Proverbs, aphorisms and other shortcuts to life

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There is no cure

There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval. – Santayana


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We cannot put off living

We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, “here and now” without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point blank. – José Ortega y Gasset