What is life?

Life is partly what You make it,  partly what it is affected by environment, and partly what Your fate is.
People can be taught how to succeed in life by developing the ability to learn, understand, and think about things. When people talk about intelligence, they usually mention IQ (Intelligence Quotient) , EQ (Emotional Quotient), SQ (Spiritual Quotient). IQ, EQ, SQ are  a measure of success in life.

I believe that there are 3 factors which affect a person's life. The three factors are yourself (character, habit, etc. ), environment (politics, economy, religion, race, etc.), fate (your destiny can't change)

  1/3 Yourself+ 1/3 Environment + 1/3 Fate= Successful life (Virtue, Noble, Wealth, Longevity)

Proverbs, Famous sayings

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. (Chinese proverb)
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. (
Italian proverb)
Who loves not women, wine, and song, remains a fool his whole life long.
(German proverb)
Alertness and courage are life's shield.
(Philippine proverb)
Better to lose a minute in your life than your life in a minute.
(Uruguayan proverb)
It is advantageous to follow advice, for you will succeed in life. (
Philippine proverb)
Life is a candle before the wind.
(Japanese proverb) 
Life is a temporary stop, death is the journey home.
(Vietnamese proverb) 
A contented ass enjoys a long life.
(Portuguese proverb)
A good life defers wrinkles.
(Spanish proverb)
A handful of good life is better than seven barrels of learning.
(French proverb)
He spends the happiest life who knows nothing.
(Latin proverb)
A precipice in front of you, and wolves behind you; that is life
. (Latin proverb)
A short life and a merry one.
A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
(Chinese proverb)
An industrious life is the best security for food in old age.
(Latin proverb)
Better ride a good horse for a year, than an ass all your life.
(Dutch proverb)
Every day of your life is a page of your history.
(Arabian proverb)
Every life has its joy, every joy its law.
(Danish proverb)
Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
He took care to enjoy himself as long as life lasted.
(Latin proverb)
How many accidents keep human life a rolling.
(Latin proverb)
Idle men are dead all their life long.
If life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
If you would live well for a week, kill a hog; if you would live well for a month, marry; if you would live well all your life, turn priest.
Ignorance is the peace of life.
(Kashmiri proverb)
It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.
(Irish proverb)
It is better to ride for half a year on a good horse than to spend your entire life riding on a mule.
(Dutch proverb)
Let him that would be happy for a day, go to the barber; for a week, marry a wife; for a month, buy him a new horse; for a year, build him a new house; for all his lifetime, be an honest man.
(Italian proverb)
Live your own life, for you will die your own death.
(Latin proverb)
Long life to the conqueror.
(Spanish proverb)
Man fools himself. He prays for a long life and he fears old age.
(Chinese proverb)
Man's life is a sojourn in a strange land.
(Latin proverb)
Man's life's a vapor, and full of woes; he cuts a caper, and down he goes.
Marriage, with peace, is this world's paradise; with strife, this life's purgatory.
No man is contented with his lot in this life.
(Latin proverb)
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
None so old that he hopes not for a year of his life.
(Latin proverb)
One man's death is another man's life.
(Maltese proverb)
Once in each man's life fortune smiles.
(Latin proverb)
Only three things in life are certain birth, death and change.
Seek not the luxuries of life lest you reap sorrow.
(Latin proverb)
Smoke, a dripping roof, and a scolding wife, are enough to drive a man out of his life.
(Spanish proverb)
Smoke, floods, and a troublesome wife, are enough to drive a man out of his life.
(French proverb)
The best things in life are free.
The error of one moment becomes the sorrow of a whole life.
(Chinese proverb)
Those who are nourished by hope live ever in suspense, and enjoy not life.
(Latin proverb)
To believe in one's dreams is to spend all of one's life asleep.
(Chinese proverb)
To know nothing is the happiest life.
(Latin proverb)
Truth never dies, but lives a wretched life.
(Yiddish proverb)
Variety is the spice of life.
(American proverb)
Where there is life there is hope.
(Latin proverb)
While life lasts let us enjoy it.
(Latin proverb)
Who is always prying into other men's affairs, leads a dangerous life.
(Spanish proverb)
Whose life is as lightning, his words are as thunder.
(Latin proverb)
Wisdom in the man, patience in the wife, brings peace to the house, and a happy life.
(Dutch proverb)
You have to take life as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it.
(German proverb)
Life is like this: sometimes sun, sometimes rain.
(Fijian proverb) 
Life is but a span.
Life begins at forty.
Life begins the day you start a garden.
(Chinese proverb)  
Life has its duties ever.
Life is stranger than fiction.
Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.
(Japanese proverb)  
Life is good if you don't weaken.
Life is half spent before one knows what life is.
(French proverb)  
Life is like an onion. Why is life like an onion? Because you peel away layer after layer and when you come to the end you have nothing.
(Yiddish proverb)  
Life is long if you know how to use it.
Life is made up of little things.
Life is measured by thought and action not by time.
Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work. (
Indian proverb)  
Life is not a cup to be drained, but a measure to be filled
. (American proverb) 
Life is not all roses.
Life is not all beer and skittles.
Life is not all clear sailing in calm waters.
Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
Life is short; art is long.
Life is sweet and joyful thing for one who has a pure conscience.
Life is too short to worry.
Life lies not in living but in liking.
Life without a friend is death.
Life without learning is death.
Life would be too smooth if it had no rubs in it.
Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel-mine and coming out with empty hands.
(Japanese proverb)  
Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose. (Chinese proverb)  

