„One cannot live through a long stretch of years without forming some philosophy of life.“

Quelle: The Story of My Life (1932), Ch. 1 "Before The Beginning"
Kontext: One cannot live through a long stretch of years without forming some philosophy of life. As one journeys along he gains experiences and even some ideas. Accumulated opinions and philosophy may be more important to others than the bare facts about how he lived, so my ambition is not so much to relate the occurrences as to record the ideas that life has forced me to accept; and, after all, thoughts, impressions and feelings are really life itself. I should like to think that these reflections might make existence a trifle easier for some of those who may chance to read this story.

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—  Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988

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„In a crystal we have the clear evidence of the existence of a formative life-principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is none the less a living being.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

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„There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.“

—  Albert Camus, buch Der Mythos des Sisyphos

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As Spring revives the year,
And hails us with the cuckoo's song,
To show that she is here;“

—  Alfred Austin British writer and poet 1835 - 1913

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