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    Default it's not the years. It's the mileage?


    RD:
    You sound like the dying Lou Gehrig, when he said farewell to his fans and fellow players in Yankee Stadium and called himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
    Pausch: I am the luckiest. It rips my heart that my kids won't have a dad. But it's not the years. It's the mileage. I wouldn't choose to die at 47, but I've had a hell of a life.
    Hi!

    Q1: it's not the years. It's the mileage-> death is just around the corner?

    Q2: a hell of a life -->bad life?

    Tip: Pausch suffers from cancer.

    Thank you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    Q1: it's not the years. It's the mileage-> death is just around the corner?

    Q2: a hell of a life -->bad life?

    Tip: Pausch suffers from cancer.

    Thank you!
    The mileage refers to how far you have travelled in your life. This need not be in terms of distance, it can mean how much you have improved the quality of your own life and the lives of people around you.

    'A hell of a life' means a fantastic life, a life lived to the full with a lot of adventure and probably a lot of accomplishments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post


    Q2: a hell of a life -->bad life?

    "Hell of a" is often used to mean that something is of excellent quality or has some praiseworthy quality. It is an intensifier.

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    Default Re: it's not the years. It's the mileage?

    Hi fromatto & banderas,

    Thank you very much! I am still a bit in the dark on my questions above.

    1) it's not the years. It's the mileage-> the significance of life is not how many years people live but how far people go and how much people achieve. Is it right?

    2) I got a definition of " a hell of a " from online Cambridge Dictionary as below. But it doesn't reveal that something is quite good but a intensifier here.

    hell of a, helluva INFORMAL
    extremely, or extremely big:
    It's a/one hell of a big decision to take.
    The house was in a/one hell of a mess.
    I think the interpretation " a hell of a life" depends on the context. Sometimes it might be very good and sometimes bad. Am I right?


    PPS. I mistyped your ID, fromatto. Sorry!
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 18-May-2008 at 17:16. Reason: fromattos-->fromatto

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi fromattos & banderas,

    Thank you very much! I am still a bit in the dark on my questions above.

    1) it's not the years. It's the mileage-> the significance of life is not how many years people live but how far people go and how much people achieve. Is it right?

    2) I got a definition of " a hell of a " from online Cambridge Dictionary as below. But it doesn't reveal that something is quite good but a intensifier here.



    I think the interpretation " a hell of a life" depends on the context. Sometimes it might be very good and sometimes bad. Am I right?
    You are right with 1.

    You are right with 2. It was a hell of an injury, means the injury was very bad. And 'a hell of a life' can be negative. 'She had a hell of a life under her tyrannical father', means that she suffered.

    But in your quoted example, Lou G calls himself 'the luckiest man on the face of the earth'. In other words, the image is positive. He has lived a full life and done many things. He has enjoyed the ride and is ready to face his death knowing that his life has been worthwhile.

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    Fromatto, thank you very much!

    I'd like to write down the inspiring sentence, "it's not the years. It's the mileage",
    in my English-learning note. However I think the sentence might be confusing if without any context, so is it okay to touch it up as following?

    Life is not the years but mileage.

    Thanks in advance!




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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Fromatto, thank you very much!

    I'd like to write down the inspiring sentence, "it's not the years. It's the mileage", in my English-learning note. However I think the sentence might be confusing if without any context, so is it okay to touch it up as following?

    Life is not the years but mileage.

    Thanks in advance!



    If you want to keep the 'years and miles' imagery, you might consider: 'life is not to be counted in years, but in miles'.

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    Fromatto, thank you very much for answering my questions in a run.

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    Default Re: it's not the years. It's the mileage?

    It's not the years, it's the mileage mean.

    Think of a car. It's not how old a car is, it's the wear and tear caused by the kind of use it's had. You can have a car one year old and it's battered and dented, and run up as many miles in that one year as another car might in several.
    He's had a hell of a life = the wear and tear on him from hard living

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