, writer
  • common

I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow. Voltaire, writer
  • born

I've always paid my own way, I've never lived off anyone. Kelly Brook, model
  • anyone

If I lived alone, Mom'd never sleep because she wouldn't know I was okay. Scott Baio, actor
  • alone

My life was a mystery even as I lived it. Melissa Gilbert, actress
  • life

I've always lived my gymnastics career with a lot of passion and a lot of purpose. Kyle Shewfelt, athlete
  • career

I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate. John Steinbeck, author
  • bores

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized. Leo Buscaglia, author
  • being

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. Ernest Hemingway, novelist
  • enough

Life is short, and it is here to be lived. Kate Winslet, actress
  • here

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. Anais Nin, author
  • beyond

On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived.' Earl Weaver, coach
  • lived

Life, if well lived, is long enough. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman
  • enough

All my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper - just running down the edges of different countries and continents, 'looking for something'. Elizabeth Bishop, poet
  • behaved

A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others. Chin-Ning Chu, businessman
  • chasing

For me, this world of questions and the provisional, this chase after an answer that was always put off to the next day, all that was euphoric. I lived in the future. Francois Jacob, scientist
  • answer

I am a really big Harry Potter fan and I've seen all the sets, I've lived Harry Potter and I don't think it's destroyed the books at all, I think it's really spot on. Rupert Grint, actor
  • big

We lived in the bowels of New York City. It was a struggle just to survive. This nice suburban kid hadn't had to do much of that before. Peter Bergman, actor
  • bowels

By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more, I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime, that I had even taken over someone else's life. Margaret Mahy, author
  • already

When I was a child I had a best friend who lived across the road from me. When her mother died unexpectedly it was like losing a member of my own family. I think I am still affected by the memory of that loss. Margaret Mahy, author
  • affected

Sometimes, but the year I lived in France I started to write songs. Carly Simon, musician
  • france

It wouldn't have mattered to my mother if I married a black, was gay, lived in a commune or wore a dress. George Weinberg, psychologist
  • black

For the first time, I lived alone... in a luxury apartment on Sunset Strip. For a few days I loved the idea, but I got lonely and restless. Patty Duke, actress
  • alone

That one woman is capable of loving another is an historical truth; but never yet lived one who could not listen to her own praises at the expense of her adored friend. Minna Antrim, writer
  • adored

The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly. James Baldwin, educator
  • beautiful

The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right. Quentin Crisp, writer
  • happy

This is life we've been given, made to be lived out, so... live out loud. Steven Curtis Chapman, musician
  • given

I think I'm the only actor in the history of film who got to slap Sam Jackson on the face and butt and lived to tell about it. Eugene Levy, actor
  • actor

Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation. Unfortunately, the Bush administration and congressional Republicans have not lived up to this duty. Patty Murray, politician
  • administration

China has not lived up to any other trade agreements over the last decade... They don't have any compliance or enforcement. David Bonior, politician
  • agreements

I was born in Alabama, but I only lived there for a month before I'd done everything there was to do. Paula Poundstone, comedian
  • alabama

But it so happens, and it will ever happen so, that they who have lived to serve their country - no matter how weak their efforts may have been - are sure to receive the thanks and blessings of its people. Thomas Francis Meagher, soldier
  • blessings

Next door, there's an old man who lived to his nineties and one day passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days and passed away. I'm sorry, I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong. Ben Folds, musician
  • belong

Every pessimist who ever lived has been buried in an unmarked grave. Tomorrow has always been better than today, and it always will be. Paul Harvey, journalist
  • buried

The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country - I know, because I am one of them. Barack Obama, president
  • country

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life. Sonia Sotomayor, judge
  • conclusion

Like Venice, Italy, New Orleans is a cultural treasure. And everyone who lived in the city should be allowed to come back. But that doesn't mean that they all should live in exactly the same spot that they lived before. Ed Mcmahon, entertainer
  • allowed

The essence of a government health care system - for people who have never lived under it and don't know - is waiting, waiting, waiting. You wait for everything. You wait for years for operations that are routine in America. Mark Steyn, writer
  • america

We immigrants can sometimes sound a little hysterical about this because we come from places that have tried this and we know where it leads. Anybody who's lived in countries with socialized health care knows that it becomes the dominant political issue. Mark Steyn, writer
  • anybody

