— Abraham Maslow, book Motivation and Personality
Motivation and Personality (1954), p. 255.
— Yoshida Kenkō japanese writer 1283 - 1350
Essays in Idleness (1967 Columbia University Press, Trns: Donald Keene), Context: If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino never to vanish like the smoke over Toribeyama, but lingered on forever in the world, how things would lose their power to move us! The most precious thing in life is its uncertainty. Consider living creatures- none lives so long a man. The May fly waits not for the evening, the summer cicada knows neither spring nor autumn. What a wonderfully unhurried feeling it is to live even even a single year in perfect serenity.
„Sometimes we get caught up in our troubles and our problems and we let life slip away, but life is precious, all of life, and one must try to take in as much of it as possible.“
— Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954
„Realizing that life is precious the natural tendency is to trample on it, like laughing at a funeral.“
— Lester Bangs American music critic and journalist 1948 - 1982
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung (1988), "Peter Laughner" (September/October 1977), p. 222
— Thomas Bailey Aldrich American poet, novelist, editor 1836 - 1907
Broken Music; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„My darling girl, Unfortunately, this earth is not a fairy-land, but a struggle for life, perfectly natural and therefore extremely harsh. All the same, or precisely for this reason, it is happiness and comfort for us men to have a precious sweetheart - and I have the most precious, the dearest and best of all!“
— Martin Bormann Nazi leader and private secretary to Adolf Hitler 1900 - 1945
Quoted in "The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations" - Page 873 - by Robert Andrews - Reference - 1993.
„As an atheist, I believe that all life is unspeakably precious, because it’s only here for a brief moment, a flare against the dark, and then it’s gone forever.“
— J. Michael Straczynski, Passing Through Gethsemane
Context: As an atheist, I believe that all life is unspeakably precious, because it’s only here for a brief moment, a flare against the dark, and then it’s gone forever. No afterlives, no second chances, no backsies. So there can be nothing crueler than the abuse, destruction or wanton taking of a life. It is a crime no less than burning the Mona Lisa, for there is always just one of each. So I cannot forgive. Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 : "Passing Through Gethsemane : jms speaks" (13 July (2004) http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/048.html.
„Life is fleeting. Don't waste a single moment of your precious life. Wake up now! And now! And now!“
— Ruth Ozeki, book A Tale for the Time Being