What is the best quotation that has inspired your life?

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The two quotations that come to me in connection with your question are the following:

Etiam sapientibus cupido gloriae novissima exuitur.
The desire for glory clings even to the best men longer than any other passion.
Caius Cornelius Tacitus

For all men strive to grasp what they do not know, while none strive to grasp what they already know; and all strive to discredit what they do not excel in, while none strive to discredit what they do excel in. This is why there is chaos.
Chuang Tzu

Both of these struck me late in life. Both state a truth and both strongly imply that it should be possible to change. 

I happen to love quotations. I have read entire books of quotations from cover to cover. Some of them hit me because they express something I know, or sense intuitively, already. 

wordprof eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Thank you for asking.  This gives me the opportunity to share this most profound of insights, from William Saroyan’s play of the same name:  “In the time of your life, live.”  This bit of wisdom, free from cute wordplay or pomposity, reminds me daily to make choices, accept the consequences, and not hide from my humanity.  It has guided me whenever that fear of change starts to encroach upon my adventurous spirit, and has prompted me to give up the safety and reliability of my current circumstance and go forward into the next phase of my complicated life.  I hope it gives you the same thrill.  Saroyan’s play is a terrific read, incidentally.

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