Life’s Priorities

Life’s Priorities

No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?

—Lee Iacocca (b. 1924), American businessman and author

If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

—Albert Camus (1913–1960), French author and philosopher

In all my years of private practice I’ve never heard one of my young clients (the children) mention “quality time.” All a child knows is that he wants your time and your attention, whether it’s to watch him do somersaults and cartwheels or to take him for a Big Mac. In trying to find time for your children, don’t worry too much about how much “quality” is in it. Give them all the time you can and the quality will take care of itself.

—Kevin Leman, American psychologist and best-selling author

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.

—Og Mandino (1923–1996), American author

I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.

—Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), American author, political theorist, scientist, musician, statesman, and diplomat

The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.

—Leo Babauta, American blogger and author

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), American essayist, lecturer, and poet

Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did.”

—Zig Ziglar (b. 1926), American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894), American physician, professor, lecturer, and author

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

—Robert Byrne (b. 1930), American author

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

—Cherokee proverb

Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die. … If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.

—Saint Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), Spanish nun, mystic, and writer

What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

—Jesus, Mark 8:36

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Ronan Keane

Ronan Keane is the executive editor of the Activated magazine. 

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