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|English to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: live to die|
|this is all in the sentance|
|English translation:The old proverb said, Life is real, life is earnest, and its goal is but the grave.|
This was rebutted by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist
TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!—
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,—act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
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A sentence like this is a skeleton. . .
. . . that you can flesh out in any number of ways.
It can mean: Live like there is no tomorrow. Enjoy every minute; you will end up dead anyway.
It can also mean: Live knowing that this world is vanishing, this life is not the life everlasting. Live in anticipation of the defining moment of your whole life, the moment of your death. That is when the meaning is summed up.
It can also mean be daring, throw caution to the wind, seek death, and life will be given to you.
You can dress up such a skeleton in so many ways.