is to live each day to the fullest.

“To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.”

William James (1842-1910); psychologist, philosopher, author

“Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.”

Hippocrates (460-370); ancient Greek physician

“Each child is an adventure into a better life — an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.”

Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978); 38th U.S. vice president

“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937); aviator, author

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931); Artist, Poet, Writer

“I count life just a stuff, to try the soul's strength on.”

Robert Browning (1812-1889); poet, playwright

“Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it.”

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963); writer, theologian, scholar

“By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.”

Frank Kafka (1883-1924); writer, novelist

“We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, 'here and now' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.”

Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955); philosopher

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”

Grandma [Anna Mary Robertson] Moses (1860-1961); artist

“I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days or great days.”

Lance Armstrong (born 1971); seven-time Tour de France winner

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine.”

Neil Armstrong (born 1930); first person to set foot on the moon

“Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today.”

John Dryden (1631-1700); poet, playwright

“Bloom where you are planted.”


“It is not given us to live lives of undisrupted calm, boredom, and mediocrity. It is given us to be edge-dwellers.”

Jay Deacon

“Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

John R. Wooden (1910-2010); basketball coach, author

“When it comes time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived. ”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); naturalist, author, philosopher

“To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.”

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931); Artist, Poet, Writer

“Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don’t miss it. ”

Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998); author, professor

“I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.”

Michael Jordan (born 1963); retired professional basketball player, businessman

“You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough.”

Joe E. Lewis (1902-1971); comedian, singer

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982); pianist

“We cannot wait for the storm to pass over - we must learn to dance in the rain.”


“Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don't rent them out to tomorrow.”

Jerry Spinelli (1941-0); author

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

Ernestine Ulmer (born 1925); writer

“These are days when no one should rely unduly on his “competence.” Strength lies in improvisation. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed.”

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940); critic, philosopher

“To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom...Since our office is with moments, let us husband them.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truely, laugh uncontrollably.”


“You can't change your past, and your future has not happened. Focus your energy on enjoying the moment you are living right now.”

Rod Williams musician

“Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.”

Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982); pianist

“The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.”

Ayn Rand (1905-1982); writer, philosopher

“The strength of a man's virtue must not be measured by his efforts, but by his ordinary life.”

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662); mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher

“An original life is unexplored territory. You don't get there by taking a taxi- you get there by carrying a canoe.”

Alan Alda (born 1936); actor, director, screenwriter

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

Dolly Parton (born 1946); Singer-songwriter, actress, author, philanthropist

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

Anne Sexton (1928-1974); Poet, writer

“It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!”

Adlai E. Stevenson (1835-1914); 23rd U.S. Vice-President

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ”

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967); poet, historian, novelist

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”

Joan of Arc (1412-1431); heroine of France

“In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back. -Peanuts character Charlie Brown”

Charles Shultz (1922-2000); cartoonist

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”

Federico Fellini (1920-1993); filmmaker

“Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.”

L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986); novelist, divised philosophy of Scientology

“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.”

Maya Angelou (born 1928); Poet, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author

“I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977); author, diarist

“I want to be everybody, and I want to be everything. One life is not enough. ”

Vladimir Sokoloff (1889-1962); Russian actor

“Friendship, love, health, energy, enthusiasm, and joy are the things that make life worth living and exploring.”

Denise Austin (born 1957); fitness instructor, columnist

“I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

Diane Ackerman American writer

“And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years. ”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have and should have.”

Louis E. Boone (born 1941); Author

“Live all you can - it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?”

Henry James (1843-1916); author, critic

“Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”

Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986); artist, educator

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.”

Storm Jameson (1891-1986); author

“Do not count the days; make the days count.”

Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] (born 1942); boxer

“This was a splendid life. Splendid in its obscurity and humility, splendid in its strength and charity, splendid in its achievements.”

Robert C. Mortimer Anglican Bishop of Exeter

“We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. We are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems. ”

Arthur O' Shaughnessy (1844-1881); British poet

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

Francesca Reigler

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula K. Le Guin (born 1929); author, poet, novelist

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”

Bruce Lee (1940-1973); Martial Artist, Philosopher

“If a wind blows, ride it!”

Arabic Proverb

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950); playwright, Nobel Prize winner

“I don't dwell on my age. It might limit what I can do. As long as I have my mind and health, it's just a number.”

Nola Ochs (born 1911); world's oldest college graduate

“The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer.”

Maya Angelou (born 1928); Poet, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author

“The heart may be broken, and the soul remain unshaken.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821); Emporer of France

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

Maya Angelou (born 1928); Poet, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875); author and poet

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. ”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

Agatha Christie (1890-1976); writer

“The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years, but the one with the richest experiences.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778); philosopher

“I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.”

Ian Fleming (1908-1964); English author, creator of the James Bond series

“Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.”

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956); Poet, playwright, theater director

“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.”

James Dean (1931-1955); actor

“Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls.”

Melodie Beattie motivational author

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925); American politician

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Billy 3 months ago from Mexico

leon liu 5 months ago from china

Life is like a train, its awesome.
Alen Saric about 1 year ago from Wahpeton, North Dakota

I commend her, but also a person has to realise their own capabilities, & classroom learning has never been my strongpoint.
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