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62,414. Activism doesn’t give up. Activism doesn’t fall silent. Activism doesn’t rely on the opiate of hope. Woody Allen once said, ‘I felt a lot better when I gave up hope’. Real activism has little time for identity politics, which like exceptionalism can be fake. These are distractions that confuse and sucker good people. (Activism & Hope & Advice & Life’s Like That) John Pilger, Socialism Chicago 2009, Power Illusion and America’s Last Taboo; viz also website
2,041. Rick: Nothing interesting ever happens to us ... Guys, Guys, look at us. Squabbling. Bickering like children. What’s happening to us? We never used to be like this ... Nothing ever changes. Nothing ever happens to us ...
Vyvyan: Monopoly? (Life’s Like That & Boredom & Comedy) The Young Ones: Boring, BBC 1992
2,045. Screw stands guard outside prison: Because you see I look at life like this [tilts head] ibid.
2,042. Bad Karma! Again! Guys, there’s some dinner on the floor if you want it. And if you don’t like that that would also be cool. (Life’s Like That & Dinner & Comedy) The Young Ones: Demolition, Neil
2,043. I’m going to kill myself now. [sticks head in oven] I see things much more clearly now. Goodbye, Rick. I’ll probably come back as a lentil. (Life’s Like That & Suicide & Comedy) ibid. Neil to Rick
2,044. The woods and the darkness and the howling wind! Will the snows never cease? We seem to reach back for ever. (Life’s Like That & Winter & Comedy) ibid. Russian couple next door
2,046. What a relaxed life is that which flees the worldly clamour, and follows the hidden path down which have gone the few wise men there have been in the world! Fray Luis de Leon, Viva Retirada
2,047. Diary of a Nobody by Gordon & Weedon Grossmith was published in 1892 and records the daily battles against Life’s minor injustices of a Mr Charles Pooter. (Life’s Like That & Fiction & Literature & Diary & Snobbery) Faulks on Fiction: The Snob, BBC 2011
2,048. Believe each day that has dawned is your last. Some hour to which you have not been looking forward will prove lovely. As for me, if you want a good laugh, you will come and find me fat and sleek, in excellent condition, one of Epicurus’s herd of pigs. Horace, Epistles
2,049. The pathway of a life unnoticed. ibid.
2,120. Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grant. (Life’s Like That & Fortune) ibid.
2,050. Life’s short span forbids us to enter on far-reaching hopes. (Life’s Like That & Hope) Horace, Odes
2,051. Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that Fate allows you. (Life’s Like That & Fate) ibid.
2,052. That man shall live as his own master and in happiness who can say each day, ‘I have lived’: tomorrow let the Father fill the sky with a black cloud or clear sunshine. ibid.
2,053. The ordinary surroundings of life which are esteemed by men (as their actions testify) to be the highest good, may be classed under the three heads – Riches, Fame, and the Pleasures of Sense: with these three the mind is so absorbed that it has little power to reflect on any different good. (Life’s Like That & Rich & Fame & Pleasure) Baruch Spinoza
2,054. A little while and I will be gone from among you. Whither I cannot tell. From nowhere we came, into nowhere we go. What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is a breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot, Blackfoot Indians chief, attributed
70,722. To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour. (Infinity & Eternity & Hour & Life’s Like Tat) William Blake
2,056. Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go … Life is nothing. Life is all. It is the hand with which we hold off death. It is the glow-worm that shines in the night-time and is black in the morning; it is the white breath of the oxen in winter; it is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself at sunset. (Life’s Like That & Dark) H Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines 1886
2,058. The brevity of our life, the dullness of our senses, the torpor of our indifference, the futility of our occupation, suffer us to know but little: and that little is soon shaken and then torn from the mind by that traitor to learning, that hostile and faithless stepmother to memory, oblivion. John of Salisbury c.1115-80
2,059. It seems to me you lived your life
Like a Candle in the Wind. (Life’s Like That & Candle) Elton John and Bernie Taupin, 1973 song
2,060. Enlarge my life with multitude of days,
In health, in sickness, thus the suppliant prays;
Hides from himself his state and shuns to know,
That life protracted is protracted woe.
Time hovers o’er, impatient to destroy,
And shuts up all the passages of joy. Samuel Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes
2,234. Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow, attend to the history of Rasselas prince of Abyssinia. Samuel Johnson, Rasselas
2,235. Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed. ibid.
2,061. Tell me not, in mournful numbers
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul. (Life’s Like That & Soul & Dream) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm to Life 1838
2,062. Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled dreams, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave. (Life’s Like That & Dream) ibid.
2,063. Trust no Futures, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, – act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God overhead! ibid.
2,064. Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time. ibid.
2,065. Let us, then, be up and going,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait. ibid.
2,068. Count it the greatest sin to prefer mere existence to honour, and for the sake of life to lose the reasons for living. (Life’s Like That & Honour) Juvenal A.D. 60-c.130, Roman satirist, Satires bk 8
2,069. We can’t all be happy, we can’t all be rich, we can’t all be lucky – and it would be so much less fun if we were … Some must cry so that others may be able to laugh the more heartily. Jean Rhys, ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ 1939
2,070. The perpetual hunger to be beautiful and that thirst to be loved which is the real curse of Eve. (Life’s Like That & Beauty & Women) Jean Rhys, The Left Bank 1927
2,071. Only the hopeless are starkly sincere and … only the unhappy can either give or take sympathy. ibid.
2,072. Why is someone deliberately trying to ruin my life? Trading Places 1983 starring Dan Aykroyd & Eddie Murphy & Ralph Bellamy & Don Ameche & Denholm Elliott & Jamie Lee Curtis & Paul Gleason & Kristin Holby & Frank Oz et al, director John Landis, Winthorpe
2,073. Just be yourself, sir. Whatever happens they can’t take that away from you. (Life’s Like That & Self) ibid.
2,080. Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat and drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, religion and art; and that therefore the production of the immediate material means of life and consequently the degree of economic development ... form the foundation upon which the forms of government, the legal conceptions, the art and even the religious ideas of the people concerned have been evolved ... instead of vice versa as had hitherto been the case. (Life’s Like That & Eulogy & Compliment) Frederick Engels, graveside tribute to Karl Marx
2,081. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve Jobs