“Life is but a brief moment. The years go by quickly and old age arrives suddenly before we have an inkling. People desire so many things and waste their days in vain. Some yearn for gold, others for power, yet others for glory and a higher station. But when death’s moment nears and they look back at their lives they’ve lived, they realize they’ve been happy only during those moments when they’ve loved.”
“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”
– D.H. Lawrence
“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 onto future generations.”
– George Bernard Shaw
“For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had 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.”
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
– John Lennon
“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
– Oprah Winfrey
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Dude This Entry Is Weird – This Is Not Like Your Normal Articles. What Gives?
For years ago I have collected quotes that have in some way affected me and changed my life. I collect them in random places – a professor opening a lecture with one, books and those irritating spam forwards from friends. I have literally kept some scraps for years in physical folders – clipping from magazines and printed copies.
I have occasionally used these quotes to illustrate my articles. For a long time, I have saved them, hoping for the right article to insert them into. When Ali Hale offered to write about motivation when your passion fades, I dug up a quote from a Reader’s Digest scrap I’d ripped out over 15 years ago to help drive the point home.
I have now realized that six months have gone by, and due to my hardly using quotes in my writing, I have not shared many of these inspirational quotes about life. It struck me as I drew a parallel between what I was doing, and another quote I really enjoy:
“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.”
– Mary Manin Morrissey
I do not know when the right time will be for many of my favorite quotes. If I find an appropriate article I will reuse the quotes to illustrate a apoint – but even if I can’t, I still want to share them, else I do a great disservice to you, my readers. Enjoy, and there will be more to come, perhaps once every couple weeks.