Contradictions and Funny sayings about our Life
Our lives are full of contradictions. They are often sad, little, comic… That’s why they are often a target for our own sarcasm and humour.
Life is just one damned thing after another.
Erbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer in Philistine
Men deal with life, as children with their play
Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.
William Cowper, 1731-1800, English poet, Hope
There are three great events in our lives: birth, life and death. Of birth we have no conscience; with death, we suffer; and, concerning life, we forget to live it.
Jean de La Bruyère, 1645-1596, French moralist, Les caractères où les moeurs de ce siècle.
When you don’t have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it’s sex. When you have both, is health.
J. P. Donleavy, American writer, A Fairy Tale of New York
We don’t live as we wish, but as we can.
Terence, 190-159 a.C., Roman poet, The Lady of Andros
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
George Herbert, 1593-1633, Scotish poet, Jacula Prudentum
How many lives we live in one,
And how much less than one, in all.
Alice Cary, 1820-1871, American poet, Life’s Mysteries.
However many ways there may be of being alive, it is certain that there are vastly more ways of being dead, or rather not alive.
Richard Dawkins, English biologist The Blind Watchmaker
Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer, Lady Windermere’s Fan
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Attributed to Ingrid Bergman, 1917-1982, Swedish actress
All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral, or fattening.
Alexander Woolcott, 1887-1943, American essayist, cited in The Algonquin Wits, de R. E. Drennan
I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.
Mae West, 1892-1980, American actress, in the film She Done Him Wrong
The good die young – because they see it’s no use living if you’ve got to be good.
Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right.
What’s life unless an escape to death, and what’s death unless an escape to life?
old sayings about life and death
Death is to stop sinning suddenly.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-American physicist, in EinsteinQuotes.html, rescomp.stanford.edu, by Kevin Harris
A man’s dying is more a survivor’s affair than his own.
Thomas Mann, 1875-1955, German writer, The Magic Mountain
The fact of having been born is a bad augury for immortality.
George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher, Reason in Religion
There is no cure for birth and death unless to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher, Soliloquies in England
We should always have our boots on, and be ready to leave.
Montaigne: Essays, 1533-1592, French philosopher
humorous life sayings; to Laugh at life, to laugh at others
«In the end, everything is a gag»
Attributed to Charles Chaplin
To laugh at others, and at their mistakes and contradictions can be a bad sign – a sign of insensibility and roughness. But to laugh at ourselves and at the contradictions inevitably present in our own lives can be a sign of sensibility and openness.
Those who are not able to laugh at themselves, those who are not able to see a certain human comedy and how it deserves to be laughed at loudly, are too wounded, or too old, or can be rightly suspicious of having a primary mind. As Comte-Sponville states, «whoever makes of himself a statue – be it for the glory of man or the sake of the law – cannot complain when he is suspected of being hard-hearted or assuming a pose».
We can’t laugh at everything or laugh permanently, because life has a true hard and tragic element. And also because convictions – in that they are authentic and humble – deserve our respect, and the respect of others. Our life is a gag in many moments, as Charles Chaplin stated. But not always…
We all are fragile beings, subject to the whim of luck, to the limitations of our brains, to fear and pain. All these cause a certain human appetite for myths, sins, illusions, chimerical behaviour, incoherence between what is said and what is done. These features introduce and feed contradiction into our lives. Even the most coherent and lucid of us can’t help living the contradiction. We all live. The difference is only a matter of degree.
And that’s why humour about our lives is so pertinent. To face life seriously, to meditate over its meaning and nature, is, ultimately, also to be able to laugh at it. To laugh at life at the right moments can be a sign of mental health… and a sign of wisdom.