I lived in L.A. for a few months. It seemed like no one there had parents. Or if they did have parents, they would deny it. Catherine O'Hara, actress
  • deny

Well I am from Annapolis Maryland. I went to High school in Baltimore, but I grew up in Annapolis. It was a cute town. We lived on a waterfront community. It was good, even though I don't really fit the preppy boater kind of style. Christian Siriano, designer
  • baltimore

Where I grew up - I grew up on the north side of Akron, lived in the projects. So those scared and lonely nights - that's every night. You hear a lot of police sirens, you hear a lot of gunfire. Things that you don't want your kids to hear growing up. LeBron James, athlete
  • akron

As a teenager, I didn't want to be me; I wanted to be many different people. Maybe I realized that they all lived inside me and that if I managed to connect with them, they would become aspects of me. Marion Cotillard, actress
  • aspects

I have been in Congress for more than a half century. I have lived through times of fear and times of hope. Of despair and of achievement. I have seen our government at its best, but today I fear that we see our government at its worst. Robert Byrd, politician
  • achievement

I believe in the American Dream because I have lived the American Dream. Carl Paladino, politician
  • american

Look, the, the - this country has not lived within its means for a very long time, and, and the truth is we're going to have to take our medicine. Alexi Giannoulias, politician
  • country

If you lived in a provincial town like Torre Annunziata, where there was nothing to do in the evening but go to the movies with your friends, the cinema was a world of fantasy. I had always been in love with it. Dino De Laurentiis, director
  • cinema

I'd rather have a real South Dakotan who has lived in this state and made her living here instead of someone with a fancy East Coast law degree any day. Kristi Noem, politician
  • coast

Yippee! I can't believe I made it. It feels like a long haul to get here. I'm so fine with it. People want you to have some sort of breakdown, but I'm relieved to be 40 years old, and I've lived a life. Nicole Kidman, actress
  • believe

I do all kinds of roles - nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho - and occasionally someone kind of normal. It's weird, when I lived in Austin I was always cast as pretty normal people. But when I moved to Los Angeles I was immediately branded a psycho. John Hawkes, actor
  • angeles

Reba McEntire came through town when I lived in Texas. She had this amazing theatrical show with, like, 13 different wardrobe changes. I was eight and I was like, Wow, I wanna do that! LeAnn Rimes, musician
  • amazing

I lived in a town of 400 until I was like nine or ten. My dad coached all the sports - he was a gym teacher and health teacher for grades K-12. January Jones, actress
  • coached

I was brought up in industrial south Lancashire, down the cobbled road from where LS Lowry (1887-1976) lived and painted. Ian Mckellen, actor
  • brought

I have had no control over my life. I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I'm desperately trying to find my way through it. Emma Watson, actress
  • bubble

We lived in a flat that you could pretty much fit in my current kitchen. No wonder people drink! I can't understand why they don't throw themselves off the balconies. Gary Oldman, actor
  • current

I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries. Barack Obama, president
  • countries

Yeah, I've had an odd youth, But I wouldn't know the difference if I'd lived it any other way. And I wouldn't change any of it because I quite like what I'm doing. Estella Warren, model
  • change

I've never lived in the visual world. I live very much in an emotional-contact world. Richard Simmons, celebrity
  • live

For any of us in this room today, let's start out by admitting we're lucky. We don't live in the world our mothers lived in, our grandmothers lived in, where career choices for women were so limited. Sheryl Sandberg, businesswoman
  • admitting

I will say that growing up as a kid in an urban environment and having lived in cities all my life, the one achievement that everyone can look forward to is getting the perfect parking spot. Saul Perlmutter, scientist
  • achievement

I lived in London for eight years and I like to say that I am two parts American and one part British because I lived there for a third of my life. Devon Aoki, model
  • american

I've had a fairy tale life. I had a perfect family, a beautiful childhood, an incredible upbringing. I lived a lot of life but a lot of good life. John Stamos, actor
  • beautiful

The worst thing any decorator can do is give a client the feeling that he's walking around somebody else's house; the rooms must belong to the owner, not to the decorator; and no rooms can have atmosphere unless they are used and lived in. Billy Baldwin, designer
  • atmosphere

