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<div class="insert_right><p>Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do. Do you see the enormous paradox that is wrapped up in this? A being which consists not so much in what it is as in what it is going to be: therefore in what it has not yet become!</p><p class="cent small">[[Wikipedia:José Ortega y Gasset|José Ortega y Gasset]], 1928<ref>José Ortega y Gasset, ''What Is Philosophy?'' (Mildred Adams, trans., New York: W. W. Norton, 1960) p. 223.</ref></p><hr><p>[[What Lives?]]<br>[[How Will You Live]]
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<div class="insert_right" style="max-width: 350px;"><p>Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do. Do you see the enormous paradox that is wrapped up in this? A being which consists not so much in what it is as in what it is going to be: therefore in what it has not yet become!</p><p class="cent small">[[Wikipedia:José Ortega y Gasset|José Ortega y Gasset]], 1928<ref>José Ortega y Gasset, ''What Is Philosophy?'' (Mildred Adams, trans., New York: W. W. Norton, 1960) p. 223.</ref></p><hr><p>[[What Lives?]]<br>[[How Will You Live]]
 
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<ul><li>To maintain or support one's existence; to provide for oneself; to feed; to subsist.</li><li>To make the most of life; to experience a full, rich life.</li></ul>
 
  
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* 1a. To be alive; to possess life, either as an animal or as a plant; to be capable of vital functions.
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* 2a. To sustain oneself in life, esp. with food; to feed, subsist. In later use also: to support oneself by means of a source of income. Chiefly with by, †in, †of, off, on, upon, †with (the kind or source of sustenance).
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* 3. intransitive. To procure the means of subsistence, esp. habitually; to obtain a livelihood, make a living. With by, †of, on, upon, †with.
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* 4. intransitive. With adverb or adverbial phrase (also occasionally adjective or noun complement). To pass one's life in a specified fashion.<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;a. With reference to the manner of regulation of conduct, esp. in a moral aspect.<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;b. With reference to personal conditions, status, or quality of life, as one's degree of happiness, comfort, etc.<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;c. With reference to the rule or guiding principle, or to the object and purpose, of one's life. Frequently with for.<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;d. With reference to a mental state which dominates or characterizes a person's life.
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<p>''To live''—the ground of everything. Without living, nothing can be said. ''To live'' has few synonyms, but the verb lends itself to further precision through many adverbs—to live wisely, to live well, to live desperately, to live dangerously, to live securely, ... </p>
 
<p>''To live''—the ground of everything. Without living, nothing can be said. ''To live'' has few synonyms, but the verb lends itself to further precision through many adverbs—to live wisely, to live well, to live desperately, to live dangerously, to live securely, ... </p>
 
<p>To speak about living life active verbs work best. The verb "to be" is best used as an auxiliary verb or as a copula to tell us what a named thing is. </p>
 
<p>To speak about living life active verbs work best. The verb "to be" is best used as an auxiliary verb or as a copula to tell us what a named thing is. </p>
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To Live

Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do. Do you see the enormous paradox that is wrapped up in this? A being which consists not so much in what it is as in what it is going to be: therefore in what it has not yet become!

José Ortega y Gasset, 1928[1]


What Lives?
How Will You Live

  • 1a. To be alive; to possess life, either as an animal or as a plant; to be capable of vital functions.
  • 2a. To sustain oneself in life, esp. with food; to feed, subsist. In later use also: to support oneself by means of a source of income. Chiefly with by, †in, †of, off, on, upon, †with (the kind or source of sustenance).
  • 3. intransitive. To procure the means of subsistence, esp. habitually; to obtain a livelihood, make a living. With by, †of, on, upon, †with.
  • 4. intransitive. With adverb or adverbial phrase (also occasionally adjective or noun complement). To pass one's life in a specified fashion.

  a. With reference to the manner of regulation of conduct, esp. in a moral aspect.
  b. With reference to personal conditions, status, or quality of life, as one's degree of happiness, comfort, etc.
  c. With reference to the rule or guiding principle, or to the object and purpose, of one's life. Frequently with for.
  d. With reference to a mental state which dominates or characterizes a person's life.


To live—the ground of everything. Without living, nothing can be said. To live has few synonyms, but the verb lends itself to further precision through many adverbs—to live wisely, to live well, to live desperately, to live dangerously, to live securely, ...

To speak about living life active verbs work best. The verb "to be" is best used as an auxiliary verb or as a copula to tell us what a named thing is.


  1. José Ortega y Gasset, What Is Philosophy? (Mildred Adams, trans., New York: W. W. Norton, 1960) p. 223.