Happy is the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have liv’d today.
~ John Dryden, in Translation of Horace
Dream as if you have forever. Live as if you only have today.
~ James Dean
Life begins when you do.
~ Hugh Downs
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
~ E. E. Cummings
The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do.
~ Amelia Earhart
The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live.
The life that we are given has its minutes numbered, and in addition it is given to us empty. Whether we like it or not we have to fill it on our own; that is, we have to occupy it one way or another. Thus the essence of life lies in its occupations. . . When he [man] becomes aware of existence, he finds himself before a terrifying emptiness. He does not know what to do; he himself must invent his own tasks or occupations.
~ Jose Ortega y Gasset. Meditations on Hunting. NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1972. Page 27.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
– Alan Kay
I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. The proper function of men is to live, not exist.
~ Jack London
The glory of God is the fully alive human being.
~ Irenaeus of Lyons
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
~ Chinese Proverb
It is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.
~ Old Persian proverb
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
~ Henry David Thoreau, in Life Without Principle
You’ve got to get to the state in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
~ Arthur Ashe
You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
~ Wayne Gretzky
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
~ William Jennings Bryan
In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.
~ Hank Aaron
I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.
~ Albert Einstein
If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.
~ Brendan Francis
It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.
~ Grace Hopper
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Every beginning is a consequence. Every beginning ends something.
~ Paul Valery
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
~ Maria Robinson
The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
~ Joseph Campbell
If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
~ Yogi Berra
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
~ William Feather