It's interesting - in 'Fail Safe,' as well, they didn't back off. We were raised with kind of this spectrum of that Armageddon and lived under it, so those were probably the films. 'Fail Safe' sort of haunted me. Gary Ross, actor
  • armageddon

I didn't grow up in public life. I lived with my mother in Boston, not in Washington, DC, so I was somewhat sheltered from that. Alexandra Kerry, director
  • boston

Living this life in the same sorta way that Kerouac lived, you get to hang out at shows and drink and you're able to not really face reality and adulthood the way most of my friends are. Ben Gibbard, musician
  • able

For four to six months at a time, I would barely eat. I lived on a diet of Melba toast, carrots, and black coffee. Alanis Morissette, musician
  • barely

It's a very weird thing. When you see your house naked, you feel very protective of it and of the people who lived here before. Emily Procter, actress
  • feel

Circulating through the children's ward and seeing terminally ill kids, heads shaved, smiling and having a ball despite the tubes and needles sticking into them, I thought: What do I have to worry about? If God takes me, at least I've lived for 35 years. Eric Davis, athlete
  • ball

I have lived a life that has been beautiful and painful at some moments. But I am convinced others can learn how to control a certain kind of rage that bubbles up in many Americans, particularly, but not limited to, women, blacks, and other minorities. Jayson Blair, journalist
  • beautiful

I wouldn't change a thing in my own life, but I'd like to go back in time anyway though, just to some sort of eras that I wish I'd lived in - like the '60s. I'd love to have been in London in the '60s, partying away. Gemma Arterton, actress
  • anyway

I've been working so hard for the past eight years and I'm tired - but I'm also deliciously tired because what a wonderful life I've lived. Marcia Cross, actress
  • eight

When I was 15, I was scouted at the mall by Elite Model Management. I started to go to New York on the bus in high school, which was about four hours door-to-door from my hometown, until I moved to New York and lived in models' apartments all over. Krysten Ritter, actress
  • bus

I've always lived out of a suitcase. I was in a new city every three months. When I was a model, I traveled the world, and as an actor you're traveling from movie set to movie set. So I've never been in one place long enough for anything super-bad to happen. Krysten Ritter, actress
  • actor

Honor is a gift a man gives himself. You can be as good as anyone that ever lived. If you can read, you can learn everything that anyone ever learned. But you've got to want it. Ricky Gervais, writer
  • anyone

I want to run with the best, that's how I've always lived. Tyson Gay, athlete
  • best

I just always knew that I lived in two worlds. There was the world of my house and community, but to make my way in that white world I had to modify the way I spoke and acted. I had to sometimes not make direct eye contact. Samuel L. Jackson, actor
  • acted

I was in a military family, so by the time I was 13 I'd lived in six different places. Olivia Munn, actress
  • time

I don't come from a rich family - it's not like we lived in a cardboard box, but we didn't have a ton of money. Jessica Lynch, soldier
  • box

When I was a young boy I wanted to play for Newcastle United, I wanted to wear the number nine shirt and I wanted to score goals at St James' Park. I've lived my dream and I realise how lucky I've been to have done that. Alan Shearer, athlete
  • boy

It doesn't matter that I didn't win a trophy because I did it my way and I lived the dream. Alan Shearer, athlete
  • dream

I've lived my career backwards - I started off huge and I've got smaller and more personal, and I'm much more comfortable now. Charlie Simpson, musician
  • backwards

My school was six miles away from where I lived on the farm. I had to walk and run, there and back every day, through gorges and over rivers. If I was late, there was a very big stick waiting for me. Haile Gebrselassie, athlete
  • big

I have to have some of my voice because I have my own experiences that I lived through. Jamie Kennedy, actor
  • experiences

I've lived my life the way I wanted to, whether scaling the mountains, partying long into the night or having fun playing soccer. Marat Safin, athlete
  • fun

I lived my twenties in a very public manner and if anyone's twenties are documented it's not always going to be pretty. Sienna Miller, actress
  • anyone

Modeling, for me, was not fulfilling. I didn't see the point - although I was able to travel a great deal. I lived in Italy, Germany, and Spain, but I wasn't devoted to it. Tom Welling, actor
  • able

I don't really know anything about the movie business, even though I've lived in Los Angeles my whole life - somehow I've never bumped into it. Lisa See, writer
  • angeles

