life brevity; life is too short

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. But the wind passes over, and soon all disappears; and his place will no more exist.
Psamls, Bible

Meditating in life is to meditate in its brevity.

The brevity of life is one of the more common themes of human existential thought. There is authentic poetry in many ancient reflexions on this brevity, and the inevitability of death and nothingness.

life is too Short Quotes

Insignificant mortals, who are as leaves are, and now flourish and grow warm with life, and feed on what the ground gives, but soon fade away and are dead.
Homer, Century IX b.C., Greek poet, Iliad

Having glimpsed a small part of life, men rise up and disappear as smoke, knowing only what each one has learned.
Empedocles, 483-430 b. C., Greek Philosopher, in On Nature, of Sextus Empiricus.

Time is a violent torrent; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by, and another takes its place, before this too will be swept away.
Marcus Aurelius, 121-180, roman emperor and philosopher, Thoughts

Every instant of time is a pinprick of eternity. All things are insignificant, easily changed, vanishing away.
Marcus Aurelius, 121-180, roman emperor and philosopher, Thoughts

Our existence is a short circuit of light between two eternities of darkness.
Vladimir Nabokov, 1889-1977, Russian writer, Na outra margem da memória

Life’s short span forbids us to enter on far reaching hopes.
Horace, 65-8 b. C., roman poet, Odes

Necessary, since every moment in our lives is marked by death, like a shadow from another realm, it appear to us like a vanishing point for everything.

How can one meditate on live without meditating too on its brevity, its precariousness, its fragility?
Andre Comte-Sponville, French philosopher, The Little Book of Philosophy 

life is too short to waste

We can’t avoid thinking of our existential condition, of the shortness of our lives, of the transitory nature of everything. We do it all the time we exist, in all societies. The brevity of life torments the human spirit. The proximity of death is «a source of grief during all our life» (Edgar Morin).

Let us meditate on the superior way with which Homer expressed our condition as human beings:

«Insignificant mortals, who are as leaves are, and now flourish and grow warm with life, and feed on what the ground gives, but soon fade away and are dead».

Let us list the sad music springing out of the words of Marcus Aurelius, the roman emperor, who was also a philosopher, reflecting on the shortness of our lives:

«Life is a campaign, a brief stay in a strange region». 
«Time is a violent torrent; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by, and another takes its place, before this too will be swept away».

Or the music and poetry of the verses of Psalm 103:

«As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. But the wind passes over, and soon all disappears; and his place will no more exist».

These thoughts reach beyond epochs and frontiers, they plunge into the depths of our soul; they are imbued with a serene controlled sadness and poetry, associated with the awareness of our inability to overcome the brutal force of an unjust reality that crushes.

In them lives the dignity of our conscience, our capacity of seeing beyond the present, of overcoming our humble origins, of assuming ourselves as the conscience and the poetry of the living universe.

In them is also consubstantiated the strength of human art, of poetry, of beauty. They are a way of nullifying the smallness and insignificance of human beings, of raising us to a much higher level. They are well above the world that condemns human beings to death. In them we claim against the injustice present in the heart of life. In their way, they immortalize us.


If a man dies, will he live again?
Bible, Job  

Absolute death has always tormented the human being. Will we cease to exist after our physical death? Is our existence purely earthly? 

Most answers have been negative. Man is tempted to believe in life after death and some authors say that society and life – and the meaning of life – would be impossible without this creed.  But it is possible to detect voices stating otherwise, even in past times, and many doubts in philosophy and even in religious texts such as the Bible.

Christian & Bible Doubts About What Happens To People After Death

Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?
Bible, Ecclesiastes

Dying is one of two things. Either it is like having no awareness at all, or, as people say, it’s some kind of transfer of address for the soul from where we are into some other place. And if it is no awareness at all, if it is like a sleep slept out without any dreams, then death is wonderful.
Socrates, 470-399 a.C., Greek philosopher in Plato Apology

It is already time to go away, I to die, you to your life; but which of us goes to the better fate, that is unknown to us all – except god.
Socrates, 470-399 a.C., Greek philosopher in Plato Apology

Christian Thoughts On Life After Death

To Christianity man is an exceptional being, on whom God has endowed the grace of resurrection. 

