Is it "Das Leben ist kurz" or "Leben ist kurz"?

Guten Tag! I'm learning German on my own. What is "Life is short" in German? Is it "Das Leben ist kurz" or "Leben ist kurz"? In English, "the" does not always precede a noun. Zum Beispiel, "life is unfair." But there is "the" in "this is the... show more Guten Tag! I'm learning German on my own.

What is "Life is short" in German? Is it "Das Leben ist kurz" or "Leben ist kurz"?

In English, "the" does not always precede a noun. Zum Beispiel, "life is unfair." But there is "the" in "this is the life that I want."

In German, how would I know whether a noun needs to be preceded by "the" or not?
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