Inspiring Quotes: Life and Living

Someone in my family died a couple of days ago. A wonderful and kind woman who had been fighting a disease for a long time. And there are two other people, very close to me, who are struggling for life – a two and a half year old and a 60 year old.

We have no control over when and how we will die. But we can choose how we live – with gratefulness, happiness, peace, contentment, love, laughter, fulfillment, forgiveness, action… or with complaints, anger, worries, greed, hate, jealousy, procrastination…

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrow.” (Pope Paul)

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

“As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.” (George Bernard Shaw)

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” (Leonardo Da Vinci)

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

“Death is not the greatest of loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” (Norman Cousins)

“Have courage to live. Anyone can die.” (Robert Cody)

“A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.” (Charles Darwin)

“A man whose today is the same as yesterday is as good as dead.” (Imam Ali)

“Life is too short to complain.” (Yours truly)

[Photo of a Muslim graveyard in Sarajevo]

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9 thoughts on “Inspiring Quotes: Life and Living

  1. Prophet’s wife Aisha once advised a hard hearted woman to remember her death every day. She came back after sometime thanked Aisha for her advice and told her how she had become kind hearted ! Remembering that you are mortal has a humbling effect for sure! Thanks so much for reminding us , what an amazing write up !


  2. ” pressure can change you into something quite precious, quite wonderfull, quite beautifull and extremely hard.”


  3. We have so many things surrounding us that make us happy and hopeful but we realize their presence only when somebody points it out to us. Human nature is like that. Let us begin to realize and celebrate…We are ALIVE…:)


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