facts of life

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n facts of life the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
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    “Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.”
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.”
  • Norman Sherry
    Norman Sherry
    “The facts of a person's life will, like murder, come out.”
  • Agnes C. Laut
    Agnes C. Laut
    “The ultimate umpire of all things in life is -- fact.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
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    “I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man's part in the real battle of life.”
  • Henry James
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    “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

Idioms

Facts of life - When someone is taught the facts of life, they learn about sex and reproduction.
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Usage

In literature:

The great fact of life is that we are spiritual beings.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
The fact is, he is small, only full of life and joy to the brim.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
In fact, Emerson has never in his life felt the normal appeal of any painting, or any sculpture, or any architecture, or any music.
"Emerson and Other Essays" by John Jay Chapman
In ordinary life most of us make fewer arguments of fact than of policy.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
Nothing else, in fact, came in or went out of her life.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
All the big facts of life would remain the same.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
For all she said about the material facts of her life St. Teresa might be alive to-day and in England.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
The study of Jesus' life cannot ignore this fact, nor make little of it.
"The Life of Jesus of Nazareth" by Rush Rhees
That will indeed be the beginning of a new era, of a millennium in fact, in the preservation of wild life.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
We miss an important fact in his life if we do not take note of the impression which he made on such men.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
Only the barest facts of his early life can be told.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
Browning was in fact by his principles and his ideals a man of the world, but in his life far otherwise.
"Robert Browning" by G. K. Chesterton
The fact is, that we know nothing certainly as to the birth, life, death, of this supposed Christ.
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
These facts I owe to the excellent Life of Calvin by Mr. T.H.
"Notes & Queries, No. 40, Saturday, August 3, 1850" by Various
You can't smother sin or the facts of life unless they occur separately.
"Kindred of the Dust" by Peter B. Kyne
It is their combined power that gives interest and meaning to the facts of life, and transmutes them into a moral and intellectual order.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
The stage became essentially pictorial, and began to be used to represent faithfully the actual facts of life.
"The Theory of the Theatre" by Clayton Hamilton
In fact, we lived a dream-life of chastity that could not relate itself to any human conditions.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
He was, in fact, possessed of very considerable natural aptitude for political life.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
Every fact is impure, but every fact contains in it the juices of life.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
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In poetry:

Oh boys too, as a matter of fact,
and cigarettes and cars.
Mother frowned at my wasted life.
My father smoked cigars.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
But these are facts you can't deny,
My pastor, smudged and sooty,
His mind was like a summer sky —
He lived a life of beauty —
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
Now, looking o'er the frozen North,
For one like him in word and act,
To call her old, free spirit forth,
And give her faith the life of fact,--
"Rantoul" by John Greenleaf Whittier
To be vext at a Trifle or two that I writ,
Your Judgment at once, and my Passion You wrong:
You take that for Fact, which will scarce be found Wit:
Odd's Life! must One swear to the Truth of a Song?
"A Better Answer" by Matthew Prior
How, when, and where, we'll not relate,
Only a real fact we state.
Aldworth held thirty pounds a year
During the life of Carpenter:
He'd every motive to shun strife--
Aldworth should try to save his life.
"The Cuckold" by William Hutton
Your youth must struggle with the facts as they are seen,
And blaze the trail for home and life redeemed:
Your hope, I claim, is in the courage of the time,
So go ye forth and win the battle that's sublime.
"Go and Win" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

In news:

Smut , bigotry now a corporate e-mail fact of life.
In fact, with all the real-life evolutionary science that went into the making of the game, I feel like I've actually learned a few things during my time in Spore 's universe.
It's a fact of life that plywood is undersized in thickness and this results in ugly gaps in doors with plywood panels.
The Facts of Life star, 44, is godmother to two of the Jolie-Pitt kids.
It's a fact of life for Masek, who has been trapping on the Minto Flats, east of Fairbanks, for more than 30 years.
As my senior year picks up speed, an unavoidable fact of life is revealing itself: My peers and I are growing up.
LONDON — Life is a journey full of discoveries and I have added at least one important fact to my store of knowledge this year: Hell hath no fury like an organic eater spurned.
Grossman said the state needs to move quickly because internet gaming is going to be a fact of life.
Mistakes are a fact of life - the important thing is that you learn from them and don't make them again.
For many businesses in 2012, Big Data is a fact of life.
Dry skin is a fact of life in the arctic desert that is Fairbanks in the winter.
But doctors often don't think about it in young, healthy kids -- a fact of life Dr Paul Kantor and some colleagues are hoping to change.
We're not big fans of locked handsets, but let's face it: It's a fact of life in the USA if you want to get 'em cheap and subsidized.
"Internet gaming is going to be a fact of life and is going to have an impact on lotteries all over the country in the relatively near future," he said.
I have lived in Augusta for the majority of my life, and like to have pride in the fact that I go to a school that is named after it.
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In science:

In fact the Laplace transform of limiting distribution of the residual life is given by (2.50) which is different from (5.12).
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: weak large deviations principle
For instance, it is assumed that P < 1 for TIRSN =1 local units, a rather strange assumption in view of the fact that life on Earth has well survived the local SN rate.
On the "Galactic Habitable Zone"
But the fact of ’motion ’ in discrete space-time of Life never obeys to direct physical laws.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
The existence of spaceships is extremely important fact in the game of Life as it can be applied to construction of mathematical (heuristic) models of the physical laws.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
In fact, X also arises as the short life time and high density diffusion limit of a branching particle system, which can be described as follows: in the nth approximation step each particle has mass 1/n and lives a random time which is exponential with mean 1/n.
Branching diffusions, superdiffusions and random media
Mind is, according to our interpretation of the facts, an ‘emergent’ from life, and life an emergent from a lower physico-chemical level of existence.
Definability in the Real Universe
Much of this new information relates not to archival facts, but to real-life events and trends.
FuturICT
This is clearly related to the fact that, for a given particle, most of its life was spent in the deepest ‘trap’ encountered up to time t [13, 14].
Localisation in 1D random random walks
It has long been a supposed fact of life that the differential equations of physics are first or second order.
On a Generalization in Quantum Theory: Is $\hbar$ Constant?
The fact that no stars are observed in the Group 3 may indicate that the change of the surface abundances occur within a small fraction of the visible MS life.
Stellar Evolution with Rotation V: Changes in all the Outputs of Massive Star Models
Thus the extra timelike coordinate is a fact of life in the theory even in the absence of a full (25,2) symmetry.
MSFT : Moyal Star Formulation of String Field Theory
If for some reason a machine part becomes more reliable with time over at least part of its life cycle, then it can be particularly important to know that fact.
Testing for monotone increasing hazard rate
In general these simulations confirm the previous results, adding some facts about the structure, size and life times of isolated pulsations whose sizes are determined to lie in the interval between (10 − 20)λi with the tendency of a gradual shrinkage during the reformation process.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
In fact, a massive star spends about 90 % of its life burning H, and almost all of the remaining 10 % burning He.
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
Polarised Electrons Spin is now becoming a fact of life in storage rings: the natural polarisation, due to the Ternov-Sokolov effect , has a maximum theoretical value of 92.4% and, in practice, the polarisations obtained now are not far below.
Symposium Summary
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