Words to Live By

A new year, a new beginning, blah blah blah.  Really, 2015 feels no different so far than 2014, and I don’t plan on making any resolutions, but I do have a few goals for the year.  I’ve seen other people choose words as a theme for their year, but instead I thought I might choose a good quote for the year.  However, I had a really hard time choosing and narrowing one down.  Making decisions is my least favorite thing. So, instead I’m going to share the list that will serve as the inspiration for my 2015, and there is a theme at the very least.  I want to make this year a great year.  I want to read more, I want to laugh more, I want to be mindful of the present and I want to make it all count. Good and bad, I want to experience my life rather than just hurrying through the days.


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“Where there is love there is life.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”
― Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
― E.E. Cummings

“The past has no power over the present moment.”
― Eckhart Tolle

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
― Yann MartelLife of Pi

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