Life is hard

Life is hard

[XEROX PARC] This phrase has two possible interpretations: (1) "While your suggestion may have some merit, I will behave as though I hadn't heard it." (2) "While your suggestion has obvious merit, equally obvious circumstances prevent it from being seriously considered." The charm of the phrase lies precisely in this subtle but important ambiguity.
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Spiritual survivors speak of the need to pray every day and accept that sometimes life is hard.
Committing to the care and comfort of another for life is hard. Some couples can stay in love romantically forever, and good for them.
"Our life is hard, but it is better than it was in Laredo," says Maria de los Angeles Molina, who lives in Colonia San Carlos, about five miles from the Laredo city limits.
Realize that life is hard. I occasionally find myself saying, "Life isn't supposed to be this way." Who says?