The Adventure of Life

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You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.
I want to be remembered as a kid who went down fighting, and didn’t really lose.
Zach Sobiech (1995-2013)

Watch Zach’s testament that brings to life Leronardo Da Vinci’s quote: Life well spent is long.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NjKgV65fpo

In life as in the dance, grace glides on blistered feet.
Alice Abrams – Quoted in And I Quote, Revised Edition, St. Martin’s Press, NY, NY, 2003, p. 285

We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.
Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) – quoted in: The Atlantic Community Quarterly v.14-15 1976-1978, p. 200

I have somewhere met with the epitaph of a charitable man, which has very much pleased me. I cannot recollect the words, but the sense of it is to this purpose; What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) The Spectator (1711-12)No. 177, Sep 22, 1711.

When an old man dies, it is a whole library which burns.
African proverb

Be brave enough to live creatively. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can only get there by hard work, by risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: Yourself.
Alan Alda (1936 – ) Quoted in The Educators Book of Quotes, ed John Blaydes, Corwin Press, 2003, p208

Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us, so be quick to love and make haste to be kind.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) – Journal Intime (1882), The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel as translated by Mary Augusta Ward, December 16, 1868.

Let the living live; and you, gather together your thoughts, leave behind you a legacy of feeling and ideas; you will be most useful so.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) – Journal Intime (1882), The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel as translated by Mary Augusta Ward, May 3, 1849

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
Maya Angelou (1928 – ) – Kicking Ass (interview), Conversations with Maya Angelou, ed. Jeffrey M. Elliot (1989).

Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
Anonymous

Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique.
Anonymous

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) – Stobacus, ed Frobenius, p223

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)– Fantastic Voyage II

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) -Life, Jan. 1984

The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.
St. Augustine (354-430) (Augustine of Hippo) – As quoted in Select Proverbs of All Nations by “Thomas Fielding” (John Wade), 1824, p. 216

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
St. Augustine (354-430) (Augustine of Hippo) – Quoted in Spirituality and Liberation: Overcoming the Great Fallacy (1988) by Robert McAfee Brown, p. 136.

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
St. Augustine (354-430) (Augustine of Hippo) – Confessions X (c 397)

The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.
St. Augustine (354-430) (Augustine of Hippo) – As quoted in Select Proverbs of All Nations by “Thomas Fielding” (John Wade), 1824, p. 216

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
St. Augustine (354-430) (Augustine of Hippo) – Quoted in Spirituality and Liberation: Overcoming the Great Fallacy (1988) by Robert McAfee Brown, p. 136.

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
St. Augustine (354-430) (Augustine of Hippo) – Confessions X (c 397)

You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) – Meditations (c. 161–180 CE) Book II, 5

Remember that even if you were to live for three thousand years, or thirty thousand, you could not lose any other life than the one you have, and there will be no other life after it. So the longest and the shortest lives are the same. The present moment is shared by all living creatures, but the time that is past is gone forever. No one can lose the past or the future, for if they don’t belong to you, how can they be taken from you?
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) – The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius, Mark Forstateer, Tr., 2000.

Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) – Meditations (c. 161–180 CE) Book III, 10

Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; but if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) – Meditations (c. 161–180 CE) Book VI, 19

Life is not to live merely, but to live well.
Lord Avebury (John Lubbock) {1834-1913) – Pleasures of the Life, “The Duty of Happiness,” MacMillan And Co, London, 1913, p.5

One person’s candle is light for many.
Babylonian Talmud – (2nd-5th C. CE) Shabbat

Remember the high board at the swimming pool? After days of looking up at it you finally climbed the wet steps to the platform. From there, it was higher than ever. There were only two ways down: the steps to defeat of the dive to victory. You stood on the edge, shivering in the hot sun, deathly afraid. At last you leaned too far forward, it was too late for retreat, and you dived. The high board was conquered, and you spent the rest of the day diving. Climbing a thousand high boards, we demolish fear, and turn into human beings.
Richard Bach – A Gift of Wings, Dell Publishing, 1975

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – The Advancement of Learning, bk. 2, ch. 7, sect. 5 (1605).

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