I lived in Minnesota in a small town. Steve Zahn, actor
  • lived

Prosecutors say my father was the biggest crime boss in the nation... If you really want to know what John Gotti was like, you need to talk to my family. We lived this life. Victoria Gotti, celebrity
  • boss

My parents had us very young. We lived in a modest house. We built forts, we hiked, we went camping and they wanted us to be independent. It's how children grew up in the 1940s and 50s: outside all the time, playing in the dirt, riding your bike around. Brooklyn Decker, model
  • bike

When you realize who you live for, and who's important to please, a lot of people will actually start living. I am never going to get caught up in that. I'm gonna look back on my life and say that I enjoyed it - and I lived it for me. Rihanna, musician
  • caught

I went to a public high school that had a very small graduating class of 156 students. I lived a relatively normal childhood until I turned probably around 16. Things started to take off career-wise. Jesse McCartney, musician
  • childhood

We have never lived in a time with the opportunity to put a computer in the pocket of 5 billion people. Marc Andreessen, businessman
  • billion

I lived on a farm with cows, and I lived in the city with rats. My family stayed in Colorado for a while, then went from Los Angeles to Arizona. People would ask me where I'm from, and I would have to say, 'I don't have a clear answer for you.' Jason Behr, actor
  • angeles

Shake was a dramatist of note; He lived by writing things to quote. H. C. Bunner, journalist
  • dramatist

My uncle was the town drunk - and we lived in Chicago. George Gobel, comedian
  • chicago

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century. Dan Quayle, vice president
  • century

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. Diane Ackerman, poet
  • end

Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman
  • care

I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived. Willa Cather, author
  • death

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. Henry David Thoreau, author
  • life

I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep so much as the fear... that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived. Harold Kushner, clergyman
  • fear

For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours. Pam Brown, poet
  • nature

I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me. Humphrey Bogart, actor
  • born

We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child. James Agee, novelist
  • child

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through. Anthony Burgess, novelist
  • gray

I lived through the garbage. I might as well dine on the caviar. Beverly Sills, musician
  • caviar

What's the point? My face, shall we say, looks lived in. Ava Gardner, actress
  • face

I was resolved to sustain and preserve in my college the bite of the mind, the chance to stand face to face with truth, the good life lived in a small, various, highly articulate and democratic society. Virginia Gildersleeve, celebrity
  • articulate

This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it. Lyndon B. Johnson, president
  • believed

In everyone there sleeps. A sense of life lived according to love. To some it means the difference they could make. By loving others, but across most it sweeps. As all they might have done had they been loved. That nothing cures. Philip Larkin, poet
  • according

Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions. Stefan Kanfer,
  • accumulate

Shakespeare was a dramatist of note who lived by writing things to quote. H. C. Bunner, journalist
  • dramatist

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time. Josh Billings, comedian
  • carefully

Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself. Elbert Hubbard, writer
  • believed

For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time. Louis L'Amour, author
  • biography

Marlon Brando. The finest actor who ever lived. He was my idol when I was 13. He's done enough work to last two lifetimes. Everything I do, I think: Can Brando play this with me? Barbra Streisand, actress
  • actor

The morals of yesterday are no more. They are as dead as the day they were lived. Economic independence has put woman on exactly the same footing as man. Norma Shearer, actress
  • dead

I really feel like life will dictate itself. You should allow it to unfold as naturally as possible. Just go with the flow. When you're really desperate, you say a few prayers and hope for the best. That's the way I've always lived my life. Shania Twain, musician
  • allow

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. Helen Keller, author
  • lived

We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it, we have lived by it, we prospered and grew great by it. So the status quo has never been our god, and we ask no one else to bow down before it. Carl T. Rowan, journalist
  • change

Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents. Ezra Pound, poet
  • amount

How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination. Barbra Streisand, actress
  • discrimination

I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women... no woman has excited passions among women more than I have. Florence Nightingale, activist
  • among

In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. Brooks Atkinson, critic
  • age

An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived. Herbert Samuel, statesman
  • autobiography

I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement. Ken Burns, director
  • active

All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. Robert Kennedy, politician
  • challenging

Race prejudice can't be talked down, it must be lived down. Francis J. Grimke, clergyman
  • down

These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived. Winston Churchill, statesman
  • country

As one of nine men, DiMaggio is the best player that ever lived. Connie Mack, businessman
  • best


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