Why The Longing For Life?

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Until I came upon the following quotes, I thought I was the only one with such a thought – Why the longing for life?

You might think this is pessimistic and despairing. I find it on the contrary. I think this is a very realistic view of life. It is seeing life for what it is. This is realism. Indeed, I think this is enlightenment.

Facts of life wisely said and wisely put. The quotes said it all. I don't think there is need to add anything or explain anything.

Life is a strange thing. Why this longing for life? It is a game which no man wins. To live is to toil hard and to suffer sore, till old age creeps heavily upon us and we throw down our hands on the cold ashes of dead fires. It is hard to live. In pain the babe sucks his first breath, in pain the old man gasps his last, and all his days are full of trouble and sorrow; yet he goes down to the open arms of death, stumbling, falling, with head turned backward, fighting to the last. And death is kind. It is only life and the things of life that hurt. Yet we love life and we hate death. It is very strange. - Jack London

Very strange indeed! I, for one, don’t long for Life.

It is astonishing how much more anxious people are to lengthen life than to improve it; and as misers often lose large sums of money in attempting to make more, so do hypochondriacs squander large sums of time in search of nostrums by which they vainly hope they may get more time to squander. - Charles Caleb Colton

If each of us can be helped by science to live a hundred years, what will it profit us if our hates and fears, our loneliness and our remorse will not permit us to enjoy them? What use is an extra year or two to the man who ‘kills’ what time he has? - David Neiswanger

The paradox of life!


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