What would you do if you have only so little time left in life? Have you ever thought about it??
Would you appreciate life more than ever? Would your perception of time change?
Would you love your loved ones even more knowing that your time on earth is limited?
We don’t endure to live a life. We live life because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?”
Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may give a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.
Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!
Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go, “that’s baaaaad.”
Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
What will be the verse in the play about our generation.? What will your verse say ?
I find that the greatest thing in life is not so much as where we stand but in what direction we are moving . To reach the port of heaven we must sometimes sail not only with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, not drift nor lie at anchor. I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor in magnificent glow. The proper function of man is to live not just to exist
But also remember that we are just a extra in everyone else’s play so we have to take others with us along the way
The bottom line is that, as President Kennedy said, “We all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” But it’s time to remind members of Congress and ourselves worried about the “cost” of public health and the rebuilding of our country, that the cost of leaving people behind , that course of not living your life and achieving your dreams , the cost of that inaction , is much greater.
To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
Anatole France (1844 – 1924)
Hope is a waking dream.
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don’t.
Brett Butler, ‘Knee Deep in Paradise’
To want to be what one can be is purpose in life.
Cynthia Ozick, O Magazine, September 2002
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001), “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849), “Eleonora”
The wisest men follow their own direction.
Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC)
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
Friedrich von Schiller (1759 – 1805)
You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), “Back to Methuselah” (1921), part 1, act 1
Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves.
Germaine Greer, O Magazine, September 2002
They say dreams are the windows of the soul–take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts.
Henry Bromel, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991
Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.
Homer (800 BC – 700 BC), The Odyssey
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
John Updike (1932 – )
I do not want to die… until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
Kathe Kollwitz, O Magazine, September 2002
There should be fireworks, at least, when a dream dies.
Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky, 2006
It has never been my object to record my dreams, just to realize them.
Man Ray, O Magazine, September 2002
One must desire something to be alive.
Margaret Deland, O Magazine, September 2002
Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968), Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)
Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 09-07-04
Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.
There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow.
Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885), Les Miserables, 1862
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.