Still carpe diem after all these years

carpe diemThis is the time of year to reflect on what has happened in the last twelve months, think about what didn’t happen that we wanted, and make resolutions to do better over the next twelve months. This process has become as routine as many of the holidays we celebrate each year, but I am grateful for it. One of my leaders told me that when progress is measured, progress increases. Kind of related to this, how can we be on course when we do not know what our course is, or if we have a course, how can we stay on course if we never take time to evaluate where we are? We’ll, for me, there is a course that has been a theme of my life for the past decade or more, was the course I was thinking about when I started this blog, and ever looms strong in my mind – carpe diem.

At this point, I want to start a dynamic or living blog entry. I want to collect great quoits that I can memorize and use to inspire me in staying on my course to seize the day. As I come across new quotes over time, I will come back to this entry and update it. To start things off, here are a few that I really like.

  • “Carpe diem”
  • “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” Henry David Thoreau
  • “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and ask myself: “if today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”  And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” ~Steve Jobs
  • “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”~Henry David Thoreau
  • “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”  Gordon B. Hinckley
  • “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”~Helen Keller
  • “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all”~Oscar Wilde
  • “Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.”~Mary Manin Morrissey
  • “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin
  • “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”~Robert Byrne
  • “I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again”~Etienne de Grellet
  • “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”~Anonymous
  • “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
  • “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snow flake”~M.B. Ray
  • “Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today.”~James Dean
  • “Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all. When people suggest you follow your “passion” or your “bliss,” I propose that they are, in fact, referring to the same singular concept: excitement. This brings us full circle. The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”~Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
  • “You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.”~Ruth E. Renk
  • “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”~Braveheart
  • “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.”~Diane Ackerman
  • “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”~Abraham Lincoln
  • “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
  • “The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.”~Thomas Carlyle

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