A famous quote about how short life is comes from Pablo Picasso, one of the most well-known artists in history. He said it while talking about his painting The Third Man, which depicts an old man looking at his hands—his own death.
The painter was deep thinking about mortality when he made this statement. He felt that we should be aware of our time here on Earth as there’s only a limited amount of it.
He also thought that we spend too much time focusing on things that don’t matter instead of spending time on what really does.
In fact, he once described himself as a “bad artist who painted good pictures.” That says a lot!
Picasso lived a pretty rich lifestyle, but he didn’t have a very strong faith. However, he did believe in fate or destiny and considered everything that happens to us to be part of that. So, being conscious of your brief existence makes sense because you get the chance to make an impact on other people before you pass away.
That can mean inspiring them through your career or personal life, or even changing the world for the better by serving as an example. You never know what might happen with all of those factors involved.
Many people have said some incredible things about life, mortality, and the fleeting nature of our time here on Earth. Some of these quotes are famous, while others remain relatively unknown. But they all share one common theme: we live once, there is only one chance, and it is worth living each day as if your last.
Many people believe that this idea comes from Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher who lived during the 4th century BC. Others say this concept was first expressed by Buddha, the Indian teacher who lived more than 2,500 years ago.
But the source truly does not matter. What matters is how beautifully this truth has been shared by many great thinkers over centuries. All of them emphasize the importance of living each moment as if it will never come back again, and the value of doing good in this world.
These ideas may sound heavy or even depressing at times, but I think they can help bring you into a greater sense of calmness, balance, and contentment. And although death is inevitable, what we do today will make a difference tomorrow.
We always think we have more time than we do, don’t we? You feel like you'll be in work until midnight, or you'd get home by 8 p.m., so you assume you've got plenty of time left to sleep, eat, and enjoy yourself before you drop off for the night.
But what if I told you that you can't spend all your life sleeping, eating, and enjoying yourself? What if I asked you how much money you have in the bank right now, and I multiplied that by two?
A couple years ago, I would have said that you haven't spent very much time awake at any given moment. But today – with all due respect to Mr. Miyagi -- I say that you're living as though your life is short.
You are spending large amounts of time working and saving money, but you aren't doing anything else with your time. You're not traveling or exploring new things. You're not investing in yourself or others. And you're wasting those small chunks of time that you DO have.
It's hard to remember that there isn't really anyone who owns his or her own time. We ALL have this same amount of time, and it goes away quickly.
So why don't we make better use of our time? Why wait till we're too busy to do something to take action, huh? It's time to start living (not passing) through our lives.
Consistency is one of the biggest factors in creating relationships and friendships. People are consistently themselves; they have habits that keep them from changing.
For example, people who eat vegetables every day are more likely to enjoy them than those who don’t. Or people who make their bed each morning will feel comfortable sleeping in it every night.
When you're being friendly, consistency is what helps your friends or colleagues recognize you as someone worth contacting or meeting with.
Consistency is also an integral part of keeping up morale at work. A steady stream of positive messages creates a supportive environment.
On the other hand, if all you do is throw away papers and trash bags full of unused materials, then nobody has any reason to trust you when you tell them you'll take care of theirs.
I've heard stories about how some artists' studios were filled with garbage because they didn't maintain a clean space. If you're going to succeed in art, there's no excuse for letting yourself fall into bad habit.
We often hear famous quotes about life being short, but what does this mean? What are some examples?
Most importantly, the person saying these things was not talking about how long it takes to get through your day-to-day tasks. They were speaking about lifetime happiness.
A few basic truths stand out when you think about it. You will not live forever, there is no way to know exactly where your life will take you, and we do not have control over most of the factors that make up our lives (job, family, etc.).
But one thing you can control is your attitude towards each moment. More than anything else, this changes how you feel about yourself and the world around you. This changes your perception of time because you spend more time thinking about positive experiences instead of negative ones.
This is why people say something like “life is too short” or “you only live once.” Because they believe that if they do not living their lives right now, they may never get another chance.
Also note that many times those people who say such strong statements are in very healthy mental and emotional states. When they speak about life being short, they are also usually happy.
We often hear this saying or quote about living life to enjoy it, but many of us do not understand what it means precisely. Many think that you should just keep partying and having fun as much as possible because that is what people with lived fast lives seem to be doing.
However, the true meaning of this phrase is actually going beyond party days to live your life every day like it matters.
This includes spending time with those who matter to you, giving yourself credit for efforts done well, and investing in things that make you happy and bring you joy.
You will find that these experiences are hard to come by at times so try being more conscious of how you spend your time and invest in things that contribute to your happiness.
It may take some effort at first but over time you will realize that your life does indeed have limited hours and opportunities.
A famous quote that many people know is something along the lines of eat, drink, and be merry because you will not get another chance to do it once life gets in gear. The author of this saying was Greek philosopher Epicurus, who lived during the Roman Empire era. He said this about 2,300 years ago!
Epicurus wanted his students to enjoy themselves but he also made an important point: You only have one shot at living your life so make sure it's worth it. He called this idea apotelesis or “self-examination” which comes down to asking yourself if what you are doing each day is worthwhile and if you are happy with your lifestyle then keep going like you are today. If you are looking forward to bigger and better things then start investing now in things such as education, career development, saving money, etc.
This way you will be prepared for when your dreams come true and you live them. Also, remember that life is short so don't waste any time being unhappy with your current state of affairs.
We often hear people talk about how life doesn't really matter, or that we shouldn't take things seriously because death will take care of us anyway. They say things like, 'life was going to end one way whether I worked hard or not' or 'I would be gone in ten minutes so why bother?'
These types of statements suggest that our lives are no more important than anyone else's, which isn't a good thing to believe. It could also be described as thinking about yourself first, which isn't healthy.
We should treat ourselves with the same respect as we would give to someone who lived next door, but only because it'll make us happy later. Because this short time here is all we have, we need to recognize and appreciate what we've got before we're taken away.
Having something to look forward to makes daily living much easier, especially during times of stress. Since we can never know how many days we have until we wake up, might as well enjoy each one while we can.
We spend so much of our time thinking about what we want to do next, that we sometimes forget how short life is. What are we spending all this time preparing for? Are we wasting our lives in trivial things like watching TV or eating snacks every day?
I know it can feel overwhelming at times, but you have no idea how quickly your life will pass you by. You only get one chance to live yours- whether it's a normal lifespan or longer than expected.
Don’t waste the days that you have before you by living with lackadaisical attitudes. Do not allow yourself to become someone else after deciding you don’t like this person anymore.
Live each moment as fully as possible because you never know when something unexpected will happen and take you away forever. Set meaningful goals, keep learning, cherish those around you, and believe in yourself – then let nature takes its course.