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Quotes - Living


One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it’s too late.

 Pablo Picasso, Spanish Painter & Sculptor


I’ve never really learned how to live and I’ve discovered too late that life is for living.

 Lord Reith, Founder BBC


It’s better to burn out than to fade away.

 Neil Young, Singer & Songwriter


There are but three events in a man’s life: birth, life and death. He is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain and he forgets to live.

 Jean de la Bruyere, French Essayist & Moralist


Live for the present and the future will look after itself.

 Old adage


If everything is under control you’re going too slow.

 Mario Andretti, Italian Race Car Driver


As is a tale, so is life: Not how long it is, but how good it is. That is what matters.

 SenecaRoman Philosopher


There are no second acts in American lives.

 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American Author


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

 Helen Keller, American Author & Activist


I know this … a man got to do what he got to do.

 The Grapes of Wrath


Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

Oscar Wilde, Irish Writer & Poet


The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

 Chinese Proverb


Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.

 Lillian Dickson, American Missionary


Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt and dance like nobody's watching.

Mark Twain, American Author & Humorist


To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

 Oscar Wilde, Irish Writer & Poet


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:  It Goes On.

 Robert Frost, American Poet


You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West, American Actress


Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Hunter Thompson, American Journalist & Author


Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the road you're on.

 Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven


Life is what happens to you while you're busy making plans.

 John Lennon, British Musician


Don't want to live somebody else’s life. This is what I want to be                                                                                                            

Red Hot Chili Peppers, I Could Die for You


You should never be bored. There are too many books you have not read to be bored, there are too many countries you have yet to see to be bored, there are too many people you have never met to be bored.  There is no excuse for being bored.  Life is too short to be bored.

 Tony Parsons, British Journalist


The world belongs to the energetic.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Author


For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American Author


It's never too late to be what you might have been.

 George Eliot, English Novelist


We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life.

Jerry Garcia, Lead Guitarist Grateful Dead


Follow your dreams. They know the way.

 Kobi Yamada, American Author


Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

 Amelia Earhart, American Aviator


'Why not?' is a slogan for an interesting life.

Mason Cooley, American Aphorist


There is more to life than increasing its speed.

 Mahatma Gandhi, Leader of Indian nationalism


There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

 George Santayana, Spanish Philosopher


Life is the sum of all your choices.

Albert Camus, French Author


Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t slow down and look around, you just might miss it.

 Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.

 Richard Branson, Founder Virgin Group


I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going. To be enthusiastic every day and [as] Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm" -- to keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality.

 Jim Valvano , Excerpt from ’83 ESPY speech


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

 Confucius, Chinese Philosopher


A life without cause is a life without effect.



I’m not in it for my health. I’m a musician and I wanna live the way I do.

 Levon Helm, American Musician


I guess it comes down to a simple choice. Get busy living or get busy dying.

 Andy Dufrense, Shawshank Redemption


Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.

Dean Acheson, U.S. Secretary of State


Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation on how it shall be spent.

 Samuel Johnson, English Writer


It’s the possibility of a dream coming true that makes life interesting.

 The Alchemist


Life gives us exactly what we expect from it.  No more, no less. We tend to forget however, that it is generally ready to give us much more than we realize.

 The Instant Millionaire


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.