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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Life
 
Life is probation: mortal man was made
To solve the solemn problem—right or wrong.
        John Quincy Adams.—Written in an Autograph Album, Jan. 1, 1828.
  1
Life, as we call it, is nothing but the edge of the boundless ocean of existence where it comes on soundings.
        Holmes.—The Professor at the Breakfast Table, Chap. V.
  2
I slept and dreamed that life was Beauty;
I woke and found that life was Duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, poor heart, unceasingly;
And thou shalt find thy dream to be
A truth and noonday light to thee.
        Ellen Sturgis Hooper.—Life a Duty.
  3
Life? ’Tis the story of love and troubles,
  Of troubles and love, that travel together
The round world through.
        Joaquin Miller.—Life.
  4
        Men’s lives, like oceans, change
In shifting tides, and ebb from either shore
Till the strong planet draws them on once more.
        Stedman.—The Blameless Prince, Stanza 59.
  5
The life that I aspire to live
  No man proposeth me;
Only the promise of my heart
  Wears its emblazonry.
        Henry D. Thoreau.—“The Dial,” Oct. 1842.
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