Carpe Diem

These are some quotes on the topic, “Seize the Day” that I have saved in my favorites for some time.  Perhaps another time I’ll share more…I have quite a few.  They come from a wide variety of sources, some Christian, many decidedly not (this post comes with all the “disclaimers”).  I find it interesting that, regardless of religious persuasion, people in general have a deep and poignant sense of the brevity of life.  Of course, those of us who are Christians realize the full scope of this concept more thoroughly than anyone else could.  There are many reminders in scripture, such as Proverbs 27:1.  As “strangers and pilgrims”, I think this concept is worth keeping before us continually.

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Don’t be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.  ~Charles Richards

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite.  Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance.  Everyone is just waiting.  ~Dr. Seuss

Enjoy yourself.  It’s later than you think.  ~Chinese Proverb

Live every day as if it were your last and then some day you’ll be right.  ~H.H. “Breaker” Morant

Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one.  ~Wayne Dyer

I have died so little today, friend, forgive me.  ~Thomas Lux

Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.  ~Braveheart

Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive.  ~Elbert Hubbard

As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.  ~Zachary Scott

Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.  ~Annie Dillard

Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today.  ~James Dean

Why always “not yet”?  Do flowers in spring say “not yet”?  ~Norman Douglas

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.  ~Henry David Thoreau, “Economy,” Walden, 1854

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.  ~Stephen Vincent Benét

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.  ~George Santayana, “War Shrines,” Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies, 1922

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.  But there was always some obstacle in the way.  Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.  ~Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Time! where didst thou those years inter
Which I have seene decease?
~William Habington

Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.  ~Scottish Proverb

To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it – this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.  ~Walter Scott

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.  ~John Burroughs

Never forget that you must die; that death will come sooner than you expect… God has written the letters of death upon your hands.  In the inside of your hands you will see the letters M.M.  It means “Memento Mori” – remember you must die.  ~J. Furniss, Tracts for Spiritual Reading

There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back.  ~Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

To change one’s life:  Start immediately.  Do it flamboyantly.  No exceptions.  ~William James

Why must conversions always come so late?  Why do people always apologize to corpses?  ~David Brin

A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time.  ~Francis Bacon, Essays

You will never find time for anything.  If you want time you must make it.  ~Charles Buxton

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.  ~Margaret Fuller

Death twitches my ear.  “Live,” he says, “I am coming.”  ~Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Minor Poems, Copa

He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again.  ~Sydney Smith

Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.  ~John Henry Cardinal Newman

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.  ~Ruth E. Renkl

You may delay, but time will not.  ~Benjamin Franklin

We cannot waste time.  We can only waste ourselves.  ~George M. Adams

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.  ~Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.  ~Bernard Berenson

I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.  ~Tagore

Many people die with their music still in them.  Why is this so?  Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live.  Before they know it, time runs out.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Contemplation often makes life miserable.  We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.  ~Nicolas de Chamfort

I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour.  I dripped it carelessly, Ah!  I didn’t know, I held opportunity.  ~Hazel Lee

We die daily.  Happy those who daily come to life as well.  ~George MacDonald

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may;
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
~Robert Herrick

Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.  ~Ben Irwin

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.  ~Larry McMurtry, Some Can Whistle

When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.  ~Author unknown, from a television commercial

In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed.  So it is with Time in one’s life.  ~Marcel Proust, The Past Recaptured, 1927

Our time consumes like smoke, and posts away;
Nor can we treasure up a month or day:
The sand within the transitory glass
Doth haste, and so our silent minutes pass.
~Rowland Watkyns

If I could only remember that the days were, not bricks to be laid row on row, to be built into a solid house, where one might dwell in safety and peace, but only food for the fires of the heart.  ~Edmund Wilson

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