Quotes About 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).

We live in deeds, not years: in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) – Festus (1839), scene v, A Country Town.

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) – The Little Minister (1891), I

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) – Westward Ho (1983)

We are all too much inclined, I think, to walk through life with our eyes shut. There are things all round us and right at our very feet that we have never seen, because we have never really looked.
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) – Address to Friend’s School, Washington DC, May 22, 1914, in National Geographic Magazine, June, 1914, “Out of the Beaten Track,” Volume 25, Number 6

Don’t keep forever on the public road, going only where others have gone and following one after the other like a flock of sheep. Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods.
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) – Address to Friend’s School, Washington DC, May 22, 1914, in National Geographic Magazine, June, 1914, “Out of the Beaten Track,” Volume 25, Number 6

Each morning the day lies like a fresh shirt on our bed; this incomparably fine, incomparably tightly woven tissue of pure prediction fits us perfectly. The happiness of the next twenty-four hours depends on our ability, on waking, to pick it up.
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) – “One Way Street” in Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings, Volume 1: 1913-1926 – Page 483

We are alive within Mystery, by miracle. 
Wendell Berry (1934 – )- Life Is A Miracle : An Essay Against Modern Superstition, Counterpoint, (2000), p.45.

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
William Blake (1757-1827) –  Poem “Proverbs of Hell,”  in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1793.

Begin today! No matter how feeble the light, let it shine as best it may. The world may need just that quality of light which you have.
Henry C. Blinn (1824-1905) – Quoted in: Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, 2006

When all else is lost, the future still remains.
Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904) – Quoted in Gems for the Fireside, O.H. Tiffany, Ed, A.W. Mills Pub, 1883, p835.

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: ‘It’s gonna go wrong.’ Or ‘She’s going to hurt me.’ Or ‘I had a couple of bad love affairs so therefore …’

Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) – 1990, October 12, Herald-Journal, Interview with the NYT,Page C1, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

We were put here as witnesses to the miracle of life. We see the stars, and we want them. We are beholden to give back to the universe…. If we make landfall on another star system, we become immortal.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) – Speech to National School Board Association (1995)

Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.
Sarah Ban Breathnach (1947 ) – Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy, Grand Central Publishing, NY, NY, 2005, Feb16.

Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) – Happy End (1929) Pelagea Vlasova in Scene 10

Exhaust the little moment.
Soon it dies.
And be it gash or gold it will not come
Again in this identical guise.
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) – “Exhaust the Moment,” from Annie Alien, 1949

O, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) – “Going up to Jerusalem,” Twenty Sermons, 1886, p. 330

We are haunted by an ideal life, and it is because we have within us the beginning and the possibility of it.
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) – Quoted in The Optimists’ Good Morning, Ed. Perin, Little, Brown and Co., 1907, p. 17

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s heaven for?
Robert Browning (1812-1889) – The Poems and Plays of Robert Browning, “Andrea del Sarto,” line 98, The Modern Library, NY, NY, 1934

Destiny is not a choice, it is a chance. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)  – “America’s Mission”, speech delivered by the leader of the Democratic Party at the Washington Day banquet given by the Virginia Democratic Association at Washington, D.C., February 22, 1899.

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) -quoted in An Apple for the Teacher: Fundamentals for Instructional Computing (1983) by George H. Culp and Herbert N. Nickles, p. 190

All things are possible until they are proved impossible — and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) – A Bridge for Passing (1962).

None but the ignorant can be bored by life. To the lovers of learning, life is pure adventure shared with adventurers.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) – “The Delights of Learning,” Address, University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation, April 6, 1960.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Attributed  to Edward Burke but the Quote Investigator concludes that the record is too incomplete to make strong claims about who crafted the quote: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/12/04/good-men-do/

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Quoted in Wisdom for the Soul, p391.

Love is the measure of life; only so far as we love do we really live.
John Burroughs (1837-1921) “The Art of Seeing Things,” Leaf and Tendril (1908)

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) – Samuel Butler’s Notebooks, 1951, p. 310, Speech at the Somerville Club, February 27, 1895.

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) – Note-Books, 1912, Ch. 8, p 189.

Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one.
Robert Brault – Quoted in Quotable Quotes, Readers Digest, 1997

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Rita Mae Brown (1944 – ) – Quoted in The Courage of Conviction, Phillip L. Berman, Ballantine Books, 1986, p34.

Life matters more than any painting, novel, film, or great big diamond.
Rita Mae Brown (1944 – ) – Bio, Rita Mae Brown Website, http://www.ritamaebrown.com/content/about.asp

We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life.
John Cage (1912-1992) -“Where Are We Going and What Are We Doing?,” Silence: Lectures and Writings, 1961

If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.
Albert Camus (1913-1960),  “Defense of Freedom ” in Resistance, Rebellion and Death, tr Justin O’Brien, 1961, p106. 

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus (1913-1960) – in The Unquiet Vision : Mirrors of Man in Existentialism (1969) by Nathan A. Scott, p. 116

Life is a sum of all your choices.
Albert Camus (1913-1960) – Quoted in Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, 2006, 457.

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) – The Sense of Wonder (1956)

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Canrnegie (1888-1955) – How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Simon & Schuster, 1984

Be kind to others. How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver (1864 – 1943) – Quoted in Quotes to Live by, Weinstein ed, Smashwords edition, 2009

I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
Willa Cather (1873-1947) – Death comes for the Archbishop (1927)

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
GK Chesterton (1874-1936) – All Things Considered (1908)

Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway.
Webb Chiles  (1941 -) – A Single Wave: Stories of Storms and Survival, 1999.

What matters is action. Not to think about writing, but to write. Not to ghink about sailing, but to sail. Not to think about loving, but to love.
Webb Chiles, The Open Boat: Across the Pacific. W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1982

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) – Quoted in The Prodigal Project : Book I : Genesis (2003) by Ken Abraham and Daniel Hart, p. 224

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal? And I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days. Humanity will not be cast down. We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) – Speech at Kinnaird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (“Unemployment”), October 10, 1908, in Liberalism and the Social Problem (1909), Churchill, Echo Library (2007), p. 87

One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.
Michael Cibenko – www.helium.com/users/137611

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen (1950 -)- Joy is my Compass: Taking the Risk to Follow your Bliss, Alan Cohen Publications, 1990, p 17.

The search for some ultimate significance in the universe, and in our little transient role in it, the compulsion to learn, to know, to find the truth, to answer questions and solve problems — these constitute the essence of an aware existence, the central core of intelligent life.
Dale Rex Coman (1906 – ) – The Endless Adventure, Henry Regency Co., Chicago, IL, 1972, p. 74

It takes some living to discover that the living itself is one’s life, that life is not a goal to attain but a possession to relish.
Dale Rex Coman (1906 – )- The Endless Adventure, Henry Regency Co., Chicago, IL, 1972

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