There will be no more death, no more pain.
Bible, Apocalipse

Death is the bridge to the definitive life.
Bible, Corinthians

All who have been adopted into God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ will be given new life.
Bible, Corinthians 

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.
Bible, Corinthians

The corruptible body will gain incorruption, and the mortal body will gain immortality, and then what is written will happen: death will be swallowed up in victory.
Bible, Corinthians 

I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish…
Jesus, in Bible, John 

The Ecclesiastes Vision (9.3 To 9.12): Life After Death 

The Ecclesiastes vision of death is rather secular. It admits mortality of the soul, which is contrary to the broader biblical message of life after death and negation of absolute death.

This is the major evil in all that is done under the sun: that there is a same destiny to all. That’s why the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live: that all they go to the dead. 

The livings know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 

The dead love, and their hatred, and their envy, all have perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion in anything that is done under the sun.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the death region, where you are going. 

Men don’t know their time. As the fish that are taken in an evil net, and as the little birds that are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them. 

Mystic Visions About The After Death

Dead shall awake as Jacob did (…) And in the gate of heaven they shall enter, and in that house they shall dwell, where there shall be no Cloud nor Sun, no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light, no noise nor silence, but one equal music, no fear nor hopes, but one equal possession, no foes nor friends, but one equal communion and identity, no ends nor beginnings but one equal eternity.
John Donne, 1572-1631, English mystical poet, Sermons

All things were spotless and pure and glorious… I knew not that there were any sins or complaint or laws. I dreamed not of poverties, contentions or vices. All tears and quarrels were hidden from my eyes. Everything was at rest, free and immortal. 
Thomas Traherne, 1637-1674, English mystic, Centuries of Meditations


The Internet Classics Archive – Dozens of complete works of top classics
Humanistic texts – Passages and comments on dozens of classics 
Gutenberg Project – Thousands of classic authours and their works


Aristotle – Nicomachaen Ethics
Blaise Pascal 
– Thoughts, W. F. Trotter translation (Fordham University, New York) 
Dalai Lama – Excerts from Dalai Lama books
Epicurus – Epicurus and Epicurean philosophy
Epicurus – Epicurus philosophy online
Francis Bacon – Essays of Francis Bacon
Henry Thoreau – Books and Essays: Thoreau Reader
Heraclites – The Fragments
Lucrecius – Passages of Lucrecius Rerum Natura and comments 
Marcus Aurelius – The Meditations 
Montaigne – Essays, Translation by Charles Cotton, Oregon State University
Picco de la Mirandolla – Oration on the Dignity of Man, University of Michigan
Plato – The Republic
Saint Augustine – Confessions, Internet Sacred Text Archive 
William James – Essays and other works


Andre Compte-Sponville 
A short Treatise on the Great Virtues (Vintage)
The Little Book of Philosophy (Vintage)
Edgar MorinLa Méthode I-VI (Flammarion)


Philosophy of life and other essays – Reflections Booklet: Meaning of life, Existence of God, Morality, Women’s liberation
The great story – The Universe, the Earth and the Human story
Animal rights – 
Texts involving non-human life wrights
Bible – 
Online Bibles
The 2 sides of – The 2 sides Of

Best, old, wise, funny saying about life

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.
Unknown author

Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
Unknown author

Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right.
Unknown author

What’s life unless an escape to death, and what’s death unless an escape to life?
Unknown author

old sayings about life and death

Death is to stop sinning suddenly.
Unknown author

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,, 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.

Why It’s Worth it to Pay for End of Lease Cleaning in Sydney

If you are getting ready to move out of your rental home or apartment, it’s a good idea to look into hiring a professional for end of lease cleaning Sydney. You might be thinking about doing all of the cleaning yourself, but for many people, it’s worth it to hire a professional instead. These are some of the reasons why professional end of lease cleaning Sydney is worth the money.

How Much is a end of lease cleaning Sydney?

For one thing, you might be thinking about skipping out on hiring someone for end of lease cleaning Sydney because of the cost. After all, you might already be spending a lot of money on your move, since you might have to put a deposit down on your new apartment, hire a moving company and pay for other costs. Even though money might be tight right now, though, it’s not a bad idea to at least look into the cost of end of lease cleaning Sydney. Depending on the size and condition of your rental and the company that you hire for the job, you might find that it’s surprisingly affordable.

