Regret for wasted time is more wasted time. ~Mason Cooley
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, Little Foxes, 1865
There are many To-morrows, my Love, my Love, –
There is only one To-day.
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something 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. ~Fr. Alfred D’Souza
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.
To-morrow – oh, ’twill never be,
If we should live a thousand years!
Our time is all to-day, to-day,
The same, though changed; and while it flies
With still small voice the moments say:
"To-day, to-day, be wise, be wise."
~James Montgomery, To-dayBMC
If life has those moments ? ecstasies of health, youth and peace… ? treasure them. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate StephensTPVgb, Smith b.1849-d.1877, Stephens b.1853-d.1938; Smith was Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Kansas from 1872-1875
Never forget that you must die; that death will come sooner than you expect… God has written the letters of death upon your hands. In the inside of your hands you will see the letters M.M. It means "Memento Mori" – remember you must die. ~J. Furniss, Tracts for Spiritual ReadingMHC
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 ScottCOCI
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker
Later never exists. ~Author UnknownSD
Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent. ~Samuel Johnson
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. ~Larry McMurtry, Some Can Whistle
Yiipppeeee! It’s a new day! A special day. It’s today!reminiscent of a seuss? ~Terri Guillemets
Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. ~Margaret Fuller
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. ~Jack London
Now is the time to get drunk! To stop being the martyred slaves of time, to get absolutely drunk – on wine, poetry, or on virtue, as you please. ~Charles Baudelaire, "Enivrez-vous," Paris Spleen, 1869LCD
Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. ~Author Unknown
Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. ~Charles Richards
The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. ~Monica Baldwin
Remember you must die whether you sit about moping all day long or whether on feast days you stretch out in a green field, happy with a bottle of Falernian from your innermost cellar. ~HoraceDCMOO
What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal. ~John Howe
Eventually you realize that your whole life up to now has been preparation, and you begin to suspect that the rest might be preparation, too. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. ~Henry David Thoreau, "Economy," Walden, 1854MBT, p33
I try to treat each evening and weekend as little slices of retirement because no one is guaranteed a lengthy one at the end of their career. ~Mike Hammar2011mail
If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. ~Andrea Boydston
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean
I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn’t know, I held opportunity. ~Hazel Lee
If you could travel back in time to the present moment, what would you do differently? ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
…Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
~Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day" (poem)
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. ~Sydney J. Harris
Many a man gets weary of clamping down on his rough impulses, which if given occasional release would encourage the living of life with salt in it, in place of dust. ~Henry S. Haskins
When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch. ~Author unknown, from a television commercial
Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. ~Allen Saunders, 1957John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”; similar expressions were used by others prior to Lennon’s use of this line, and have been attributed to Betty Talmadge, Thomas La Mance, Margarate Millar, William Gaddis, and Lily Tomlin, but the earliest known published occurrence was the 1957 attribution of Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. to Allen Saunders in Reader’s Digest, according to The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When (2006) by Ralph Keyes
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
~William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 1600LCD
When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. ~Samuel Johnson
Who knows whether the gods will add tomorrow to the present hour? ~Horace
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
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
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
If I could only remember that the days were, not bricks to be laid row on row, to be built into a solid house, where one might dwell in safety and peace, but only food for the fires of the heart. ~Edmund WilsonSD
As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do. ~Zachary Scott
Each day is an opportunity to travel back into tomorrow’s past and change it. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Catch, then, oh catch the transient hour;
Improve each moment as it flies!
Life’s a short summer, man a flower;
He dies – alas! how soon he dies!
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. ~Wayne Dyer
Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity. Waste not the smallest time in imbecile infirmity, for well thou knowest that seconds form eternity. ~E. KnightQSO
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. ~Ruth E. Renkl
When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation), sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning – how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse. ~Lord Byron
Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life. ~Michael Leboeuf
Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think. ~Chinese Proverb
Is there life before death? ~Author Unknown
Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Voiceless"commonly misquoted as 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. =or= go to the grave with the song still in them; walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page
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?
Fields can lie fallow, but we can’t; we have less time. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN
We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. ~George M. Adams
To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. ~William JamesPIH
Don’t put off your happy life. ~Author Unknown
Life, if well lived, is long enough. ~Seneca, De IraHHQ
‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he’s dead.
The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked. ~Tillie Olsen, Tell Me a Riddle
That it will never come again
Is what makes life so sweet.
The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has. ~Hamilton
We are always getting ready to live but never living. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well. ~George MacDonald
I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. ~Bernard Berenson
He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again. ~Sydney SmithQSO
The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity. ~Helen Rowland
Every man dies. Not every man really lives. ~Braveheart
A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time. ~Francis Bacon, EssaysDCMOO
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln
What to do with your one life? The same thing you would do if you had two lives, and this were the second. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
We do not do what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact. ~Jean Paul Sartre, Situations, 1939MBT
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
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ~Stephen Levine
Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN
In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one’s life. ~Marcel Proust, The Past Recaptured, 1927LCD
Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain. ~William Hazlitt, On the Love of Life, 1815MBT
Only that day dawns to which we are awake. ~Henry David Thoreau
Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead. ~Scottish Proverb
All the windows of my heart I open to the day. ~John Greenleaf Whittier