Carpe Diem

September 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Do What You Love, Happiness

carpe_diemIn yesterday’s article, entitled Life is Too Short to Not Do What You Love, I discussed the importance of doing what you love, from the perspective of the fact that life is too short to waste it doing drudgery type-work that will only drain your energy and keep you embedded in a High Density Lifestyle.

I gave you excerpts from an essay by the Roman philosopher Lucius Seneca entitled, On the Shortness of Time. “It’s not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it,” Seneca said

This is called Carpe Diem, or Seize the Day.seize-the-squirelly-day

When you live by the Carpe Diem mantra, of Seizing the Day, you know that life is too important and to vital to waste even a single breath doing the things that aren’t in synch with your soul.

The most integral thing in  your life then becomes doing what you love and living that way each and every day.

In the spirit of Carpe Diem, I give you quotes on the subject. May they inspire you to Seize the Day and live your dreams to the fullest.

Here they are:

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. ~ Dr. Seuss

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

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~ George Santayana, “War Shrines,” Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies, 1922

To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it – this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed. ~ Walter Scott

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. ~ John Burroughs

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

You may delay, but time will not. ~ Benjamin Franklin

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ~ Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

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

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

The word “now” is like a bomb through the window, and it ticks. ~ Arthur Miller, After the Fall, 1964

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. ~ Indian Saying

though love be a day and life be nothing, it shall not stop kissing. ~ e.e. cummings

Life is always walking up to us and saying, “Come on in, the living’s fine,” and what do we do?  Back off and take its picture.  ~ Russell Baker

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

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.  ~ Mark Twain

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.  ~ Jean de La Bruyère

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
~ William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 1600

I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.  ~ Henry James

May you live all the days of your life.  ~ Jonathan Swift

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.  ~ Johann von Goethe

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.  ~ Thomas La Mance

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.  ~ William Shakespeare

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die.  Or when.  You can only decide how you’re going to live.  Now.  ~ Joan Baez

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  ~ Japanese Proverb

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 Bruyère

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss


2 Responses to “Carpe Diem”
  1. Theresa Ruggiero says:

    Thank you Michael for being you for helping guide us on our spiritual paths so precious. God Bless, Theresa


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