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Vegetating consists in living or spending a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way.


  • Genuine living and mere vegetating have only breathing in common (and a few other things).
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Writings by Fausto Cercignani, 2014, quote 52.
  • If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
    • Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (1869), Vol. II, Conclusion.
  • Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life; it is better to die on the battle-field than to live a life of defeat.

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