End of lease cleaning Sydney Helps You Leave Your Rental in Great Condition

Next, you should think about the importance of leaving your rental in good condition when you move out. It might be important to you to leave the place behind in better condition than it was when you moved in. Additionally, if you don’t leave the rental in good shape, you might not get your entire security deposit back. Having a good landlord reference in the future might be important to you, too, and leaving your rental in good, clean condition when you move out is an important part of that.

If you hire a professional for end of lease cleaning Sydney like, then you can help make sure that your apartment or rental house gets nice and clean. A professional will know about all of the little extra steps that need to be taken when you move out, such as cleaning the oven and the light fixtures.

Hiring an end of lease cleaning

When it’s time to move, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You might have a long list of things that you need to do, and you might feel like you have a limited amount of time to get everything done. If you have to take the time to do the end of lease cleaning Sydney on your own, then it can take time away from packing, moving and settling into your new place. You can avoid worrying about all of this during a stressful time in your life by hiring someone for end of lease cleaning Sydney like

As you can see, for many people, it is worth it to pay someone for end of lease cleaning Sydney when moving out of a rental. If you find the right company to hire for the job, then you’ll probably be happy with your decision when you are able to enjoy the benefits above.


Happiness is the supreme goal of human beings. Or should be… The meaning of life depends on happiness. As George Santayana said:

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

Happiness – and the meaning of life – can be found in wisdom, in God, holiness and religion, and also in art, love and friendship. But since pain and cruelty are always around us, how lasting can happiness be?

The Purpose Of Life Is To Be Happy

All beings are equal in both their desire for happiness and their right to obtain it.

What is the purpose of life? I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want to suffer. From the very core of our being we simply desire contentment.

I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars, and planets, has a deeper meaning, but at the very least it is clear that we humans who live on this Earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. 
Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual and political leader, Voices from the Heart 

Love And Friendship As The Source Of Happiness And Meaning

Without love and friendship there is no happiness.

Only the soul that loves is happy.
Johann Goethe, 1749-1831, German writer, Egmont

There is one only happiness in life: to love and be loved.
George Sand, 1804-1876, French writer, Letter to Lina Calamatta

Friendship dances around the world, proclaiming to us all to rouse ourselves to give thanks.
Epicurus, 341-270 a. C., Greek philosopher, Vatican Sayings

In Tibet we say that many illnesses can be cured by the one medicine of love and compassion. These qualities are the ultimate source of human happiness, and our need for them lies at the very core of our being.
Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual and political leader, Voices from the Heart 

Even if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and have all faith, so as to remove mountains, if I don’t have love, I’ll be not happy.
Bible, Corinthians

See also:Life and Love 
Life and friendship 
Love Essays Book

Meaning Of Life, Happiness And Wisdom

Happiness is deeply linked to our wisdom, and our philosophies of life. The Dalai Lama, and his philosophy of life, stresses it.

The key to a happier world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.

We should devote our most serious efforts to bringing about mental peace. From my own limited experience, I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquillity comes from the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.

Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. 

I try to treat whomever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.
Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual and political leader, Voices from the Heart

God And Holiness As A Source Of Meaning And Happiness

The knowledge of man’s misery without that of God causes despair.
Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French intellectual, Thoughts

There is no salvation outside the church.
Saint Augustine, 354-430, Christian intellectual and leader, De Baptismo contra Donatistas 

Religion gives safety, confidence and hope to the human spirit; the spirit gains the certainty of a saving truth that repeals the corrosion of doubt.
E. Morin, French intellectual, Método V

Religious faith, as the faith in an idea, is a profound strength that helps to support against the cruelty of the world.
E. Morin, French intellectual, Método V 

Music, Poetry And Art As Sources Of Meaning And Happiness

In a world so often cruel and uninteresting, music, poetry, and the arts in general, are a way of giving meaning to life and happiness.

