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lives he lives long who lives well the reputation derived from living a good and moral life ensures that one's name will last; proverbial saying, mid 16th century.
he that lives in hope dances to an ill tune hoping for something better may constrain one's freedom of action; proverbial saying, late 16th century.
he who lives by the sword dies by the sword proverbial saying, mid 17th century, meaning that the weapon on which your success is based will in the end be the means of your downfall. The saying is ultimately with biblical allusion to Matthew 26:52 ‘All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.’ An early 17th-century source, the play The Death of Robert, Earl of Huntington by Anthony Munday and others, has, ‘those that live in blood: in blood they die.’

See also one half of the world does not know how the other half lives, live2, a reed before the wind lives on.

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