I would live to study, and not study to live.
Francis Bacon
It matters not how long we live, but how.
Every man's life is a fairytale written by God's fingers.
Hans Ciristian Andersen
Happiness is not the end of life; character is.

Oh! lift me as a wave. a leaf a cloud!
I fail upon the thorns of life! I bleed.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Oh God! that bread should be so dear,
And flesh and blood so cheap!
Don't waste life in doubts and fears.
We come and we cry, and that is life; we yawn and we depart and that is death!
Ausone De Chancel
Life is long lesson in humility.
I is a misery to be born, a pain to live, a trouble to die.
ST. Bernard of Clairvaux
No one is to be despaired of as long as he breathes
Do you love life? then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
My candle burns at both ends,
It wil not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and , oh. my friends,
It gives a lovely light.
Edna ST. vincent Millay
As is a tale, so is life; not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
Out, out, brief candle !
Life's but a walking shadow.
Men Know life too early; women know life too late.
Ask what is human life - the sage replies,
With disappointment lowering in his eye,
A painful passage of a restless flood,
A vain pursuit of fugitive false good,
A sense of fancied bliss and heartfelt care,
closing at last in darkness and despair
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Age and youth look upon life from the opposite and of the telescope to the one it is exceedingly long, to the other exceedingly short.
Herry Ward beecher
All of the animals, excepting man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler
Life is a test and this world a place of trial. Always the problems or it may be the sample problem will be the presented to every generation in different forms.
Winton Churchill
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
What is life but the angle of vision? A man is measured by the angle at which he looks at objects
Ralp Waldo Emerson
The fool with all his other faults has this also he is always getting ready to live.
Were is offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults
Benjamin Franklin
I think that, as like is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Life is romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sum but you have to make the romance, and it will come to the question how much fire you have your belly.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The mind that is cheerful at present will have no solicitude for the future, and will meet the bitter occurrences of life with a smile
The giver of life who gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness.
Thomas Jeferson
Unrest of spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.
Karl Meninger
As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
Psalms 8:5
Life is not so important as duties of life
John Randolph
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but eh doctrine of the strenuous life.
Theorodore Roosevelt
A  baby is God's opinion that life should go on.
Carl Sandburg
Life is neither a good nor an evil; it is simply the place where good and evil exist.
Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
The web of our life is of a mingled yam, good and ill together.
Anyone can carry his burden, however hard until night all. Anyone can do his work; however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovely, purely till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
Diane Ackerman
The less of routine, the more of life.
 Amos Bronson Alcott
Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.
Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
Life is a long lesson in humility.
Sir James Matthew Barrie
Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules.
Ashleigh Brilliant
Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.
Sir Thomas Browne
Life is a sum of all your choices.
 Albert Camus
Life is but thought.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learnt to walk.
 Cyril Connolly
All life is an experiment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
 Samuel Johnson
Our whole life is like a play.
Ben Jonson
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Adams Keller
Life's more amusing than we thought.
 Andrew Lang
Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.
David Herbert Lawrence
You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
Henry Louis Mencken
Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
Marge Piercy
A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it's all over.
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Bertrand Arthur William Russell
Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
 Carl Sandburg
Life is the enjoyment of emotion, derived from the past and aimed at the future.
 Alfred North Whitehead
Plain living and high thinking are no more.
 William Wordsworth
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharal Nehru
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
La Bruyere
Life is like a library owned by the author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
We make our fortunes, and we call them fate.
Earl of Beaconsfield
The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
Elbert Hubbard
The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
William Feather
There are no classes in life for beginners: right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.
Sir Thomas Brown
As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.
Jules Renard

By Lanba