Without poets and artists, men would rapidly succumb to the monotony of nature.
Guillaume Apollinaire, 1880-1918, French writer, The Cubist Painters

For people of feeling, the aim of the arts is to conjure away the burden of bitterness.
Gustav Flaubert, 1821-1880, French writer, in M. Nadeau Correspondence 

Aesthetics, in a society such as ours, so separated from religion and magic, has a capital virtue: it allows us not only to appreciate the beauties of existence, it creates not only beauty, or else joy, but it also helps us to tolerate the unsupportable surplus of reality, and, simultaneously, to face the world’s cruelty.
E. Morin, French intelectual, Method V 

The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited.
William Saroyan, 1908-1981, American writer, in interview to The New York Times, 31/10/1983. 

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English writer, Twelfth Night

O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound 
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour!
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English writer, Twelfth Night

Is Happiness And Meaning Lasting?

Happiness isn’t eternal or permanent. Pain and cruelty are always peeping into our lives. So, up to which point are we happy or not?

Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
Bernard Shaw, 1856-1960, Irish writer, Candida

We are never as happy or unhappy as we imagine.
Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer, Maxims 

The aptitude of man to suffer is comparable to his aptitude to enjoy, and his aptitude to misery is inseparable from his aptitude to happiness.
E. Morin, French intelectual, Método V

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
Henry Thoreau, 1817-1862, American essayist, Journal

We cannot but desire truth and happiness, but we are incapable of certainty or happiness.
Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French intelectual, Thoughts

Men of ill judgement often ignore the good that lies within their hands.
Sophocles, 496-406 a. C, Greek poet, Antigone

As a rule, happiness dulls our intelligence, and it isn’t easy to keep our psychic balance when we are happy.
Ovid, 43 b. C. -17 a. C, Roman writer, The Art of Love


Isn’t precisely happiness what everybody wants?», asked Saint Augustine, in the 5th century.

«All human beings are equal in both their desire for happiness and their right to obtain it», considered the Dalai Lama more recently, embodying a largely consensual answer.

But is happiness possible or lasting? And under what conditions?

The answers are, naturally, many and very divergent. Johann Goethe, as most of us, admits the existence of happiness though not lasting: many things do last, but not continuous happiness.

This is a consensual perspective, as much as the Dalai Lama’s about our continuous and intimate search and desire for happiness. Pain and fears are always peeping into, always ready to break our lives, but happiness exists as well…

This is not the view of Blaise Pascal, a great Christian thinker of the seventeenth century. For him, human happiness was an impossible task. Listen to him:

«Our minds do not require great education to understand that there is no real and lasting satisfaction; that our pleasures are only vanity; that our evils are infinite; and, lastly, that death, which threatens us every moment, must infallibly place us within a few years under the dreadful end of being for ever either annihilated or unhappy».

Despite his intense faith in God, and unlike St. Augustine, Pascal didn’t achieve inner peace, certainty or illumination. To Pascal, it was impossible to escape from the cruelty of the world, despite our attempts otherwise: «The king is surrounded by persons whose only thought is to divert the king, and to prevent his thinking. For he is unhappy, king though he be, if he think of himself», he considered, in a partially metaphorical tone.

Perhaps what Pascal lacked is «good health and bad memory » that Ingrid Bergman spoke of as being essential to happiness. Pascal suffered very much from illness, which may indeed have had some weight on his ideas about our existential situation.

What was also missing for Pascal was the conviction of St. Augustine, the militant and illuminating faith, for which the epoch may have counted – science, in the seventeenth century was drafting its first leaps and secular thought was beginning to replace Saint Augustine’s mystics… The human world was driving away from the Church and faith. Science was revealing a universe made of an infinite number of galaxies, incomprehensible to man, incompatible with traditional faith, which negatively impressed and anguished Pascal.

St. Augustine and Blaise Pascal both show how our happiness depends on our ideas and philosophies of life. The negative impact of Pascal’s existentialist ideas and conceptions on his happiness (or lack of it, to be more precise) is obvious. Also obvious is the great impact of  Saint Augustine’s faith (though apparently very similar to Pascal’s) in the happiness he felt after his conversion to Christianity.

Also curious is how these same ideas can vary, or be recovered, or be apostatized. «God, give me chastity and continence, but not just now!», demanded Saint Augustine, some years before his adoption of the Christian faith. «Far from me, far from the heart of your serf, my God, confessing to you, the idea of finding happiness in whatever the joy!» he wrote some years after, already converted to Christianity, refusing secular pleasures.