“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

-Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

“[L]ife is still the most incredible reality show around—far more real than the stuff labeled as ‘reality television.’ The good news is we are the director, producer, and writer of that show. If it’s a big flop, then that’s on us.”

Pete Springer, in the comments of “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

-Possibly Ernest T. Campbell, “Give Ye Them To Eat”
Also attributed to Mark Twain, Don Boyer, Les Brown, Kyrbyjon Caldwell, Dave Martin, John C. Maxwell, Danny McDaniel, J. Sewell Perkins, Bob Proctor, Felicia Shaw, Dianne Wilson, David Wood, Darlene Zschech, and Dr. Rev. Thomas K. Tewell.