Quotes to Help You Live Like You Were Dying

We so often fill our days with unnecessary stress and strife by focusing on the negative instead of the positive, taking part in mean-spirited and hurtful gossip, making mountains out of mole hills, or bickering over issues that in the larger scheme of things are inconsequential.

Here are a few quotes to help you bring things into better perspective because truly … the time that we spend on such pettiness is too precious to waste.

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

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

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

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

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

♦ The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, Little Foxes, 1865

♦ 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

♦ … taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself. For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee. ~Alexandra Potter, The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather

♦ Do it now! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don’t feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved. ~Napoleon Hill

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

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

♦ I’m less interested in why we’re here. I’m wholly devoted to while we’re here. ~Erika Harris

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

♦ 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

♦ 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

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

♦ 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

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

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

♦ Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely. ~Thomas P. Murphy


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