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Remember you have but one soul; you will die but once; you have only one life, which is short, and which you must live on your own account; there is only one heaven, which lasts forever—this will make you indifferent to many things.
Teresa of Ávila (AD 1515 - 1582)
Minor Works of St. Teresa, p. 198
As for me, my days are sprinting by like a runner. Seeing nothing good, they seek escape... Humankind, born of woman, has a few brief years with much suffering.
Book of Job 9.25 and 14.1, Voice
You have determined the length of my days, and my life is nothing compared to You. Even the longest life is only a breath.”
Book of Psalms 39.5, Voice
A voice says, “Declare!” But what shall I declare? All life is like the grass. All of its grace and beauty fades like the wild flowers in a field. The grass withers, the flower fades as the breath of the Eternal One blows away. People are no different from grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; nothing lasts except the word of our God. It will stand forever.
Book of Isaiah the Prophet 40.6-8, Voice